Philly Style Irish Potato Candy

This Philly Style Irish Potato Candy is the perfect addition to your St. Patrick’s Day festivities!  This no-bake candy has a delicious coconut cream inside and is rolled into cinnamon making them look like small potatoes. They’re a gluten-free and dairy-free St. Patty’s day treat!

philly style irish potatoes

Irish Potatoes

Truth is though….Irish Potatoes didn’t originate in Ireland, and they aren’t made from potatoes 😉 Our family has been making this recipe since I was in the 3rd grade(that’s a LONG time!!) but it wasn’t until recently that I realized they’re only a Philadelphia tradition! My whole life I thought everyone was enjoying these sweet Irish treats!!

These little coconut balls are rolled in cinnamon and called Irish Potatoes! They’re so easy to make and perfect to bring to parties- no baking needed and can be made ahead & stored in the fridge. Kids especially have so much fun making this recipe!

What ingredients do I need to make this Irish Potato Candy?

There’s nothing “healthified” about this recipe…but it’s a once a year tradition that has been in our family for years and years. The original recipe is naturally gluten-free and we swapped out the butter for a dairy-free/vegan version.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Confectioner’s Sugar
  • Butter
  • Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Shredded Coconut
  • Water
  • Ground Cinnamon

How to make this Irish Potatoes recipe

This recipe is super easy and such a fun one for kids to get involved with!

Grab a large bowl and combine all of your ingredients-except cinnamon! Mix the dough well…it will be hard, but go ahread and add a little more water if it’s too hard and crumbly. Let the dough sit in the fridge for about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Once the dough is chilled, form it into small balls(potatoes!) and then roll the balls into cinnamon. That’s it! You can either start eating the Irish Potatoes right away, or store in the fridge until ready to eat.

If you make this recipe, be sure to tag me on instagram @thrivingglutenfree so I can see how it turned out!

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Philly Style Irish Potato Candy

This Philly Style Irish Potato Candy is the perfect addition to your St. Patrick's Day Fesitivities! It's a no-bake recipe, filled with a delicious coconut cream dough, then rolled into cinnamon making them look like small potatoes.
Prep Time15 mins
Chill Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Irish Potatoes, St. Patrick's Day
Author: Debby {Thriving Gluten Free}


  • 1 box Confectioner's Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Butter melted; use vegan butter for dairy-free
  • 1 tbsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Shredded Coconut unsweetened
  • 2 tbsp Water may need to add a little more
  • Cinnamon for rolling


  • Mix all ingredients(Except cinnamon!) in a medium bowl.
  • Mix well(dough will be hard) and let sit in the fridge for 45min-1hr. 
  • Form small balls(potatoes!). Pour some cinnamon in a separate small bowl, then roll your potatoes into the cinnamon until all sides are covered.
  • Serve immediately or keep refrigerated until ready to eat.


Tried this recipe?Mention @thrivingglutenfree or #thrivingglutenfree!

Looking for more St. Patrick’s Day recipes?

Check out this Turkey Shepherd’s Pie and our Almond Flour Irish Soda Bread!

irish potatoes recipe st. patricks day

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