No-Bake Peanut Butter Potato Candy

Pieces of sliced potato candy with peanut butter.

This no-bake potato candy with a wonderful salty-sweet combination is an old fashioned recipe that’s been passed down for generations. It combines only three ingredients: one mashed potato, powdered sugar, and a layer of peanut butter. The dough is then rolled into a log and cut like pinwheels.

 

This no-bake potato candy is an old fashioned recipe that only needs three ingredients to make: one mashed potato, powdered sugar, and a layer of peanut butter. Enjoy this nostalgic dessert at your next celebration, holiday festivity, or your family reunion. | allthatsjas.com | #candy #sweets #treat #potato #potatocandy #peanutbutter #easy #threeingredinets #Irish #StPatricksDay #Christmas #oldfashioned #nobake #glutenfree #pinwheels #allthatsjas #reicpes #worldcuisine #dessert

 

This recipe works great with leftover mashed potatoes, but you can use instant mashed potatoes or baked potato as well. In my book, desserts that I don’t have to bake are the best kind and the fact that this peanut butter potato candy only uses a few ingredients is just a bonus.

 

NOTE: this candy, although pretty tasty and gluten-free, is super rich. There’s a fair amount of powdered sugar mixed in with one potato. A little goes a long way!

 

POTATO CANDY ORIGIN

 

There’s very little documentation on the history of this dessert but many claim it as an old family recipe from their great grandparents of Irish descent. It makes sense as potato was Ireland’s main crop for centuries and poor farmer’s meager livelihood.

 

Some say it’s German and others, however, claim this recipe originated in the South during the Great Depression. There’s probably some truth in all of this. The addition of peanut butter is definitely American. Melted chocolate with chopped nuts is another option for the filling. I made a roll with Nutella but quite frankly, it was too sweet even for my super sweet tooth.

 

Another variation is to add desiccated coconut into the dough.  You can color the dough with green food coloring for St. Patrick’s Day candy, which also works for Christmas, as well as does the red color.

 

You only need three simple ingredients to make this Irish peanut butter #potato candy. It's #nobake and #glutenfree, but rich and super #sweet! #candy Click To Tweet

 

Peanut butter sweet potato pinwheels on a white plate

 

HOW TO MAKE NO-BAKE POTATO CANDY?

 

Potato acts as a binder, holding the candy ingredients together, but no worries – you can’t actually taste the potato. It takes just a few simple steps to make this old-school candy.

 

  1. Boil potato until well done, drain, and mash it with a fork or potato masher. Cool.
  2. Start adding the powdered sugar. The mixture will be runny at first; keep adding sugar till you get a smooth dough consistency.
  3. Roll the dough out on a rectangle, spread with peanut butter and roll up, jelly-roll style. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate or freeze.
  4. Unwrap and slice into Β½-inch pieces.

 

Enjoy this nostalgic dessert at your next celebration, holiday festivity, or your family reunion.

 

Three ingredients for potato candy: mashed potato, powdered sugar, and peanut butter.

 

Rolling and filling the potato candy dough - a 4-picture collage

 

HOW TO STORE POTATO CANDY?

 

Potato candy will keep fresh in the refrigerator for up to a week if stored in an airtight container. It will keep in the freezer for at least a month. Tip: layer wax paper between the rows of candy.

 

RECIPE NOTES:

 

  • Work quickly as the dough dries fairly fast. If your dough begins to harden, wet your hands with a small amount of water and knead the dough back to the proper consistency.
  • When spreading the peanut butter, leave a 1/4-inch edge. Otherwise, the peanut butter will seep out and make a messy roll.
  • The amount of sugar needed depends on the moisture level and the size of your potato. You should have about 1/3-1/2 cup of mashed potato but don’t worry if you’re over or under. Just add less or more sugar for the right consistency. Your dough should be slightly firmer than cookie dough.
  • If you have peanut allergies, use nut-free sun butter or almond butter if tolerated. Cookie butter is another option. It’s made from pulverized cookies, butter or condensed milk, and sugar.
  • You can add a teaspoon of vanilla extract to the mashed potato if you wish.
  • Separate the dough into 2, 3 or 4 even pieces if you’d like a mixture of candy – with different filling or color (see ideas in the post).
  • If you’re making more than one roll, slice them into 1/2-inch thick pieces (as rolls will be smaller), otherwise slice one big roll into 1/4-inch thick pieces.

 

Candy slices in three rows of four.

 

IF YOU LIKE THIS RECIPE, TRY THIS POTATO DESSERT:

 

NO BAKE POTATO CHOCOLATE RUM BARS

 

Potato candy piece bite with creamy peanut butter filling.


Pieces of sliced potato candy with peanut butter.
Print Recipe

Peanut Butter Potato Candy

This simple Peanut Butter Potato Candy is an old fashioned Irish treat made with only 3 ingredients, it's gluten-free and doesn't require any baking!
Prep Time30 mins
Chilling Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Irish
Servings: 24 pieces
Author: Jas

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 small Russet potato peeled and diced
  • 6-8 cups powdered sugar
  • 2/3 cups peanut butter

DIRECTIONS:

  • In a small pot of boiling water, cook the potato until tender. Drain and transfer to a bowl; mash until smooth and lump-free. Let cool completely.
  • With an electric mixer on low speed, beat together the potato and powdered sugar, one cup at a time, until mixture is thick and the pearly dough forms.
  • Transfer the dough onto a large sheet of parchment paper sprinkled with powdered sugar; dust more powdered sugar on top. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a large rectangular shape, approximately 1/4-inch thick; trim to form straight edges.
  • Spread peanut butter over dough (see recipe notes). Starting at one long side, tightly roll up candy, jelly-roll style, using parchment paper as a guide. Wrap in parchment paper or plastic wrap, and freeze or refrigerate for 30-60 minutes.
  • Unwrap and cut candy into 1/4-inch thick pieces. Enjoy! (See the post for storing the leftover candy)

RECIPE NOTES:

  • Work quickly as the dough dries fairly fast. If your dough begins to harden, wet your hands with a small amount of water and knead the dough back to the proper consistency.
  • When spreading the peanut butter, leave a 1/4-inch edge. Otherwise, the peanut butter will seep out and make a messy roll.
  • The amount of sugar needed depends on the moisture level and the size of your potato. You should have about 1/3-1/2 cup of mashed potato but don't worry if you're over or under. Just add less or more sugar for the right consistency. Your dough should be slightly firmer than cookie dough.
  • If you have peanut allergies, use nut-free sun butter or almond butter if tolerated. Cookie butter is another option. (It's made from pulverized cookies, butter or condensed milk, and sugar).
  • You can add a teaspoon of vanilla extract to the mashed potato if you wish.
  • Separate the dough into 2, 3 or 4 even pieces if you'd like a mixture of candy - with different filling or color (see ideas in the post).
  • If you're making more than one roll, slice them into 1/2-inch thick pieces (as rolls will be smaller), otherwise slice one big roll into 1/4-inch thick pieces.
Tried this recipe?Snap a photo and mention @all_thats_jas or tag #allthatsjas on Instagram for a chance to be featured!

NUTRITIONS:

Nutrition Facts
Peanut Butter Potato Candy
Amount Per Serving
Calories 165 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Sodium 33mg 1%
Potassium 83mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 32g 11%
Sugars 30g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin C 0.6%
Calcium 0.4%
Iron 1.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

KEEP IN TOUCH AND GET UPDATES BY SUBSCRIBING TO ALL THAT’S JAS MAILING LIST BELOW!💌

 

 

Follow me

Jas

publisher and creative director at All that's Jas
Jas is a cheesecake addict and the author of Balkan Comfort Food cookbook available on Amazon. You can download a free excerpt of the book when you subscribe to All that's Jas newsletter updates or purchase the full version below. To learn more about Jas visit her About page.
Follow me
Previous Story
Next Story

20 Comment

  1. Reply
    Ron
    February 26, 2019 at 8:23 am

    Jas, after the holiday success we had with your Potato Chocolate Rum Bars recipe, this one will be on the Easter dessert table. Seriously, Swedes love that rum bar. We’ve forward that post to a number of people.
    But your Peanut Butter Potato Candy looks fantastic as well. A simple and sweet finger food – how good is that.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 26, 2019 at 8:51 am

      I so appreciate your kindness, Ron, and thank you for forwarding my recipe to your friends! I think potatoes are a super vegetable! So versatile in savory cooking plus you can use it in sweets, not to mention the booze, ha! Hope you like this potato candy (use cookie butter since your household is nut-free) or make with peanut butter for your friends.

      1. Reply
        Ron
        March 5, 2019 at 7:21 am

        Jas, thanks for thinking of our nut-free house. I’ve a better plan, I gave it to my MIL and she’s going to make it for an upcoming family fika at her place. Win-win.

        1. Reply
          Jas
          March 7, 2019 at 9:25 am

          Ha! That’s a perfect plan. πŸ˜€

  2. Reply
    Alice V-DIYerfy
    February 27, 2019 at 8:04 am

    this looks like such a neat treat to make I have to try it at home. Pinning it for later too. Thanks for linking this up with us at #OMHGWW and hope to see you next week!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 27, 2019 at 10:30 pm

      Thank you much, Alice! xx

  3. Reply
    Kat
    March 1, 2019 at 8:45 am

    I am always drawn to recipes that have peanut butter, and I am intrigued by the peanut butter and potato combination. I will probably try it with a russet potato first, as you suggest, but I would like to try it with sweet potato too! Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 2, 2019 at 11:48 am

      Hi, Kat! The sweet potato combo sounds interesting, however, keep in mind these two things:
      1. sweet potato contains more moisture, thus you will need more sugar to get the consistency of a dough.
      2. sweet potato, as its name suggests, is already sweet and this candy is pretty sweet even with a Russet potato.
      If you make it, I’d love to know how it turned out. πŸ™‚

  4. Reply
    Life Diet Health
    March 1, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    What a great idea Jas, I’ve only used potato as a dessert for chocolate potato cake so this is new to me. Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 2, 2019 at 11:50 am

      Me too, in my chocolate potato rum bars. πŸ˜€ xx

  5. Reply
    Jillian
    March 1, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    I have never heard of this & I’m excited to give it a try! I love going all out for St. Patrick’s Day so this is going to be fun to have a true Irish recipe!!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 2, 2019 at 12:04 pm

      Super fun to celebrate in style! Thanks for stopping in, Jillian!

  6. Reply
    The Girl Next Door
    March 3, 2019 at 12:26 am

    Oh, wow! This is something completely new to me! I would never have thought of using potato in a candy – it looks so delicious!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 4, 2019 at 9:28 pm

      Potato is so versatile. Glad you like this candy recipe! xx

  7. Reply
    Ai
    March 3, 2019 at 1:47 am

    I’ve never heard of this! How interesting!! I’ve only ever tried the Irish potato candy made with cream cheese and covered in cinnamon, never one actually made with potatoes! I’ve tried potatoes in desserts before: doughnuts and mochi. Your potato candy sounds delicious, especially paired with peanut butter πŸ˜‰

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 4, 2019 at 9:26 pm

      Don’t you just love learning something new every day? I sure do. πŸ˜€ Thanks for stopping by, Ai! I’m glad you like this unusual recipe.

  8. Reply
    Marie
    March 4, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    Hi Jas, I’m popping over from the Inspiration Monday party. I’ve never heard of potato candy and I’m part Irish! I’m very intrigued by this and can’t wrap my brain around what it would taste like. Pinned to share but also to try some time.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 4, 2019 at 9:22 pm

      Hi, Marie! It doesn’t taste anything like potatoes. Potato is just a glue to hold the sugar together in a dough. So, you can imagine, it’s pretty sweet but also yummy because of peanut butter. Hope you’ll give it try if only for the fun!

  9. Reply
    acraftymix
    March 18, 2019 at 10:57 am

    Never in a gazillion, gamillion years would I have thought of combining peanut butter and mashed potatoes. EVER!!! But after reading your recipe I’m so intrigued, plus these are no bake, which is so my kind of baking. I just told the hubby about these and he says “hell yeah, we have to make them” but he wants some apricot jam with his peanut butter πŸ˜€

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 18, 2019 at 2:07 pm

      I don’t blame him, haha. I must warn you: this candy is super sweet (although the pieces are small). Or maybe it is so sweet to me since I cut down on my sugar intake. You be the judge! πŸ˜‰

Let's talk!

shares
%d bloggers like this: