Growing up, I always looked forward to seeing St. Patrick's Day decorations in the store because it meant my birthday was coming soon! But it also meant eating some favorite Irish foods like ham & cabbage, Irish soda bread, and these decadent Irish Potato Candies.
For a few years in a row, our small church's youth group would raise money selling Irish soda bread and these "potatoes." They are incredibly easy to make, so get the kids involved! What a fun St. Patty's day activity for your family. The sweetness paired with the crunchy coconut and the powdery cinnamon coating... yum!
Irish Potato Candy
makes about 2 dozen one-inch candies
1/4 cup butter, softened to room temperature
4 oz cream cheese, softened to room temperature
16 oz (2 cups) powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
7 oz sweetened shredded coconut
3 tablespoons cinnamon
Beat butter and cream cheese with an electric hand mixer. Add one cup powdered sugar and beat. Add vanilla extract and remaining one cup powdered sugar and continue beating until creamy. Stir in coconut. Pour cinnamon into a shallow bowl. Using a small cookie scoop, form one inch balls and roll in cinnamon. Place candies on a cookie sheet and refrigerate until firm. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
A note from Kelly: While there are many different version of Irish Potato Candy, some you've told me contain real mashed potatoes and sometimes even peanut butter (now that sounds good!), this is the traditional recipe that originated out of Philadelphia. That happens to be where I grew up so it's not surprise to me that it was a huge part of my childhood! If you have a different Irish Potato Candy recipe that you'd like to share, please leave it in the comments below!
Bag these up with some green ribbon, what a great treat for a friend or neighbor!
Check out some of these other treats to celebrate St. Patrick's Day: