When I was in high school, I worked in a cute little ice cream shop that made these Irish Potato Candies around St. Patrick’s Day. We would roll these little treats for hours and sell out every day. People would start to ask us around the middle of February when we would start making Irish Potatoes. Thankfully, they are very simple to make. Irish Potatoes are a mixture of butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, coconut, and vanilla. You roll the mixture up and roll it in cinnamon. It is a perfect job for little hands. Especially little hands that like to get dirty. I actually forgot all about this St. Patrick’s treat until recently and wanted to make it with the kids. Ava and Will had a half day at school and I thought that it would be a perfect rainy day activity. Except they didn’t want to play with me. Thankfully, this dude wanted to cook with me.
He takes his job very seriously.
Here is what you need to make them.
1/2 stick of butter softened
1/2 brick of cream cheese softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups confectioners sugar
2 1/2 cups sweetened coconut
2 Tablespoons cinnamon
Beat together butter and cream cheese. Slowly add the confectioners sugar.
Some might make it in the bowl.
Some might not. Powdered sugar can get everywhere. Add the vanilla.
Add the coconut and mix until combined.
You may want to chill the coconut mixture a little before you roll them. I like to use a small ice cream scoop. These are really rich, so you want them to be small.
Roll the coconut mixture into a ball.
Roll the coconut mixture into the cinnamon and put on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Keep the Irish Potatoes in the fridge.
These are a fun thing to make with your little ones for a St. Patrick’s Day treat.