Jacquelynne Steves

Irish “Potato” Candy Recipe

Irish potato candy recipe Jacquelynne Steves
These Irish Potato Candies are really kind of addictive, and so easy! I wouldn’t save them just for St. Patrick’s Day- make them anytime. You could also roll them into egg shapes for Easter. Kids love to make them, and there is no cooking involved. Just mix up a few ingredients and roll into balls.
They don’t contain any potato, and I have discovered that they aren’t even actually Irish.. But we always had them in school around St. Patrick’s Day when I was growing up… maybe because I live near Philadelphia where they originated.
Did I mention that they are addictive? Really. You will be amazed….

Irish Potato Candy Recipe

4 oz. cream cheese
2 tbsp. butter
1 lb. confectioner’s sugar
1/2 c. shredded coconut
Cinnamon & sugar mix

Mix cream cheese and butter until creamy. Add coconut and confectioner’s sugar. Knead until well blended. Roll dough into balls. Roll balls in the cinnamon- sugar mix. Store covered in refrigerator up to 1 week (if they last that long…)

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  • Posted March 15, 2014 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    ok when I stock my pantry with the ingredients I will be trying these!!

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted March 16, 2014 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

      When I make them, I could eat the whole batch….

  • Shirley In Texas
    Posted March 25, 2014 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    Why do you call these “Irish Potato Candy”????????
    You would think they would have at least some type of Potato in
    Them….Just wondering. They sound good…

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted March 25, 2014 at 11:18 am | Permalink

      Shirley, they call them Irish potatoes because they are supposed to look like little potatoes. I believe they are a big Philadelphia thing, I’m not sure if they’re popular in other parts of the country. But they are really really tasty, and very easy to make!

      • LINDA
        Posted March 6, 2019 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

        These wonderful treats are now a favorite in Tidewater Virginia cause I make them in March for friends and family (learned about them working near Philly).

  • Debbie Rogowski
    Posted March 25, 2014 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    I’m saving this for the grand kids, but I do have all the ingredients in the house I may have to try them sooner

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted March 25, 2014 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

      Debbie, they are so good! and this is really great for the kids to help with. Try rolling them into egg shapes for Easter!

  • Gayle
    Posted March 25, 2014 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    I think I will make them and add a bit of ground pecans. Thanks for the recipe and they do sound good.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted March 26, 2014 at 8:50 am | Permalink

      Gayle- hadn’t thought of adding nuts but I think that would be outrageously tasty. Maybe I’ll try that next time too…

  • Posted March 25, 2014 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    How about dusting them with coco powder!

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted March 26, 2014 at 8:52 am | Permalink

      Sharyn- I would never complain about a little chocolate in my dessert :)
      I wonder if you should just use plain cocoa powder, or mix it with a little sugar like you do with the cinnamon? If you try it, be sure to let me know how they come out!

  • Gayle
    Posted January 23, 2018 at 12:36 am | Permalink

    FYI there is a recipe for potato candy that does actually have an Irish potato in it. My great grandma taught me how to make it when I was about 10. It’s amazing!

    I will try this too

  • Debra Ingle
    Posted March 17, 2018 at 2:47 am | Permalink

    how many does this recipe make in a batch?

  • Julie
    Posted March 6, 2019 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    We had a different Irish Potato Candy when growing up and it did contain potatoes. Mashed potato, icing sugar, ground almonds, then you shaped them like little potatoes, poked eyes in with a toothpick and rolled them in cocoa powder. Funny how things are the same, but different!

  • Dottie
    Posted March 6, 2019 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful: the recipe and the history. Thanks.

  • Kim. Ezman
    Posted March 6, 2019 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    The candy sound yummy. Going to have to give them a try. The Philadelphia flower show, definitely did not disappoint. Always enjoy the day at the show too. You got some great pictures, didn’t check mine yet. Hopefully Spring will come early this year and won’t be a repeat of last year we with all the rsin.

  • Barb Minnich
    Posted March 6, 2019 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the reminder of this candy. I grew up in Philly. My family always had these around St. Patrick’s Day. I had a recipe but misplaced it. Now to have it again in great.

  • Laurie
    Posted March 7, 2019 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    My grandmother used to make these for me in Baltimore so it must be regional. Thank you for sharing the recipe! I’m going to make them for my grands.

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