So technically I’m half-Irish, which means I love any excuse to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. When I think of Irish food, I actually think of my grandmother’s Lamb Stew or Corned Beef and Cabbage… but I don’t eat beef or lamb so that rules out making anything meaty. In recent years, I’ve made Irish Potatoes (candy) – they are fun and easy to make and it’s a good one that they kids can get involved in.
Irish Potatoes Recipe – Ingredients & Directions:
- 5 oz cream cheese – regular, not reduced fat
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 stick of softened butter
- 16 oz of confectioners sugar
- 2 cups of shredded coconut
- 5-6 tbsp of cinnamon or however much you need to roll and cover all the balls
First thing you’re going to do is whip the cream cheese and butter together. I recommend letting both sit out a bit before you try and whip them together:
Next, add the vanilla extract or have your 5 year old helper do it like mine is here:
Add the 16 ounces of powdered sugar:
Next, add the coconut. I noticed that lots of recipes call for more than 2 cups. I only use 2 – I can’t handle the sweetness of anything more but if you like your Irish Potatoes really sweet you can add a bit more to taste:
Get rolling. I used a shallow pasta dish this time that is probably the best bowl I’ve ever used for this process. It needs to be something shallow that you can easily roll a ball around in. This dish worked great. Also, you’ll notice I called for 5-6 tablespoons of cinnamon. It’s basically how many times I had to pour a little spoonful into the bowl. This can definitely vary depending on how much cinnamon you want and how well you can roll your balls!
Line them out on a cookie sheet on your counter for an hour or more. It just gives them time to harden a tiny bit and retain their ball shape.