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St. Patrick's Day dessert: Recipe for Irish potatoes candy

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Intro: Many people know the yummy Irish potato candy as a St. Patrick's Day dessert. It makes sense, right? Potatoes? Irish? However, Irish potatoes are a decidedly American invention that we love nonetheless.

And typical of our melting pot history, we've adopted the Irish potato candy recipe as a favorite to serve as a St. Patrick's Day dessert. If you love cream cheese desserts, then this is for you!

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You're problem wondering, "What are Irish potatoes, anyway?"

Ok. I have another bombshell about this not-so-Irish-St. Patrick's Day dessert. It's not actually made from potatoes, either.

But this St. Patty's dessert tastes good. Does that count? Of course, it does!

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Recipe for Irish Potatoes


  • 1/4 c. butter, softened
  • 4-oz softened cream cheese
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 16-oz pkg confectioner's sugar
  • 7-oz flaked coconut, sweetened (about 2 c.)
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon, ground


  1. Prepare a dish with cinnamon in it. It should be a shallow dish.
  2. Get out a cookie sheet and set aside.
  3. Mix the butter and cream cheese together in a bowl.
  4. Add the sugar and the vanilla to the Irish potatoes recipe.
  5. Beat the mixture until a ball forms.
  6. Add in the coconut flakes. Stir in with a spoon.
  7. Using your hands, roll the Irish potatoes mixture into a potato shape.
  8. Roll the Irish potato balls in the dish of cinnamon.
  9. Place the cinnamon-coated desserts on the cookie sheet. Put in the fridge for at least an hour.


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