I know I am so, so late sharing this recipe. I originally made it to share with you guys for St. Patrick’s Day (which we all know was last week) but I’m not very good at keeping a blog schedule, which is something I’m working on. I also had a lot of trouble editing these photos now that I’m taking my food pictures with our new Nikon D3100. I ended up using PicMonkey to brighten them up a bit, which is still not my favorite but at least it’s something.Enough about that though, we are here to talk about this IRISH POTATO CANDY! I first heard of this delectable candy when I was 11 years old, around the time I was really getting into baking. Every year on St. Patrick’s Day, I thought to myself, “I should really try that potato candy recipe!” and for ten years I haven’t. I think I was a bit skeptical, though I don’t know why! Before I go on, I should mention that there is NO POTATO in this recipe — it’s called “potato” candy simply because it looks like a potato. I thought I’d clarify because my grandma was really confused by the name, LOL!If you want to know what this tastes like, I’ll do my best to explain it to you. It tastes like a mixture of:
Cream Cheese Frosting
Puerto Rican Tembleque (a creamy coconut pudding topped with lots of cinnamon)
If you enjoy any of those things, you will LOVE these fun candies! It has a creamy, sweet, and texture-filled middle dropped in straight-up cinnamon, which you might think would be too strong but it’s surprisingly not. Anyways, if you’re looking for a fun sweet to make with kids, an irish-themed treat, or would just enjoy the flavors of a coconut-cinnamon candy, then you should definitely check out this recipe!
Irish Potato Candy
- 2 tbsp. butter softened
- 4 oz. cream cheese softened
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 1 1/4 cups flaked sweetened coconut
- 1-2 tbsp. ground cinnamon
- In a medium bowl, beat the softened butter and cream cheese together until smooth. Add the vanilla and confectioners’ sugar; beat until smooth again. Stir in the coconut.
- Place dough in fridge for at least 1 hour (preferably 2) to harden enough so you can roll it into balls.
- Once chilled, roll into potato shapes and drop in the cinnamon to fully coat. Place onto a cookie sheet and chill to set. If desired, roll potatoes in cinnamon again for darker color. Serve cold and enjoy!