If you have never had this "Old Fashioned Potato Candy", you have really missed out. It's called potato candy, because it's made with mashed potatoes. Makes sense doesn't it? It might sound weird if you have never tried it, but believe me, it works. We make another version of this with cream cheese also, but you can hardly tell the difference. I am sure when this was originally made, they didn't have the availability of cream cheese like we do today. The starch in the potatoes is what makes this work. It doesn't taste at all like potatoes though. Here is what you will need for this:
1/4 cup mashed potatoes
2 Tbs. butter, room temperature (no substitutions)
2 Tbs. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
pinch of salt
1lb. confectioner's sugar
1/3 cup peanut butter
Combine mashed potatoes, butter, milk, vanilla and salt.
Gradually mix in the powdered sugar until a dough forms. Chill the dough for 1 hour.
Sprinkle about 1 Tbs. confectioners sugar onto wax paper or a large cutting board and roll the dough out into a large rectangle.
Spread the peanut butter out in a thin layer to cover all of the dough. This might take just a bit more than 1/3 cup depending on how large your rolled your rectangle.
Roll it up like you would a jelly roll. Wrap it up tight in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator at least 2 hours before slicing into pieces to serve. Keep in an airtight container and in the refrigerator when not serving to keep it from drying out.
This is really pretty on candy or dessert trays!