Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
It’s the luck of the Irish so they say. Reality is, there is no luck – it is just hard work that meets an opportunity. Or just following the rainbow till you get to that pot of gold!
In the meantime, till you get there, how about a few cream cheese, coconut and sugar filled cinnamon coated Irish potatoes!
Irish potatoes used to my grandfathers all time FAVORITE St. Patrick’s Day food! Meals at my grandparents house were an overjoyed plethora of food to feed an army. Grand-mom would have a gorgeous table setting filled with a cold cut platter, potato salad, various pasta dishes, jello salads, cake and candy – you name it, she had it for us! And these creamy homemade candies are truly something to be talked about.
My mom gave me the recipe and what we discovered is the best way to make them is to roll the cream cheese balls into the cinnamon instead of tossing them in a bag of cinnamon to coat. Coating them in a bag makes them a bit too “cinnaminy” if that is even a word. Lesson learned.
St. Patrick’s Day is always on March 17th in memory of Saint Patrick of Ireland. Ireland celebrates with lots of green, parades, and special foods including shepherd’s pie, corn beef, Irish soda bread, any form of green food and Irish potatoes.
Isn’t that a funny fact? Irish potatoes are from Philadelphia, not even from Ireland but they seem to be a St. Patrick’s Day favorite food in our family!
Cinnamon is an anti-inflammatory and excellent to get into your diet. So if you are not a cinnamon fan- you many want to try it in these tasty desserts!
They totally resemble a small potato. White on the outside and coated in a light brown outer layer. You can roll them into an oval shape to really resemble a potato or I like to just roll them into circular balls as well.
While I was shooting a video of making these and chocolate covered homemade mounds I set them aside. As soon as I finished shooting the video I turned around to see that my Irish potato candy balls went missing. Both boys such into the kitchen to help themselves to six of them when I was not looking!
How to make Irish potatoes:
- Mix together everything in a mixer.
- Roll into small circular balls.
- Coat with cinnamon
That is it, so simple and these are a must make anytime!
“Irish potato candy contain no potatoes and are not from Ireland, despite its name.”
Our grocery store started carrying Greek Yogurt Cream Cheese in which I am totally obsessed! It has 4 times more protein and half the fat of regular cream cheese! I have made Irish potato candy with that and they turn out slightly softer but still delicious. For maximum flavor use full fat cream cheese and not whipped. These can also be made super tiny, but I chose to make giant size St. Patrick’s Day Irish potato candies.
These Irish potatoes are:
And soothes a sweet tooth with only a tiny bite!
- 8 oz. cream cheese
- ½ stick of organic butter
- 2 lbs. powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoon vanilla
- 7 oz. unsweetened shredded coconut
- 2 Tablespoons cinnamon
- Prepare a baking pan by lining it with parchment paper. In a mixture combine cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and coconut until combined. Roll into balls or oval shape to resemble a potato and place on parchment paper lined baking pan. Place in the refrigerator for about 1 hour.
- Roll each ball into cinnamon and place on the parchment lined pan. Continue for each ball and store in an airtight container for 5-7 days.
|Amount Per Serving|
|% Daily Value *|
|Total Fat 5 g||7 %|
|Saturated Fat 3 g||16 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 0 g|
|Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g|
|Trans Fat 0 g|
|Cholesterol 5 mg||2 %|
|Sodium 20 mg||1 %|
|Potassium 24 mg||1 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 9 g||3 %|
|Dietary Fiber 3 g||13 %|
|Sugars 5 g|
|Protein 1 g||1 %|
|Vitamin A||1 %|
|Vitamin C||0 %|