Irish Potato Candy

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 dozen 1x
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: American


Originating in Philadelphia, these easy, little Irish potato candies are the perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Make the recipe dairy free by using vegan butter and cream cheese. #stpatricksday #candy  



  • 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
  • 11 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.


*Use vegan for dairy free

Nutrition information calculated with traditional ingredients.

Keywords: St. Patrick's Day, potato candy, candy, dairy free candy, vegan candy, irish, no bake