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Virginia Cox of Baltimore was looking for a recipe for making sweet potato candy, sometimes also known as cinnamon logs.

Anna Wilkinson, also of Baltimore, sent in her recipe for this "melt in your mouth" candy. I was somewhat surprised to discover that her recipe contained no actual sweet potato at all. As it turns out, they are called sweet potato candy because of their appearance. After the candies are shaped and rolled in cinnamon they resemble little sweet potatoes. I found that the candies were fairly easy to make. The only labor-intensive part was the kneading, and you can let your mixer do most of the work. The candies will keep well in the refrigerator for a week or so.


* Joanne Johnson from Fort Bragg, Calif., is looking for a recipe for Apple Kucher. Her grandmother used to make it and she thinks it may be an old German recipe.

* Tereasa Wells of Santa Rosa, Calif., seeks a recipe for Pumpkin Nut Cookies.

If you are looking for a recipe or can answer a request, write to Julie Rothman, Recipe Finder, The Baltimore Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278, or e-mail recipefin Letters may be edited for clarity.

Sweet Potato Candy

Makes: about 40 candies


cup butter or margarine, softened


teaspoon vanilla

3 1/2

cups confectioners sugar, sifted


cup flaked coconut, optional


tablespoons cinnamon, more if needed

Cream butter or margarine with vanilla. Gradually add sugar and mix until thoroughly blended. Add coconut (if using) and knead until smooth. Roll into 1-inch balls. Shape like sweet potatoes or 2-inch sticks. Allow to harden at room temperature for about 1 hour. Roll in cinnamon or if preferred, roll in confectioners sugar or a combination of the cinnamon and sugar.

Nutrition information

Per candy: 62 calories, 2 grams fat, 1 gram saturated fat, 11 grams carbohydrates, trace fiber, 6 milligrams cholesterol, trace sodium

Note: Nutritional analyses in today's Taste section were conducted by registered dietitian Jodie Shields unless otherwise stated.

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