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<<P>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. As it turns out, it's called sweet potato candy because of the 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.

SWEET POTATO CANDY

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 1/2 cups confectioners sugar, sifted

1/2 cup flaked coconut, optional

2 tablespoons cinnamon, more if needed

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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.

Makes about 40 candies

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

Recipe request

--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.

If you are looking for a hard-to-find recipe or can answer a request, write to Julie Rothman, Recipe Finder, The Baltimore Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278, or e-mail recipefinder(at)baltsun.com.

Distributed by the Los Angeles Times-Washington Post News Service

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