Cookbook:Irish Potatoes

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Irish Potatoes, also known as Irish potato candy are potato-shaped sweets that are unique to the Philadelphia area and very popular around St. Patrick's day. Despite their name, they do not contain any potato. It's a common recipe to make with kids as it requires no cooking and it's very hard to mess up.


  • 1 part cream Cheese
  • 2 part dry coconut shavings (can be omitted)
  • 3 parts confectioners sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon


  1. Place the sugar, cream cheese, coconut shavings, and a small amount of vanilla extract into a large bowl.
  2. Knead by hand until ingredients are thoroughly mixed. It should have the consistency of dough. If it's too dry, add more cream cheese. If it's too soft, add more sugar.
  3. Break off small amounts and roll them in your hands until they form balls. They should be small enough to be eaten in one bite
  4. Roll the balls in cinnamon until they are completely coated
  5. (Optional) Place completed "potatoes" in the refrigerator for a few hours until they are firm