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Make Creamy Emoji Hash Browns With This Easy Recipe

This breakfast surprise is all smiles for miles — and best of all, kids can help!

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These hash browns are a fun family cooking activity and store great in the freezer for months! The recipe shows you how to make them from scratch, but if you’re feeling lazy or just want to cut down on cooking time, you can also use leftover mashed potatoes to make these emotional treats. The result? A dinner or breakfast side that's equal parts delicious and cute. While these hash browns can be baked, frying will ensure the best color, texture, and shape. Check out the tips below for ways kids can help in the kitchen!

Equipment Needed:

  • Vegetable peeler

  • Potato masher or hand mixer

  • Baking sheet

  • Deep-fry thermometer (if frying)


  • 2 1/2 pounds russet potatoes

    4 tbsp unsalted butter

    2 1/2 tbsp Ranch seasoning mix

    1/2 cup corn starch

    1/2 cup all-purpose flour

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Step-by-step Instructions:

  1. 1.

    Fill a large pot halfway with cool, generously salted water. Peel and roughly chop the potatoes, then add to the pot of water.

  2. 2.

    Bring water to a boil and cook until a fork easily pierces the potatoes, about 10-15 minutes. Drain. Leave potatoes in the colander to steam dry, about 5 minutes.

  3. 3.

    Meanwhile, melt the butter in the pan you used to cook the potatoes. Add the ranch dressing powder and stir until dissolved. Add potatoes back to the pot and MASH! Use a hand masher, fork, or hand mixer to break down the potatoes until smooth.

  4. 4.

    Add the flour and cornstarch to the potatoes, stirring to combine.

  5. 5.

    Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface, kneading a bit until a compact dough forms. Roll the potato dough out to about a ⅓-inch thickness.

  6. 6.

    With a mason jar lid or cookie cutter, cut circles out of the dough. Shape them into any emoji or design you’d like with spoons, straws, toothpicks, and paring knives.

  7. 7.

    Place emojis in the refrigerator to chill while you heat your oil or preheat your oven to ensure the emojis retain their shape.

  8. 8.

    To Fry: Heat 2-3 inches of oil in a high-sided pan to 375ºF/190ºC. Carefully lower 2-3 emojis into the hot oil and allow to cook for 2-3 minutes, flipping once. Remove from oil onto a paper towel to drain, and season both sides with salt.

  9. 9.

    To Bake: Preheat the oven to 425ºF/220ºC. Remove the hash browns from the refrigerator and spray liberally with cooking spray. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and flip. Spray once more with baking spray and bake for another 8-10 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.


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