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!

  • 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?

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