Happy Belated St. Patrick's Day! Yes, I'm aware St. Patrick's Day is over, but I was sick throughout most of this week, so I'm celebrating today! One of my most favorite things in the world are Irish Potatoes. I would make them more, if I had any self control around them and didn't eat them all in a day lol.
Fun fact: did you know that these originated in Philadelphia? I didn't realize how many people outside of this state didn't know what they were! A lot of said people are confused when they realize there's nothing Irish or potato about them, other than the fact they look like little potatoes! No matter where you're from, these are sure to be a tasty treat you'll enjoy! They're super easy, but a little messy to make! So roll up your sleeves and get ready to get dirty!
The ingredients are really simple, and so are the directions. Pretty much anyone willing to make a little bit of a mess can make these. I took the recipe I saw on The Vegan Kat's blog and slightly tweaked it to my own liking. Feel free to add and subtract as you see fit. Here's what you will need:
-1/4 c softened Earth Balance Butter. It doesn't matter the flavor. I have the soy free one, which is the one I always use. I imagine the coconut one might add a little something extra to this recipe!-1/2 Tofutti vegan cream cheese. This is half the container.
-2 tsp vanilla extract. I use a little more than required because I'm a vanilla junkie. The recipe only calls for half of that.
-4 c vegan confectioner's (powder) sugar. I say vegan because unless otherwise stated, most sugar is processed through bone char. It's gross. I got Woodstock brand.
-2.5 c coconut. Now, I got finely shredded coconut. They have thick longer shreds, flaked, chunks. Buy whichever coconut you prefer, and add as much as you want. Some people love coconut, some people not so much. I'm a huge fan, but I feel it can be overpowering in big pieces so that's why I got finely shredded.
-Cinnamon. Lots of it. You're gonna need it for rolling them in. I would keep the container out to add more as you need.
-A few dashes of brown sugar. I mix a little brown sugar in with my cinnamon when I roll them candies. I feel like it just adds a little something extra!
-Don't forget to get your jams going! Cooking/baking and dancing to your favorite songs while doing so is one of the best medicines!
First, you want to add your butter, cream cheese, and vanilla, and beat it until smooth. I was SO MAD because I just opened my Hello Kitty hand mixer that I never used before, and after 2 minutes of use, it broke! Lesson learned: don't buy novelty appliances, no matter how cute they are. Fortunately, I have my old and trusted Kitchen Aid hand mixer that even though it's not pretty, it's never let me down.
You're supposed to add the powdered sugar slowly and mix it in. Well I wasn't paying attention and I added my powdered sugar all in one sitting, so it's a little more messy and difficult to mix, but if you just go slow and stop every so often to fold it in, you'll be fine. It only took me an extra few minutes.
I added the coconut little by little. I did this because A) it's easier to mix and B) this way you can judge how much coconut you're putting in. I used almost all the 2.5 cups when I added mine in. This is the final result of the mixture you see below:
At this point, I put the mixture in the fridge for about 15 minutes to let it harden a bit before I roll it into balls. The colder it is the easier it is to roll. This mixture is super sticky. Depending on how fast you can roll, you might have to put it back in again to harden.
While it's hardening, get a plate and sprinkle a generous amount of cinnamon and a few dashes of brown sugar on it. Mix it with your hands so there's no clumps of brown sugar anywhere. Get out a container to put your finished Irish Potatoes in once you're done rolling them.
You don't want to roll out big or perfect circles. They're meant to look like little potatoes, so small and misshaped is what you're aiming for. I make mine a little bigger than the size of a quarter. You can roll them in the mixture and coat them as much as you want. I like to make mine dark.
The finished product! Store them in an air tight container. They should keep for a few days, if you can make them last that long! Let them chill in the fridge for about an hour to let them get firm, and enjoy! These little candies are in no way shape or form healthy for you, but you have to indulge every now and again!