Irish Potato Candy – Pennsylvania

Break out your green sweater and practice your Irish step dance moves, it’s almost St. Patrick’s Day. And what better way to

Irish Potato Candy - Pennsylvaniacelebrate than by making these cute candies that look like mini potatoes but taste like coconut heaven.

If you live in the Philadelphia area, these candies start making an appearance at bakeries, candy shops and grocery stores around early March. Their origin is uncertain but some claim they were first made by Irish immigrant candy makers in the late 1800s or the early 1900s.

Irish Potato Candy - PennsylvaniaThis no-cook recipe that we found from The Kitchn couldn’t be easier. To help shape the candies, put the portioned candy batter in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes or until the batter firms up. Then simply shape and dip in cinnamon. Slainte!

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Irish Potato Candy

  • Servings: 4 dozen
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened to room temperature
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 2/3 cups sweetened coconut
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon


Using a stand or handheld mixer, combine butter, cream cheese and vanilla. Beat for 3 minutes until mixture is smooth, occasionally stopping to scrape down sides of bowl. Gradually add the powdered sugar, again, stopping to scrape down sides of bowl. Add salt and coconut, mixing until incorporated.

On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, scoop out batter into tablespoon-sized mounds. Place baking sheet in refrigerator for approximately 30 minutes or until candy is cold. Remove baking sheet.

Place cinnamon in a clean, small bowl. Shape each mound into a little potato. Toss each piece of candy in the cinnamon until completely coated.


7 thoughts on “Irish Potato Candy – Pennsylvania”

  1. Never seen these before Kat! What fun! Do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?? I think we’ve kind of let it go since I’m not at school with kids celebrating. But I loved reading Tomie DePaola’s book on the real St. Patrick to the kids every year. Have you seen it? Tun post! hugs!

    1. Hi Rhonda – yes SPD is HUGE here in Chicago area. I have never read that book but I love that author, I will have to see if I can get it at the library. Making corned beef and cabbage tomorrow. Not my fave but my boys love it so I make it every year. -Kat

      1. Hey Kat– you’re such a good mom, coming up with corned beef and cabbage! Any leftovers for sandwiches??! Is your son about to graduate?? Exciting– and a little scary too… Such a big time in life. hugs hugs.

  2. Mmm I expected some potato in there somewhere. Like mashed potato or potato starch or powder. It does look very much like little potatoes!

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