Irish Potato Candy Recipe

Irish Potato Candy is a delicious coconut treat rolled in cinnamon (no baking required).

While these are called potato candy, they do not contain potatoes and they are not Irish. Their name comes from the way they look Like potatoes.

close up of Irish Potato Candy in a basket

Irish potato candy is popular around St. Patrick’s day although it isn’t Irish (it was actually developed in Philadelphia). And while you can purchase these treats they’re super easy to make at home.


  • BASE The base of this treat is a mixture of cream cheese and butter sweetened with powdered sugar.
  • FLAVOR Coconut not only adds texture but it adds flavor along with vanilla.
  • COATING These are rolled in a coating of cinnamon which adds flavor and warm spice. If you’d prefer you could roll them in cocoa instead.

ingredients to make Irish Potato Candy

Tips for Success

  • These are sweet, they’re candy so they are intended to be sweet. If you’d Like to Decrease down on the sweetness some, use unsweetened coconut.
  • If the dough is really soft, refrigerate it for a little bit before rolling.
  • If the dough is too sticky, add a bit more coconut.
  • We shape them into little balls but you can shape them a little bit more oval to resemble a potato if you’d like.
  • Keep these in the fridge up to 2 weeks or in the freezer up to 3 months.

process of dipping Irish Potato Candy in chocolate

More St. Patrick’s Day Favorites

  • Corned Beef and Cabbage
  • Reuben Dip
  • Colcannon Recipe (Cabbage and Potatoes)
  • Copycat Shamrock Shake
  • My Favorite Reuben Sandwich
close up of Irish Potato Candy

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Review Recipe

Irish Potato Candy

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 30 candies
Author Spend With Pennies SN
A delicious creamy coconutty treat that are rolled in cinnamon.
Print Recipe


  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • cup butter softened
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ¼ cups coconut flakes
  • 1-2 tablespoons cinnamon


  • Using a mixer cream together the butter, cream cheese, and vanilla extract.
  • Add powdered sugar slowly to the bowl and Continue to beat until combined and you have a thick dough.
  • Using a wooden spoon and mix in the coconut.
  • Take a small about of the dough in your hand and roll it into a ball around the size of a marble.
  • Place the cinnamon into a small bowl and roll the ball to coat.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1candy, Calories: 136, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 10mg, Sodium: 33mg, Potassium: 42mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 16g, Vitamin A: 115IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 9mg, Iron: 1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Irish Potato Candy Recipe

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