September is National Potato Month. As such, I thought it would be fun to celebrate with a bunch of potato recipes. The other day, for example, I posted a yummy potato soup recipe.
I also wanted to feature a potato candy recipe because I remembered making some with my mom one time, but it wasn’t the roll-out-the-log kind of potato candy that you can find hundreds of recipes of online. Her potato candy recipe was easier than that (or so I thought) – just mix all the ingredients together and roll them into little balls that you coat with powdered (confectioner’s) sugar. Well, I tried to do it from memory, and…it was a big, fat FAIL! I could NOT replicate my mom’s potato candy balls.
Since I came out with a big, sticky, ooey-gooey mess, I tried to make something of it by adding flour and baking powder and sticking it in the microwave. The result? A deliciously rich, thick cake that’s great for breakfast or snack time. No need to ice this baby. It’s perfect as is (the confectioner’s sugar is inside the mix, remember).
Thankfully, I was able to turn a near-food tragedy into a delicious food WIN! But I guess I’ll need to bug my mom to give me her potato candy recipe so I can see where I went wrong with that.
However, today I bring you what I affectionately call Potato Candy Cake Bites. Yum!
- 4 servings instant mashed potatoes, prepared according to box instructions
- 2 cups confectioner’s sugar
- 2 cups creamy peanut butter
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp coriander
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- In a large bowl, mix together cooked instant mashed potatoes, peanut butter, confectioner’s sugar, and spices.
- Add flour and baking powder, and stir until combined. Mixture will be slightly thick.
- Grease an 8 X 11-inch Pyrex baking pan.
- Spoon potato candy batter into the greased pan.
- Cook in the microwave on medium (Power Level 5) for 10 minutes.
- Rotate once in the middle of cooking, if you don’t have a turntable (or, if your microwave is small like mine, and the baking pan gets stuck so the turntable can’t move).
- Microwave on high 4-6 minutes. Check the cake carefully at this stage.
- When the cake is done, the top will appear mostly dry (this cake stays pretty moist)
- Cut into 24 smallish squares to serve. These cake pieces are very thick!
I was pleasantly surprised by how well these little gems turned out (especially considering how disappointed I was when the potato candy didn’t turn out the way I thought it would). These things are super-filling, but super-delicious! My whole family loves them, and I hope yours does too!