Irish Potatoes Candy

  • Prep Time: 1 hrs 30 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hrs 30 mins
  • Yield: 5dozen
  • About This Recipe

    “This recipe contains no potatoes.It gets it name from the look of the candy. I have not tried this recipe myself. It is for an ISO request.Recipe says you can also dip in melted chocolate for Easter eggs.”

    Ingredients

  • 1/4 cupsoftened butter
  • 4ouncescream cheese, softened
  • 1teaspoonvanilla extract
  • 1 (16ounce) packages confectioners’ sugar
  • 7ouncessweetened flaked coconut( 2 1/2 cups)
  • 1tablespoonground cinnamon
  • Directions

  • NOTE: Be sure to use regular cream cheese, not whipped or reduced fat type.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter and cream cheese.
  • Add vanilla and confectioners’ sugar.
  • Beat until mixture forms a ball.
  • Stir in coconut with a spoon.
  • Roll the mixture between your hands to form small potato-shaped candies or roll into small balls.
  • Place cinnamon in a shallow dish and roll the balls in it.
  • Place the balls on a cookie sheet and chill for about 1 hour or until firm.
  • If you prefer “dirtier potatoes” roll the candy a second time after they have chilled.
  • Alternatively dip in melted chocolate for Easter eggs.
  • Reviews

  • “My family loved these.Very easy and quick to make, too.I needed more than 1 tbl of cinnamon, but other than that, followed exact.Thanks!”

  • “Great recipe! I live overeseas so I have to take what I can find in the grocery store at times. So I could only get reduced fat tub cream cheese, but they still turned out fine! The rolling process was a little sticky/difficult but they’ve hardened up in the fridge quite nicely. Really delicious – same results as others a few others regarding quantity. My batch turned out to be about 3 dozen or so, but since I had problems rolling them mine were fairly large. I’ve loved these ever since I was a little girl and my boyfriend wants me to make them all the time now. Thanks!”

  • “I can’t believe that I forgot to rate these! Made these sometime back but they are Very Good!Sweet and I definitely could only eat a few of them as they are rich!I rolled some in chocolate cocoa and some in cinnamon.I think everyone liked the cinnamon best if my memory serves me right.They definitely have to stay refrigerated and they do remind me of potatoes (mini versions) would go great as an appetizer with a movie party watching the Faith Like Potatoes Movie :)Thanks again for the cool recipe.I bet you could add some flavored extracts to this and not roll them in cinnamon and come up with some cool flavor creations.Maybe roll in cocoa and use orange extract or coconut extract with an almond inserted in the center :)yum may have to tinker some with that.”

  • “very tasty!they’re basically like blobs of set-up cream cheese frosting… i did half with coconut and half without, and i liked the ones without better (though i normally love coconut, i didn’t like the texture as much) …also, little kids might think they look like potatoes, but my friends made poop jokes about them! (but they did all like them once they tried them)”

  • “While the end result was incredibly tasty and very cute, I can’t help but scratch my head over the measurements of these ingredients. 7 ounces is actually just less than 1 cup (I’m Canadian… I can’t measure in ounces, so I get Google to translate into cups). By then I had already put 16 ounces (2 cups) of icing sugar into my recipe and didn’t know if I should had 2.5 cups, or 7 ounces (just under 1 cup). So I added 7 ounces, and the end result was too soft to roll into balls. I’m guessing I should have added 2.5 cups of coconut, which means about 5 cups of icing sugar? Anyways, I was confused so I just put the stuff in the fridge, let it harden, and then tackled the rolling into potato shapes after that. Still tasted delicious :)”

  • “These came out adorable. I’m bringing them to work tomorrow to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and I’m sure they will be well received. The cinnamon not only makes them look like potatoes, it tastes good too! I made a half recipe and got 65 little potatoes. Edit: My 2nd grade students absolutely loved these! They all gave them 5*s.”

  • “I have made these every year for at least 10 years and they are one of the biggest hits on St Pat’s day.I am not even aloud to “think” about not making them!And they are so cute!Look just like little russet potatoes! I however do not add coconut.Tried the first year and it wasn’t as good as in successful years without!Its easy to make them to big so be careful they look best the smaller they are!”

  • “I think I made mine too large, so I didn’t get 5 dozen – more like two dozen.For a different twist, I rolled them in a mixture of cinnamon, cocoa and ancho chili powder.The bit of heat really adds to the sweet.”

  • “I was a bit skeptical at first, but these turned out so cute and tasty!I did use more cinnamon than stated, and pouring some cinnamon in a plastic bag and shaking a few “potatoes” at a time worked a lot faster and less messy than rolling.Next year when my little girl is a bit older I’ll have her help me…perfect for kids to do!Thanks so much for the recipe…everyone was in love with them.”

  • “Made a double batch of this–very sweet but I LOVE sweet irish potatoes so this recipe gets an A++.”

  • “A guttercream consistency…I think I would try chopping up the coconut more finely the next time I make this (personal taste)- also the yield was closer to 4 dozen (and I was making them small).”

  • “Sounds yummie! Going to try this one soon…Thanks”

  • “This was good but very very sweet. I added a lot more cinnamon for rolling it in. This would be a really neat recipe to make with young children.”

  • “My girls and I really loved these little nuggets of yum!I made them exactly as you said, but then rolled some in melted chocolate chips after rolling in cinnamon.Also rolled some only in the chocolate.All were delectable, but I was personally partial to the cinnamon and chocolate rolled treats.These will be a St. Patrick’s Day tradition in our house for years to come.Thank you!”

  • “oh so yummy! They tasted amazing!Thanks so much for the recipe!”

  • “Steve, I love Irish potatoes, I buy them every year when I pick up my Valentine’s cards . I’ve always wanted to make them and I did last night. They tasted exactly like the ones at the store but they were fresher. My husband took them to work today and he just called and said everyone loves them. Thanks for posting. I’m off to make another batch!:)”

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