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