Irish Potato Candy Recipe -
Irish Potato Candy Recipe
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Irish Potato Candy

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"A cute little confection that looks just like little potatoes. This kind does not contain potatoes; they are made using cream cheese and coconut."

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Original recipe makes 5 dozen Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins

    30 mins


  1. In a medium bowl, beat the butter and cream cheese together until smooth. Add the vanilla and confectioners' sugar; beat until smooth. Using your hands if necessary, mix in the coconut. Roll into balls or potato shapes, and roll in the cinnamon. Place onto a cookie sheet and chill to set. If desired, roll potatoes in cinnamon again for darker color.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 16, 2008

This recipe yielded 40 potato candies, each was about 2 bites. Chilling in between steps is the key! Chill them for about 30 minutes after you mix in the coconut, then chill them another 30 minutes after shaping them, chill them about 20 minutes after rolling them in cinnamon. I used 1/2 tbsp of cocoa with every 1 tbsp cinnamon for the coating. After letting it set for about 20 minutes, I brushed the excess off with a basting brush.. I HIGHLY reccomend doing that, otherwise the coating is overwhelming. If you're not a cinnamon lover, I would suggest rolling them in just cocoa, I think I am going to try that next time. As is, the cinnamon taste is WAY to strong, for kids, I would definitely try the cocoa route.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 27, 2007

good taste but way to gooey and messy to roll. I even added more 10x sugar and that didnt help. I dont know if I did something wrong.Took to long wont be making again. Sorry.

Mar 18, 2006

We have grown up enjoying these sinful good candies and find this recipe able to produce "Irish P's" as good as those made by a local candy company known for these "Patty's Day" treats. I used some butter to grease the palms of my hands for rolling and I place the mixture back in the fridge for a few minutes once it starts to get too sticky to roll cleanly. We like the sharp contrast of the pure cinnamon coating with the creamy sweetness of the candy. A little powdered sugar mixed in with the cinnamon will reduce that sharpness, for those that don't. Prior reviews that have noted a "too buttery" taste must not have creamed the butter and cream cheese thoroughly. I cream the two of them together in one of my large stainless mixing bowls using using the back of a large 13.5" stock spoon until the color is uniform. I also combine the vanilla using this method. An electric mixer is almost a required item to combine the powdered sugar, unless you are really up for a work out with you wire whip! Enjoy

Mar 16, 2005

These are so cute! I surrounded a plate of Irish Soda Bread with them. I had to explain what they were, since they do look a little odd, but once the group knew what they were they dove right in until they were gone. The taste is different and good, and they are a great touch for St. Patrick's Day. I would recommend chilling the mixture for about five minutes before forming the potatoes, then chilling them again for a few minutes before rolling them in the cinnamon. They keep their irregular potato shape better that way.

Nov 11, 2003

This recipe is great! It's just as good as the one's you can buy at See's candy. I did what See's did, though, and instead of just cinnamon, I mixed cinnamon with cocoa powder. Perfect!

Dec 24, 2003

This recipe is very easy to make. I like to toast the coconut - it makes the candy much more flavorful. For a cute gift - make small burlap sacks and line with wax paper, fill the sack with the potato candy and tie the top with twine. I gave these to my Irish relatives for Christmas and they loved them!

Mar 15, 2007

My husband was having a St. Pats potluck at work and I was looking for something "Irish" and "different" to send. I stumbled across this recipe and decided it looked easy, fast and good so I tried it. I just finished emailing him the recipe - there were a lot of requests for it! I added 1/2 Tablespoon of cocoa to the cinnamon and they were DELICIOUS!!! I will DEFINATELY be making these again!!

Nov 11, 2003

This was a big hit in my holiday candy tins. Be sure to allow time for them to dry out a little so they won't be so squishy. Also, next time I'm going to roll them in cinnamon and a little sugar instead of just cinnamon. The cinnamon alone is slightly bitter when you first pop it into your mouth.


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  • Calories
  • 59 kcal
  • 3%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 9.7 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 4 mg
  • 1%
  • Fat
  • 2.3 g
  • 4%
  • Fiber
  • 0.4 g
  • 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.3 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 20 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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