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Irish Potato Candy

February 18, 2013

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:

Sweet Irish Soda Bread

Mint Cookies & Cream Frappe

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39 comments on "Irish Potato Candy"
  1. These are adorable for St. Patrick's day, and they sound delicious with cream cheese and coconut! Yummy. :) I can't believe it's around the corner...where is this year going?

  2. I have wanted to try this candy forever! It looks SO GOOD.

  3. Interesting! I thought these would have potato in them, which I've been searching for. I love seeing unusual ingredients incorporated into dessert. These look delicious, and I think I just might try them one of these days.

    Found you through Pint Sized Baker's Two Cup Tuesdays, and I'm so glad I did!

  4. I've had these, but never rolled in cinnamon. They were dipped in chocolate! And that was yummy!

  5. I assumed it had potatoes! What a neat tradition.

  6. This is a recipe we loved as children when we could convince Mom to make this instead of potato patties with the left over mashed potatoes!

    Potato Peanut Butter Candy
    ½ cup mashed potatoes, mashed really well
    5 cups powdered sugar
    1 tsp. vanilla
    ¼ tsp. salt
    4 Tbs. peanut butter

    Mix mashed potatoes, vanilla and salt in a large bowl. Add one cup of powdered sugar at a time, kneading into a dough like consistency.

    Divide mixture in half and place each dough ball onto a piece of wax paper.

    Roll out dough into a semi-thin layer; spread a thin layer of creamy peanut butter onto dough. Very gently roll dough up into a loaf and wrap in wax paper

    Let roll sit in the refrigerator for about an hour or two.

    Unwrap and cut into 1 inch slices.
    PS Also ships really well if you have a soldier with a sweet tooth pining for some yummies from home.
    Have a blessed day,
    Cher from Tennessee

    1. That sounds amazing! Thank you for sharing your family's recipe with us. :)

    2. This is my grandmothers recipe as well. Thanx for sharing. I always thought it was German.

    3. Although she just started off with 2 med sized boiled potatoes. :-)

  7. I never knew potatoes can be candies...well, kind of. Have a great day! New follower.

  8. I would LOVE it if you shared this in my Spring/Easter Linky Party! You can find it here:

  9. That is so fun- my kids would get such a kick out of this!

  10. You had me going for a moment! LOL When I saw this link I was thinking, "leave it to the Irish, they even make candy out of potatoes". Then I was reading the comments and I saw a comment with a recipe that was sweet and sounded yummy....enjoyed your post.

  11. I have never heard of these before! Sound so tasty!

  12. HI! I'm featuring this on a St. Patricks Day round up on the blog today :o) Thanks SO much for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays and I would be SO pleased if you would put my featured button on this post! Emily@!

  13. This is GREAT! I bet it would also be a fun April Fools treat. Pinned! Thanks for sharing at Two Cup Tuesday at Pint Sized Baker! Hope to see you there again on Monday night!

  14. I've never even heard of this before!! Sounds really good. Thanks for sharing this at Romance on a dime!!

  15. Perfect for St. Paddy's day! They look and sound delicious. I love coconut!

  16. So fun! They look just like potatoes!

  17. What a great recipe! Have a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  18. Thank you so much for sharing your delicious recipe with us at Cast Party Wednesday. I hope you are having a GREAT week! ~Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain~

  19. Those look rich and Delicious. Can't wait to make a special Irish treat for my family. Thanks!

  20. I have never heard of these! They look so fun and yummy! You are being featured on Link It Up Thursday, thank you for sharing with us. Can't wait to see what you link up this week.:)

  21. Featuring YOU today! Thank you so much for linking up to {wow me} wednesday!

    Ginger @

  22. This is a very interesting sweet treat. In fact, I love it and can't wait to try it out! Thank you so much for sharing on Marvelous Mondays. This was the most viewed link at this week's party so Carrie and I will be featuring it at Sunday's party.

    Have a fabulous weekend! :)

    Julie @ This Gal Cooks

  23. This is absolutely brilliant. These strike me as a perfect snack-dessert for a party. I may have to give these a spin next weekend!
    Frank @ Tales From A Middle Class Kitchen

  24. I love love LOVE this dessert! Great photos. Now excuse me while go make some Irish candies!

  25. We craft with ribbons and others craft with FOOD! Thank you for creating such a crafty recipe! We are featuring you and 15 of our other favorite Foodie Post today in our Crafty St. Patrick's Day Food Art projects from some of our favorite Bowdabra Friends!

    Susie @Bowdabra

  26. I made these once to bring to work and now it’s expected of me every year! They are really a big hit. But I do have a question I’m hoping you can help me with. When I first take them out of the fridge, they are the perfect consistency, but as they sit out and get to room temperature, they become pretty mushy. Do you know of an ingredient that might help they stay more firm?

  27. Such a great idea. I've never even heard of this type of candy, so this will be fun to make. :)

  28. I just made these, so good :) They didn't last long at all. I just started a blog and linked back to your site, thank you for sharing such a good recipe!

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