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!

Easy Vanilla Fudge

Yes I know.

It’s Lent, and folks have given up a ton of things.

This is such an EASY recipe that it is worth holding on to for when you need something to make as a homemade gift, and it is really good. You can also add other things in it, such as walnuts or other nuts, chocolate chips, ..let your mind take you to what you’d want to try in it.

3 3/4 cups confectioner’s sugar

6 tablespoons butter

3 tablespoons milk

1 tablespoon vanilla extract ( although I tend to be a little heavy with this-stretching it to 2)

1 pinch salt

Grease a 9″ by 5″ pan and set it aside.

In a three quart saucepan, over LOW heat, mix together the confectioner’s sugar, butter, milk, vanilla and salt until you see it is creamy.

Pour the mixture into the greased pan, and then refrigerate until firm.Cut into squares and the store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

This is such a good, easy recipe, it is going in my Christmas gifts I make for neighbors next year.