Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Pinwheels

It was her version of old fashioned potato candy–minus the potatoes. The peanut butter swirls that are a trademark of this treat are still present, but she simplified hers down to five tasty ingredients. Up until recently, we didn’t have a written version of this recipe. My great grandmother used to make it for my mother who later made it for my sister and me. I watched my mother mix up a batch for my own daughter a few years back and carefully wrote down every step.
My family loves making this potato candy around the holidays, especially for Christmas and Easter. You might even recognize the candy base as I’ve shared it before in my Easter Egg Candy. Be sure to read through the post for all of my most important tips before you begin!

⅓ cup cream (evaporated milk)
1 tbsp butter
2 tsp vanilla
2½ cups powdered sugar
peanut butter

Heat the butter and cream in a pot on medium heat until the butter has melted.
Remove from heat and add in the vanilla.
Pour the powdered sugar into a large mixing bowl. Add the cream mixture to the powdered sugar a little at a time. Continue to stir and a little cream until you get a dough-like consistency. Tip: You may not need to use all of the cream mixture, so it is important to add it gradually.
Chill the dough in the refrigerator for one hour.
Remove the dough from the refrigerator and roll it our as thing as possible on wax paper. Sprinkle powdered sugar on your prep surface and the dough to keep it from sticking.
Spread peanut butter over the top of the dough.
Roll it into a log. Slice and enjoy.
Keep refrigerated.
Variation: You could also make Peanut butter and jelly pinwheels by spreading a thin layer of jelly over the peanut butter before rolling the dough into a log. If you’re kids love peanut butter and jelly, they’re sure to love that fun twist on a classic recipe.