So this Polish gal…

…that’s me…makes Irish Potatoes.You know, the candy Irish potatoes.

You can make them potato size or, as I prefer, more like a cinnamon butter cream.Now I make them for my neighbors, and this year I am making them for my class, but I have to keep the coconut out for school, because my friend Jack is allergic.

Basically, here is my recipe for 25 Irish potatoes, buttercream size.

1 Package cream cheese.
(here I have the option of using either low-fat or regular)

1 cup of coconut flakes, depending on you or your audience’s love of coconut.

1 1/2 cup confectioners sugar( 10x or powdered sugar)

2 teaspoons vanilla.

A good grade of cinnamon powder.You’ll need at least 4 ounces-more if you are making bigger potatoes.

Cream together cream cheese, vanilla and 10x sugar. Let rest in refrigerator for 15 minutes.Bring it back out after 15,and then fold in the coconut flakes and stir or mix thoroughly.Then I put it back in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

After resting, bring them back out, use a cookie scoop or melon baller, and form your potatoes.I line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, so they won’t stick.Then, keeping one hand for dropping in the cinnamon and one for rolling in the cinnamon,start rolling your potatoes in the mixture.The trick here is not to get the cinnamon in your potato mixture.It takes a few batches for me to actually realize that unless it is rotten, a potato should be white….ha!

Put finished tray back in refrigerator until ready to serve or package as gifts.

I’ve been making these for 25 years, and they are pretty good.

Good Luck!

Valentine’s Week Part Deux

So here is a photo of the Oreo biscotti recipe that I posted in yesterday’s post. I had used regular Oreos, not double stuffed, not funky flavored, just plain regular Oreos.

In comparison to my go to recipe for vanilla biscotti, these came out good. My issue is I like vanilla. My other problem is I don’t go nuts over Oreos, so I had figured the chocolate would have been a nice touch for Valentine’s Day.

If you like Oreos, these are good. Will I make them again?Perhaps if someone asks for them. When I would do this again, I might put a hint of cinnamon or something in to give a little kick.

So here is the end result. Between us and neighbors, they’ll be gone soon.