Coconut-Free Irish Potatoes Candy

I was frantically searching for a non-coconut recipe for Irish Potatoes for St. Patrick's day. I recently became allergic to coconut, so I made this recipe up after not being able to find an alternative online or in any cookbooks I have at home. I think the almonds are a nice twist and help maintain the consistency of the ball instead of just omitting coconut from other recipes I've seen. This is a good no-bake recipe. It is simple to make and easy to eat.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
72 balls


  • 2 cups whole almonds

  • ½ cup ground cinnamon, or more to taste

  • ½ (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 (16 ounce) package confectioners' sugar


  1. Place almonds in the bowl of a food processor; process until finely ground. Pour cinnamon into a rimmed plate.

  2. Mix cream cheese, butter, and vanilla extract in a large bowl until evenly blended. Place the bowl into a large pan filled with ice to help mixture stiffen; make sure butter mixture does not spill out of the bowl.

  3. Sift confectioners' sugar into the butter mixture. Add ground almonds and stir until combined. Let mixture rest on ice for 5 minutes.

  4. Roll mixture into 1/2-inch balls and roll in cinnamon until coated. Refrigerate until set, about 20 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

You can add 1/2 teaspoon salt to the almonds for a more enhanced flavor. You can roll the candies in chocolate, cocoa powder, or crushed almonds instead of cinnamon, if preferred.

If the butter mixture is too soft to roll, place in the refrigerator for a few minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

60 Calories
3g Fat
8g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 72
Calories 60
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 1g
Calcium 19mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 34mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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