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Admiral Peary House
Fryeburg, ME

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Traditional Maine Needhams
Admiral Peary House ~  Fryeburg, ME

3/4 cup unseasoned mashed potatoes
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 pounds confectioners sugar
1/3 stick melted butter
1/2 pound flaked coconut (better than
2 teaspoons vanilla

12 ounces chocolate chips
4 squares semi-sweet chocolate
1/2 cake paraffin wax ( 2.5 x 2.5 inches)

Cook potatoes unseasoned, then mash to
make 3/4 cup.  Combine salt, potatoes,
melted butter, confectioner's sugar, flaked
coconut and vanilla in a mixer until
smooth and well blended.  

Turn into a lined jelly roll pan.  Spread
evenly (mixture will be very thick), then
place in refrigerator to harden (24 hours).  
Cut into small squares and dip in
chocolate coating.

For coating: melt paraffin and semi-sweet
chocolate at the top of a double boiler.  
Turn down heat and add chocolate chips.  
Stir until chocolate has melted but
mixture is still slightly thick.  Keeping
heat low to maintain melt, dip Needhams
to coat.  Place dipped squares on wax
paper to cool.  Needhams will keep very
well for a long time refrigerated and will
actually improve in flavor over a few

Makes 12 dozen.
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