Homemade potato smiley faces

  • Veggie homemade smiley faces suitable for side dish
Skill level
Preparation Time
25 minutes, plus 30 minutes resting
Cooking Time
20-25 minutes
Serves Makes 25-30
Side dish

A recreation of the classic school favourite, these potato smiley faces are the perfect comfort food without the added guilt.


  • 800g potatoes (Maris Piper works well)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 5 tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 tbsp cornflour


  1. 1Peel and boil the potatoes until soft. Mash and place in a bowl.
  2. 2Combine the salt with the breadcrumbs and add to the mash.
  3. 3Add the beaten egg and mix through to form a very wet dough.
  4. 4Sieve in the flour and cornflour and use your hands to form a dough. If it is too wet add a little more flour.
  5. 5Cover and place in the fridge for 30 mins or longer. Dough can be made in advance and kept in fridge until required.
  6. 6Preheat oven to 180˚C / Fan 160°C / Gas 4.
  7. 7Place a sheet of baking paper on a board and sprinkle a generous amount of flour on it. Roll out the dough to the thickness of a pound coin.
  8. 8Using a round cookie cutter, cut out the circles and place on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
  9. 9Use a straw to make the holes for the eyes and a tbsp to make the mouth.
  10. 10Place in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until cooked.
  11. 11Use different shaped cookie cutters (eg Christmas trees and stars) for various festive seasons.