Irish Potato Candy

Irish potato candy is a favorite where I’m from in the coal mines of Pennsylvania.  There used to be a candy store in the mall that sold these that I would crave every time we walked by.  The candy has the sweet smell of cinnamon.  They are best serve chilled, and when you take a bite you will taste the sweetness mixed in with coconut.  Irish potato candy is a magical experience to eat.  As a kid I used to actually think they were made of potatoes, but boy was I wrong.  There is nothing healthy about these, warning.  But they are very good, so have one or two for dessert.  If you make these there is a strong chance you will declare your love for me, so give them a try.

These are easy to make – there is no cooking, just chilling involved.  There is also some mixing involved so you will have some bowls to clean (preferred to clean by mouth first).
Why are they called potato candy?  Because they look like little cute potatoes!  These would be extra cute to make for St Patrick’s Day!
Hey little beautiful spud.
And when you take a bite…. just wait!

1/4 cup butter softened
8 ounce cream cheese
4 cups confectioners powdered sugar
2 1/2 cups flaked sweetened coconut
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
few tablespoons of ground cinnamon to roll them in

Beat your softened butter and cream cheese together with a mixer until it’s smooth. 
Add your powdered sugar and vanilla. Keep beating until this is smooth.
Mix in the coconut, with a spoon or your hands.
Roll into potato shapes with your hands.  I like to keep them about 2 inches big.
Roll in cinnamon to make them brown.
Place on wax paper lined cookie sheet and chill for a few hours in the refrigerator.
When chilled, store in a container in refrigerator.

More pictures behind the cut.

Simple ingredients. 
Mix your butter and cream cheese.  It’s a little hard to do, use power.
Then mix  in vanilla and powdered sugar. Then take a beater and lick it clean.
Add your coconut. 
Mix it with your hands.  You are going to get dirty.  Totally ok. 
Roll in cinnamon.  Add more as you need it. You will only need 2-3 tablespoons.
Put your little potatoes on wax paper and chill.

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