It's almost here - St. Patrick's Day. I'm not super into St. Patrick's Day but as a Mom I try to celebrate (and educate) my kids about most holidays and special events. That's important, right?
I wasn't quite sure what to make for this special day. St. Patty's Day sugar cookies are always a hit in our house but I'm a little tired of sugar cookies after Valentine's Day. And my kids wouldn't go near corned beef and cabbage if I paid them. So we decided on Irish Potato Candy. There are two "traditional" types of Potato Candy and I thought they both sounded tasty, so we made both.
Irish Potato Candy
Adapted from: Cooks.com
2 (1 lb.) boxes powdered sugar
1/2 cup hot mashed potatoes, drained
peanut butter (you can use creamy or chunky)
- Boil your potatoes like you always do for mashed potatoes.
- Measure out about 1 cup of potato chunks and add to mixing bowl.
- Beat until crumbly.
- Start adding the powdered sugar. Don't be alarmed when it turns to liquid. This is normal.
- Just keep adding powdered sugar until it is thick and spreadable.
- Sprinkle waxed paper with additional powdered sugar. Make sure there are no "blad" spots. This mixture is pretty sticky and will stick to the paper. I used this handy dandy Pampered Chef pastry roller. It worked great! (My kids also like it for Pay Doh) =o)
- Take a baseball sized ball of mixture and roll out on waxed paper.
- Spread with peanut butter.
- Roll up
- Refrigerate for a couple of hours, then slice.
For the second variation:
- After mixture is thick, roll into walnut sized pieces shaping them to look like potatoes.
- Let sit on the counter for a couple of hours or refrigerate. This makes the cinnamon not get moist when you roll them in it. I'm not sure how - it's just the law =o)
- Roll in cinnamon.
Store in the refrigerator.
I'm not sure which one I liked more. I really like the taste of the peanut butter but the ones in cinnamon look so darn cool.
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Happy St. Patrick's Day! Don't forget to wear green or you'll get pinched - which, by the way, is strickly an American tradition.
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I'm also joining Kathleen and her 3rd Annual St. Patrick's Day Blog Crawl!