If you’ve found your way to this post expecting a recipe for something yummy to serve with roasted chicken, you are out of luck. Irish Potatoes aren’t actually potatoes, and they’re probably not Irish either, but I’ll let that be a conversation between you and Siri. When my son asked about their name I told him I thought it had something to do with the potato famine (where the potatoes got sick and people died – which for some strange reason he found to be confusing). Also, in my opinion, it is preferable to have a holiday such as Saint Patrick’s Day as an excuse to eat desserts made almost totally from sugar and butter. And last but not least, the name “sweet sticky balls of deliciousness” is way to long.
While the reason for their existence may not be straight forward, making them is actually quite easy.
- 1/4 cup butter (softened)
- 1/2 package cream cheese (softened)
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
Cream together butter and cream cheese
Slowly add powdered sugar. Try not to turn yourself into Casper the friendly ghost while doing this.
Add the vanilla
Do NOT, at this point, go outside to talk to the neighbor about the lost cat who has been wondering around your yard. ESPECIALLY do not do this if you had a child who was helping you with this dessert making endeavor because you know there are sayings about IDOL HANDS. It is possible, hypothetically, that you will come back in from dealing with the orphaned cat situation to find that the idol child has pilfered a handful of powdered sugar from the open bag on the counter and has left a powdery trail to his location in your bedroom where he can be found – covered with the evidence of his crime. But like I said, this is totally hypothetical.
ANYHOW…. Slowly stir in the coconut and then cover and chill for awhile. Also try to do some chilling yourself if you are as stressed out as this momma was at this moment in the dessert making process. If you have a sugar covered child, run him a bath. Resist the temptation to make it a cold one.
After about a half hour, the mixture should be pretty easy to handle. Roll the dough into small balls.
Cover in cinnamon, and place on parchment paper.
Upon further experimentation, we decided to roll all the balls first and then cover them in cinnamon, so that we didn’t have cinnamon stuck to our doughy hands.
Store whatever Irish Potatoes are not immediately consumed in the refrigerator.
If you’re interested in teaching your child about this history of Saint Patrick’s Day, you can find out more about it here! My kids request the video I mention every year. And just type St. Patrick’s Day in our Play Eat Grow search bar for even more great ideas!