Irish Potato Candy

Irish Potato Candy | A Teaspoon of Happiness #stpatricksday

This recipe is not dairy free. It was published before Simply Whisked went dairy free, but I have chosen not to remove it as a reference for incoming traffic. Feel free to swap dairy free substitutes for the ingredients to make it dairy free.

Irish potato candies originated in Philadelphia among Irish immigrants, and they have turned into a St. Patrick’s Day tradition there. Have I ever told you that my family is from Philadelphia? Maybe I have or maybe I haven’t. I can’t remember, but we are. Even though I consider myself a true Wisconsin girl, I was still born in Philadelphia and the majority of my family resides in the region. Strangely enough, I don’t actually have any recollection of eating these little spuds when we lived there, but my mom’s made them for St. Patrick’s Day many times, and they’re always a treat.

Irish Potato Candy | A Teaspoon of Happiness #stpatricksday

They don’t actually contain any potato, but instead they resemble potatoes. These “potatoes” are stuffed full of my favorite sweet ingredients – cream cheese, coconut and cinnamon – making them my absolute favorite candy in the whole world. The candies are pretty simple to make. You’ll be completely finished in under an hour, which (in my opinion) isn’t too long for such an amazing confection. Just mix up the cream cheese and coconut filling and roll it in some cinnamon. Rolling them into potato shapes is totally optional, but really does add to the cuteness. Serve them in a brown paper bag – a.k.a. a potato sack.


Irish Potato Candy | A Teaspoon of Happiness #stpatricksday

Just a quick note: I roll all of my filling out before starting with the cinnamon to keep the cinnamon off my hands and prevent it from getting into the center of the candies. Once I roll them in the cinnamon, I roll them back and forth in the palms of my hands to make a more oval, potato-like shape.

Irish Potato Candy | A Teaspoon of Happiness #stpatricksday


Irish Potato Candy

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 dozen


  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened (1/2 package)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 – 1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon


  1. In a large bowl with an electric mixer *affiliate link, beat butter, cream cheese and vanilla.
  2. Slowly add powdered sugar and continue mixing to incorporate – scraping sides when necessary.
  3. Add coconut and continue to mix until combined.
  4. Roll mixture into tablespoon-size balls.
  5. Roll each piece cinnamon to coat.
  6. Once coated, roll candies into a potato shape – if desired.
  7. Set on a parchment or foil lined cookie sheet and chill until set.
  8. Store candies in refrigerator until ready to serve.


  • Calories: 0
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 0 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Looking for more St. Patrick’s Day recipes? Check out some of my other Irish inspired posts:

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  • Reply
    March 4, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Oh my goodness.. These are simply adorable! I can’t believe I’d never seen or heard of them before! They look quite tasty also.. If it has cream cheese in it, it’s guaranteed delicious in my opinion!

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      Melissa Belanger
      March 4, 2014 at 4:37 pm

      Thanks! They’re really regional to the Philly area (at least I think). You totally have to try them. Do you think you could vegan-ize them? That would be really cool.

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        February 27, 2018 at 6:00 pm

        You definitely could veganize these by using Tofutti non dairy cream cheese and something like earth balance non dairy butter. I make easter eggs similar to this recipe using those ingredients. \

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          Melissa Belanger
          February 28, 2018 at 12:31 pm

          Yes! This post is so old, but I was planning to do that for St. Patrick’s Day this year.

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    March 4, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Ha, I already thought about that! I do think I could, and pretty simply, too, with some Tofutti cream cheese! Yummmm.. I just can’t get over how much they look like little potatoes. I’d love for O to come home while I’m sitting on the couch with a bowl of them.. freak him out!

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    shannon@Lady's Little Loves
    March 4, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    These look SO good and will be a must try!!! yUM!!!!

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    September 22, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    I made these last night, and WOW they are so good! I’m from Philadelphia and these are the best Irish potatoes that I have tried. I found that chilling the “filling” between the mixing and rolling steps made things go much smoother lol. thank you so much for the recipe!

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    March 7, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Just made these yesterday and they’re delicious! They’re a big hit with my husband, who tends to be a bit picky. I only used two cups of coconut and chilled them before rolling them in cocoa rather than cinnamon. I’d definitely make these again! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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      Melissa Belanger
      March 8, 2016 at 4:20 pm

      I will have to try the cocoa next time! I have heard that mixing the cinnamon and cocoa is good as well. I’m happy to hear that you liked them!

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        lILLIAN allen
        February 27, 2017 at 11:53 am

        i’m gonna make these for a project in school they look delicious i must try them!! do they need to Be cooked?

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          Melissa Belanger
          February 27, 2017 at 3:45 pm

          No they don’t. Just chill them.

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    March 15, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    heads up, the link from realsimple.com is broken. this item piqued my interest and i went hunting…. but, you’re not making any cash when it doesn’t work.

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      Melissa Belanger
      March 17, 2017 at 9:01 am

      Thanks for letting me know! I just checked and it seems that there’s two links on their posting. One goes to my home page and one goes to the recipe page!

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    October 22, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    I followed the recipe and the filling had no taste no one in the family and friends liked them the only thing they could taste was the cinnamon I ground up the coconut would that change the taste of the candy they were also dry they look just like they should but the taste was not good
    thank you

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      Melissa Belanger
      October 22, 2017 at 6:26 pm

      What do you mean you ground up the coconut? If you ground up fresh coconut, that would definitely affect the flavor because the recipe calls for sweetened coconut. If you mean you just ground up your sweetened flaked coconut, I’m not really sure why the flavor didn’t turn out. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy them. 🙁

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    March 2, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    These were really yummy! I might reduce the amount of powdered sugar next time but the consistency was so yummy. I reduced the coconut a bit & it was perfect for our tastes. Thanks for sharing!

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    March 16, 2018 at 9:42 pm

    These were fantastic! What fun to make and I can’t wait to give them to co-workers tomorrow. Thanks for this will have to make these a tradition. I did make a change and made my cinnamon coat with brown sugar and white sugar with tons of cinnamon. Next time I’ll use dark brown sugar to get a darker color.

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    Carol H
    March 18, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    These were delicious and easy to make! People really liked them!

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