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This Irish Potato Candy is totally different from the potato candy made with potatoes and there are no potatoes in the recipe. This is called Irish Potato Candy because it resembles small Irish potatoes once it is rolled in cinnamon. It has nothing to do with Ireland but I make this candy every year for St. Patrick’s Day because we love it. If you don’t like cinnamon you can use cocoa or coconut. I usually do some in all three. I color the coconut green with a drop of food coloring so it still looks good for St. Patrick’s Day. I love grabbing a piece of this candy when I am craving something sweet.
1/4 cup butter or margarine or 4 tablespoons, softened (I soften my butter and cream cheese in the microwave for about 30 seconds)
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
1 cup coconut, shredded or grated
Ground cinnamon (start with 2 tablespoons add more as needed)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cream butter and cream cheese with mixer. Add sugar one cup at a time while mixing. Mix in vanilla extract. Fold in coconut with a spoon and stir well. Scoop out about a tablespoon of the mixture at a time and place on cookie sheet covered with parchment paper or wax paper. My pieces make about two bites each. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer for 30 minutes. Sprinkle your cinnamon in a shallow pan. (I use a metal pie pan) Remove the candy from the freezer and roll each piece in the ground cinnamon. Coat lightly, just enough to cover. The small cupcake paper liners are wonderful for this candy. This makes about 25 pieces of candy. Keep refrigerated. Enjoy!
Note: If using cocoa instead of cinnamon use about the same amount and coat the same way. If using coconut, I put a cup of coconut and add a drop of green food coloring until you get the color you like.
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