Listen: if you're gonna blow countless fat grams and calories on an Irish potato, then it better be a damn good Irish potato. These are easy to make ... of course, once you see what's in them it may horrify you enough that you never eat them again. Seriously though, if you eat frosting on a supermarket cake, then you're not too good for these.
I've always used a variation of my (Italian) aunt's recipe ... that being said, she recited the recipe for us at dinner the other night and her recitation did match up--at all--with the recipe she wrote down for me 12 or so years ago. Go figure.
- 8 oz cream cheese, room temp
- 1 stick of butter, room temp
- 1.5 tsp of vanilla
- One box of 10x sugar
- 8 oz of sweetened and shredded coconut
Then add in your sifted 10x sugar:
Add your coconut (approximately half of the 14oz package you get at the store):
What you have at this point is a basic cream cheese frosting for something like a coconut cake. Put the whole mixture in the fridge for about two hours.
Once the cream cheese mixture is chilled, it's easy to roll into balls and then roll into cinnamon. You need to frequently rinse your hands with warm water, otherwise they get so sticky that you can't roll the stuff anymore.
In my snobbish opinion, these are worth the calories. I wonder what Nigella would say about these? Maybe: "Gorgeous gobs of spicy, creamy goodness." Or, "Little bites of sweet, creamy loveliness."
I haven't made these in years, usually because whatever I've given up for Lent prevents my eating them.
But, I'll use any excuse to eat gobs of frosting without having to make a cake to go with it.
Another word of advice (not something I've learned from experience): Don't eat a lot of these and chase them all with green beer. Gross.