Small, no-bake cookies that look like potatoes. It's fast and easy.

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Sprinkle the sugar on the coconut. Add the cream and mix gently.

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  • Take approximately 1/2 tablespoon of dough and roll into balls. Place cinnamon in a plastic bag and shake cookies a few at a time until coated.

Nutrition Facts

38.2 calories; 0.1 g protein; 7.1 g carbohydrates; 1.3 mg cholesterol; 9.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2009
Awesome Irish potatoes! This recipe is just like the ones I remember getting from a bakery in Pennsylvania (Philly area). I actually made a bunch for a party and used amounts the recipe says to use for 120 servings. It sounds like alot but it definitely didn't make 120 balls. I used 1 cup less of confectioners sugar because of the reviews here saying the recipe was too sweet. I also added 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract to the recipe. One tip is to not use a lot of cinnamon in the bag. Only put maybe 1-2 Tablespoons in the bag and place about 6 or 8 balls in it and shake. When I placed all of the recommended cinnamon in the bag the potatoes had too much on them and tasted awful, a mouthful of cinnamon. ick. One other tip is to have one hand slightly wet with water---when rolling this keeps the balls moist and allows them to roll up nicely. Great recipe overall!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/22/2011
Do not use a fresh coconut! I used this recipe with fresh shredded coconut. I carefully measured 1 cup of coconut 1 cup of sugar and 1 1/2 tablespoons of cream. I ended up with a creamy mess that was too wet to form into balls. I tried to add the cinnamon hoping it would bind the mixture. Instead I have a cup of wet brown shredded coconut mix and can't figure out how to dry it out. Perhaps store-bought shredded coconut is denser and will absorb the cream. Read More
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64 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 41
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2009
Awesome Irish potatoes! This recipe is just like the ones I remember getting from a bakery in Pennsylvania (Philly area). I actually made a bunch for a party and used amounts the recipe says to use for 120 servings. It sounds like alot but it definitely didn't make 120 balls. I used 1 cup less of confectioners sugar because of the reviews here saying the recipe was too sweet. I also added 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract to the recipe. One tip is to not use a lot of cinnamon in the bag. Only put maybe 1-2 Tablespoons in the bag and place about 6 or 8 balls in it and shake. When I placed all of the recommended cinnamon in the bag the potatoes had too much on them and tasted awful, a mouthful of cinnamon. ick. One other tip is to have one hand slightly wet with water---when rolling this keeps the balls moist and allows them to roll up nicely. Great recipe overall!! Read More
(63)
Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2009
Awesome Irish potatoes! This recipe is just like the ones I remember getting from a bakery in Pennsylvania (Philly area). I actually made a bunch for a party and used amounts the recipe says to use for 120 servings. It sounds like alot but it definitely didn't make 120 balls. I used 1 cup less of confectioners sugar because of the reviews here saying the recipe was too sweet. I also added 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract to the recipe. One tip is to not use a lot of cinnamon in the bag. Only put maybe 1-2 Tablespoons in the bag and place about 6 or 8 balls in it and shake. When I placed all of the recommended cinnamon in the bag the potatoes had too much on them and tasted awful, a mouthful of cinnamon. ick. One other tip is to have one hand slightly wet with water---when rolling this keeps the balls moist and allows them to roll up nicely. Great recipe overall!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2003
These are wonderfully easy to to make and taste great! My 5 year old made these all by herself with great ease... it was so much fun to shake the candy in the bag. And these fix up in just minutes. The taste is very sweet - but very good all the same. This recipe is ideal for kids. On note: the recipe says it makes 24 potatoes - yes if you want teeny sized ones. You can easily make larger potatoes if you like - I would say 12 larger size poatoes would be more like it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/17/2004
I made this with my students scaling back the ingredients to 1/4 cup of p.s. and coconut and 1 1/2 tsp. of cream. We made it in plastic sandwich bags. It turned out great and tasted great too! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/19/2003
I had to bring in a sample of an Irish food for a school project. Each of the kids in my class got one (they liked not having to share) - they were a hit! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/06/2004
This recipe was easiest candy recipe I ever made. Be sure to use high quality cinnimon. Cheap cinnimon can taste tart. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/28/2005
Splendid recipe! These irish potatoes taste just like the ones that I remember from childhood. I introduced a few people to them and they've been after me for more because they enjoyed them so much. What a treat! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/17/2008
Just made these for st patrick's day...my picky daughters loves them. They were easy to make and I used milk instead of cream (all I had). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2007
Great recipe! I made these last second for some St. Patty's giggles and fed them to two guys who don't normally like coconut. They loved 'em. They never really firmed up but I was told that's part of their charm. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/17/2012
This is a really fun and easy recipe! I read the reviews and was careful to use unsweetened shredded coconut so the potatoes didn't come out too sweet. I used a very heaping cup of coconut and a scant cup of powdered sugar. I also added a teaspoon of vanilla. The consistentcy came out just perfect like moldable clay. I found that pressing the balls of coconut mixture in the palms of my hands warmed them and made them more smooth and realistic looking. A plastic snack bag made it easy to coat three or four potatoes at a time with the cinnamon. They really look like little potatoes! And they taste like yummy coconut macaroons. I'm adding a photo of my happy results. Five stars for fun easy delicious and no baking. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/22/2011
Do not use a fresh coconut! I used this recipe with fresh shredded coconut. I carefully measured 1 cup of coconut 1 cup of sugar and 1 1/2 tablespoons of cream. I ended up with a creamy mess that was too wet to form into balls. I tried to add the cinnamon hoping it would bind the mixture. Instead I have a cup of wet brown shredded coconut mix and can't figure out how to dry it out. Perhaps store-bought shredded coconut is denser and will absorb the cream. Read More
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