March 17, 2011

Homemade Irish Potato Candy

The actual name of this confection is two-thirds a lie.  Irish Potato Candy is neither Irish nor does it contain potato.  However, it is a traditional Philadelphia candy that is very popular around Saint Patrick's Day.  It consists of butter, cream cheese, vanilla and coconut.  This mixture is then rolled in cinnamon, which makes it look just like a miniature potato. 

Yields 5 dozen
Adapted from Allrecipes

  • 1/4 c salted butter, softened 
  • 4 oz cream cheese, room temperature 
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract 
  • 4 c confectioners' sugar
  • 2 1/2 c flaked coconut 
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp sugar 

In a large bowl, beat together the butter and cream cheese, until smooth.  Beat in the vanilla and then the confectioners' sugar a little at a time.  Cover and chill the dough for 30 minutes.

Stir in the coconut.  Roll the dough into small potato shapes.

In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon and sugar.  Roll the potato candies in the cinnamon-sugar to evenly coat.

Lie the candies on parchment paper and allow to chill for 1 hour, until set.


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