Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Irish "Potatoes"

Some versions of this recipe use actual potato, but these cute little confections use cream cheese, butter, sugar and coconut.   Form into mini potato shapes and roll in cinnamon to achieve the potato like appearance.

4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 16-ounce package confectioners' sugar
1 7-ounce package flaked coconut (about 2-1/2 cups)
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla with an electric mixer until smooth.  Add confectioners' sugar and beat until mixture is smooth.  Add coconut and beat on low speed until coconut is evenly distributed.

Roll mixture into potato shaped balls about 1 to 1-1/2 inches each.  Roll lightly in cinnamon until evenly coated.

Refrigerate for about an hour or until firm.

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