This year I cut down on the goodies I usually make, but after harvesting the 1/4 acre of potatoes my hubby planted as an experiment, I remembered a candy my grandmother always made at Christmas. Potato Candy Mints. I spotted the boxes of recipes on my dad's kitchen counter when we there and when I tried to go through them, I realized Ididn't have enough time.
When I returned home I took to the internet and found a recipe that sounded like what Grandma had made. I adapted the recipe to make the small patties I remember having at Christmas. And I also made the recipe version. I found this Peppermint Potato Candy Recipe on the Taste of Home site. It's interesting that a lot of the recipes I found were swirls with peanut butter.
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Peppermint Potato Candy Recipe
3/4 cup mashed potatoes (prepared without milk and butter)
2 tsps butter, softened
1 tsp peppermint extract
1 package ( 2 pounds) confectioners sugar
2 cups ( 12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
1 TBLSP shortening
1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the mashed potatoes, butter and extract. Gradually beat in confectioners sugar. Press into a foil- lined 13 x 9 - inch pan.
2. Melt chocolate chips and shortening; spread over potato mixture. Cover and refrigerate until set. Using foil, lift candy out of pan. discard foil; cut candy into 1-inch squares. Store in airtight container. Yield: about 2 3/4 pounds.
The way my grandmother made them: After mixing all the ingredients, make small balls - about 1/2 a teaspoon of candy - then flatten with fingers or a fork on waxed paper, making disks. After using about half of the mixture, I beat in a color, like red or green and then make more disks. Allow these to dry so you can pick them up.
Here is another treat I have for you:
A Husband for Christmas
Final Novella in the Halsey Homecoming and Halsey Brothers Series
Shayla Halsey wanted to be home for Christmas, but never imagined her travels would include spending the night in a brooding stranger’s cabin. Snowballing events cause her to look inside herself and recognize maybe it wasn’t being home she wanted as much as it was to have a home.
Mace Walker has his life in order and doesn’t want it disrupted again. Yet, when he discovers a woman stranded in the snow, he has to help her—despite her overbearing, reckless fiancé. In a matter of days, Shayla turns his life upside down, forcing him to decide between leaving or facing the consequences.
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Paty Jager is an award-winning author of 32 novels, 6 novellas, and numerous anthologies of murder mystery, western romance, and action adventure. All her work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters.
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