Double Chocolate Potato Party Squares

Double Chocolate Potato Party Squares

Yield: 24 to 36 medium-size squares

12 tablespoons (1-1/2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light-brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
1 cup mashed potatoes, at room temperature*
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans
Confectioners’ sugar for dusting

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease a 10x15-inch baking pan and dust it with flour; set aside.

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter with both sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs. Add mashed potatoes and vanilla; continue to beat until smooth.

In separate bowl, sift or whisk together flour, cocoa, salt, and baking soda. With mixer on medium speed, add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating just until smooth. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.

Scrape batter into prepared pan, smoothing the top.

Bake in preheated oven 22 to 25 minutes, until top is springy when lightly touched and a tester inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for about 20 minutes. While still warm, cut into 24 or 36 squares. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

These squares can be stored covered at room temperature for two days, or can be frozen.

*For this recipe you can use instant mashed potatoes, prepared according to package directions. Or, if you have them on hand, use leftover mashed potatoes. You can also use regular milk.