Saturday, March 17, 2012

Irish Potato Candy

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Irish Potato Candy

Serves: 5
• 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
• 4 ounces cream cheese, softened (see Note)
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1 (16-ounce) package confectioners' sugar
• 1 (7-ounce) package sweetened flaked coconut (about 2-1/2 cups)
• 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and cream cheese. Add the vanilla and confectioners' sugar and beat until the mixture forms a ball. With a spoon, stir in the coconut.

2. Roll the mixture between your hands to form small potato-shaped candies, or roll into small balls. Place the cinnamon in a shallow dish. Roll the balls in the cinnamon then place on a cookie sheet, cover, and chill for about 1 hour, until firm.
Suggestion: Use 1/2 tbsp of cocoa with every 1 tbsp cinnamon for the coating. After letting it set for about 20 minutes, brush the excess off with a basting brush.

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