Some key facts about these treats:
- There are no potatoes involved in Irish Potatoes, it's actually a candy of sorts.
- Apparently no one outside of the Philadelphia area has ever had or heard of Irish Potatoes--until now!
- Irish Potatoes are basically made of frosting formed to look like potatoes.
The last part is very hands-on and messy. You form the dough into little bite-sized 'potatoes' and roll them in cinnamon to get the earthy potato color.
based on Food.com's recipe
- 1/4 cup of softened butter
- 4 oz. softened cream cheese (half a brick)
- 16 oz. powdered sugar (1 package)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups coconut flakes (if you reeeeally don't like coconut, you can probably skip this)
- 1 Tablespoon of cinnamon
- In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and cream cheese until smooth.
- Slowly add the powdered sugar and vanilla to the butter and cream cheese until incorporated. This will form a ball of dough that's thick.
- Fold in the coconut to equally distribute throughout the dough. If you're making these for Easter, you can add food coloring at this point (or you can add some green food coloring for St. Patty's Day).
- Roll small amounts of dough between your hands to form a bite-sized potato. These are very rich so shouldn't be larger than a chocolate truffle.
- Roll the potatoes in cinnamon (or sprinkles for festiveness) to cover.
- Makes a lot of potatoes, 5 dozen