A cute little confection that looks just like little potatoes. This kind does not contain potatoes; they are made using cream cheese and coconut.

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Ingredients

60
Original recipe yields 60 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a medium bowl, beat the butter and cream cheese together until smooth. Add the vanilla and confectioners' sugar; beat until smooth. Using your hands if necessary, mix in the coconut. Roll into balls or potato shapes, and roll in the cinnamon. Place onto a cookie sheet and chill to set. If desired, roll potatoes in cinnamon again for darker color.

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Nutrition Facts

59 calories; 2.3 g total fat; 4 mg cholesterol; 20 mg sodium. 9.7 g carbohydrates; 0.3 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
03/16/2008
This recipe yielded 40 potato candies, each was about 2 bites. Chilling in between steps is the key! Chill them for about 30 minutes after you mix in the coconut, then chill them another 30 minutes after shaping them, chill them about 20 minutes after rolling them in cinnamon. I used 1/2 tbsp of cocoa with every 1 tbsp cinnamon for the coating. After letting it set for about 20 minutes, I brushed the excess off with a basting brush.. I HIGHLY reccomend doing that, otherwise the coating is overwhelming. If you're not a cinnamon lover, I would suggest rolling them in just cocoa, I think I am going to try that next time. As is, the cinnamon taste is WAY to strong, for kids, I would definitely try the cocoa route. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/27/2007
good taste but way to gooey and messy to roll. I even added more 10x sugar and that didnt help. I dont know if I did something wrong.Took to long wont be making again. Sorry. Read More
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293 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 185
  • 4 star values: 59
  • 3 star values: 31
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 12
Rating: 4 stars
03/16/2008
This recipe yielded 40 potato candies, each was about 2 bites. Chilling in between steps is the key! Chill them for about 30 minutes after you mix in the coconut, then chill them another 30 minutes after shaping them, chill them about 20 minutes after rolling them in cinnamon. I used 1/2 tbsp of cocoa with every 1 tbsp cinnamon for the coating. After letting it set for about 20 minutes, I brushed the excess off with a basting brush.. I HIGHLY reccomend doing that, otherwise the coating is overwhelming. If you're not a cinnamon lover, I would suggest rolling them in just cocoa, I think I am going to try that next time. As is, the cinnamon taste is WAY to strong, for kids, I would definitely try the cocoa route. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/16/2008
This recipe yielded 40 potato candies, each was about 2 bites. Chilling in between steps is the key! Chill them for about 30 minutes after you mix in the coconut, then chill them another 30 minutes after shaping them, chill them about 20 minutes after rolling them in cinnamon. I used 1/2 tbsp of cocoa with every 1 tbsp cinnamon for the coating. After letting it set for about 20 minutes, I brushed the excess off with a basting brush.. I HIGHLY reccomend doing that, otherwise the coating is overwhelming. If you're not a cinnamon lover, I would suggest rolling them in just cocoa, I think I am going to try that next time. As is, the cinnamon taste is WAY to strong, for kids, I would definitely try the cocoa route. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2006
We have grown up enjoying these sinful good candies and find this recipe able to produce "Irish P's" as good as those made by a local candy company known for these "Patty's Day" treats. I used some butter to grease the palms of my hands for rolling and I place the mixture back in the fridge for a few minutes once it starts to get too sticky to roll cleanly. We like the sharp contrast of the pure cinnamon coating with the creamy sweetness of the candy. A little powdered sugar mixed in with the cinnamon will reduce that sharpness, for those that don't. Prior reviews that have noted a "too buttery" taste must not have creamed the butter and cream cheese thoroughly. I cream the two of them together in one of my large stainless mixing bowls using using the back of a large 13.5" stock spoon until the color is uniform. I also combine the vanilla using this method. An electric mixer is almost a required item to combine the powdered sugar, unless you are really up for a work out with you wire whip! Enjoy Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2005
These are so cute! I surrounded a plate of Irish Soda Bread with them. I had to explain what they were since they do look a little odd but once the group knew what they were they dove right in until they were gone. The taste is different and good and they are a great touch for St. Patrick's Day. I would recommend chilling the mixture for about five minutes before forming the potatoes then chilling them again for a few minutes before rolling them in the cinnamon. They keep their irregular potato shape better that way. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2003
This recipe is great! It's just as good as the one's you can buy at See's candy. I did what See's did though and instead of just cinnamon I mixed cinnamon with cocoa powder. Perfect! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2003
This recipe is very easy to make. I like to toast the coconut - it makes the candy much more flavorful. For a cute gift - make small burlap sacks and line with wax paper, fill the sack with the potato candy and tie the top with twine. I gave these to my Irish relatives for Christmas and they loved them! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/15/2007
My husband was having a St. Pats potluck at work and I was looking for something "Irish" and "different" to send. I stumbled across this recipe and decided it looked easy fast and good so I tried it. I just finished emailing him the recipe - there were a lot of requests for it! I added 1/2 Tablespoon of cocoa to the cinnamon and they were DELICIOUS!!! I will DEFINATELY be making these again!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/11/2003
This was a big hit in my holiday candy tins. Be sure to allow time for them to dry out a little so they won't be so squishy. Also next time I'm going to roll them in cinnamon and a little sugar instead of just cinnamon. The cinnamon alone is slightly bitter when you first pop it into your mouth. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/27/2007
good taste but way to gooey and messy to roll. I even added more 10x sugar and that didnt help. I dont know if I did something wrong.Took to long wont be making again. Sorry. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/20/2005
Very good. I let cream cheese mixture chill in fridge over night before rolling in hands to form individual candies. Came out great. Cute presentation for St. Patty's Day! Read More
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