Irish Potato Candy

Irish potato candy -
Irish potato candy -

Don’t be fooled by their looks or their misleading name: Irish Potato Candy is not a potato-based dish at all. Rather, it is a cake made with coconut cream: a delight, especially when rolled in cinnamon!

Taste the Irish Potato Candy

Mini-cakes with controversial origins…

The Irish certainly love this pastry, and the word irish is even in its designation! However, this delicacy is said to have originated not in Ireland, but in the United States, in Philadelphia. It is said to have been created by Irish immigrants to be served especially on St. Patrick’s Day.

It gets its name from its resemblance to potatoes.

Its success has not been denied, and since then, Irish Potato Candy has been served not only in the United States, but all over Ireland!

You can easily find it in most local bakeries as well as in supermarkets… But let’s face it: it is in Irish homes, when they are homemade, that they are the best!



  • 100g of butter
  • 200g of fresh cheese
  • 3 vanilla beans
  • 320g icing sugar
  • 300g coconut powder
  • powdered cinnamon
  • optional: a glass base of Bailey’s irish Cream


  • Beat the cheese and softened butter in a salad bowl until smooth and homogeneous
  • Open the vanilla beans, scrape out the inside and add to the preparation.
  • Add the icing sugar and knead to obtain a ball. (Add more icing sugar if necessary)
  • Then add the coconut and knead. Form small balls and place them on a baking sheet with baking paper.
  • Place it in the fridge for over an hour. They should then be firm.
  • Roll the balls in cinnamon
  • They are ready to be eaten with a good irish breakfast tea!

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