Super Spud Brownies Recipe
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Super Spud Brownies Recipe

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These moist and cakey brownies came from my mom’s old cookbook. Mashed potatoes may seem like an unusual ingredient, but this recipe took first place at a local festival.—Marlene Gerer, Denton, Montana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 3/4 cup mashed potatoes
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, optional
  • Confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 brownie (calculated without pecans and c: 150 calories, 8g fat (1g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 68mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (13g sugars, trace fiber), 2g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1 starch, 1-1/2 fat


  1. In a large bowl, combine the mashed potatoes, sugars, oil, eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; gradually add to potato mixture. Fold in pecans if desired. Transfer to a greased 9-in. square baking pan.
  2. Bake at 350° for 23-27 minutes or until toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Cut into bars. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Super Spud Brownies in Country Woman June/July 2011, p48

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Reviewed Apr. 9, 2016

"I can't believe these "cooks" are asking if the potatoes are instant. When cooking with potatoes, in cakes, cookies, or spudnuts, always use freshly cooked potatoes...the kind that grow in the ground. I have also made this cake many times, and everyone loves it. I never use instant potatoes, except to thicken up soup. I keep a small box in the frig for only that."

Reviewed Jul. 16, 2014

"Made them and didn't like them at all. I used instant potatoes and made a cup of them. No one in my family liked them. They were too much like a cake and there wasn't enough chocolate flavour. I will admit that withy were moist. Will not make them again....sorry!"

Reviewed Aug. 5, 2013

"Thank you des432, that makes perfect sense, I wondered about the milk, salt, pepper, butter and whatever else you mix with the mashed potatoes?"

Reviewed Aug. 2, 2013

"I wonder if the recipe should have said cooked potato, mashed with fork? When you make potato candy, that is what you use. The potato turns liguidy when it's mixed with sugar. Just a thought"

Reviewed Aug. 1, 2013

"Since the recipe said "mashed" potatoes, I figured it meant already prepared, or leftover potatoes. Otherwise it would have said potato flakes or something like that."

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