Pot ato e s s h o w u p i n c o o k i e s a n d c a n d y

Moose Jaw Express.com - - Puzzles & Games - Po­tato Pecan Cook­ies By Joyce Wal­ter For Moose Jaw Ex­press Co­conut Po­tato Kisses Po­tato Peanut But­ter Candy

The po­tato is def­i­nitely a ver­sa­tile kitchen sta­ple — mashed pota­toes, scal­loped pota­toes, boiled and baked pota­toes right through to the popular po­tato chips.

But some­times they are used in dishes that one would never imag­ine — cakes, cook­ies, can­dies and pud­dings. This week’s recipes come from a cook­book de­voted en­tirely to “The In­cred­i­ble Po­tato.”

••• Cream but­ter then add sugar a lit­tle at a time. Add egg and beat well. Add vanilla, ground pe­cans and mashed pota­toes and beat well. Add sifted flour, soda, salt and spices to but­ter mix­ture. Form into 1 inch balls and place on cookie sheet. Place a por­tion of a whole pecan in the cen­tre and press down lightly.

Bake at 350 de­grees F for 10-12 min­utes or un­til lightly browned. Cool on rack and then store in a cool cup­board or re­frig­er­a­tor.

••• Pre­pare pota­toes and beat un­til all lumps have been re­moved. Keep warm.

Beat in but­ter and sugar un­til thor­oughly blended. Mix in co­coa, vanilla, salt and co­conut. If too stiff, add up to 2 tb­sps. more but­ter.

Drop by tea­spoon­ful onto waxed pa­per placed in a large con­tainer. Let har­den in re­frig­er­a­tor for a few min­utes. Makes about 2 lbs. of candy. ••• Blend pota­toes, but­ter and vanilla un­til smooth. Add ic­ing sugar, 1 cup at a time, un­til dough is stiff enough to shape. Roll candy out be­tween 2 sheets of waxed pa­per into a rec­tan­gle, about 18x10 inches wide and 1/2 inch thick. Re­move top piece of waxed pa­per and spread with peanut but­ter. Roll up from long side, jelly roll fash­ion. Cut roll in half across and wrap each piece in waxed pa­per. Chill 2 hours.

To serve, cut into 1/4 inch slices. This will keep only a few days in re­frig­er­a­tor. Note: do not at­tempt to make this candy in rainy or hu­mid weather be­cause candy will not har­den prop­erly.

Joyce Wal­ter can be reached at ron­[email protected]­tel.net

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