Today I am sharing with you my recipe for Irish Potatoes. In case you’re wondering, mine aren’t actually made out of potato at all. There’s some recipes out there that actually use mashed potatoes–mine does not. A dear friend and neighbor passed this recipe on to me a couple of years ago right before St. Paddy’s Day. It’s definitely a keeper!
If you have no clue what Irish Potatoes are, they are a sweet candy. Granted, they certainly aren’t beautiful (hence the pretty plate in the picture!) but they are really good. This is a simple recipe, and no baking is involved. If you like to get your kids involved in the kitchen, this is a good one for them to help with. My kids helped mix the dough, roll the balls, and roll them into cinnamon. Also, this is a recipe that is quite easy to double or triple if you’re making sweets for a crowd.
- 1/3 cup melted butter
- 1/3 cup light corn syrup
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
- 1 oz. coconut, chopped fine
- ground cinnamon
Combine all ingredients except cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. Put a few tablespoons of cinnamon in a smaller bowl nearby. You may need to use your hands towards the end to get dough well mixed (Don’t worry, you’ll be getting them gooped up in the next step anyhow). Roll dough between palms into 1″ balls, then immediately roll into cinnamon. Done! Don’t forget to sample a little bit of dough while you’re rolling 😉