Leprechauns and Potatoes

Friday, March 16, 2012 2 Comments »
My daughter-in-law, Jamie, makes sure her children remember the Irish heritage from her side of the family.  Aren't these Deck-rechauns the cutest?  Baby Owen isn't quite sure what to make of it all. 

I would not be surprised if some leprechauns make a visit to their house tonight to create a little mischief.   Last year they opened the kitchen cabinets, put the cooking pots in the floor, turned the breakfast room chairs upside down, and even left a few "gold coins".  Those leprechauns are really tricky!

My family, on the other hand, is Pennsylvania German.  I'm going to make some Am-rish Potatoes tomorrow to eat for dessert after our corned beef dinner.  What are Am-rish Potatoes, you ask?  They are candy Irish Potatoes, but made the way our Pennsylvania Amish make potato candy.   Try it with your kids or grandkids -- it's tons of fun, and it's neat to see them turn left-over mashed potatoes into a yummy, sweet treat.

Patti's Am-rish Potatoes

  • 1/4 cup mashed potatoes (made without milk, butter or seasonings)

  • 3 1/2 cups sifted confectioners sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 cup shredded coconut

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • Cinnamon

  • Put potatoes in large bowl.  Add sugar, vanilla extract, coconut and butter. Mix well. Knead several minutes, adding more sugar, if necessary, to make a stiff dough. Tear off a teaspoon of dough and form into a small log/potato shapes. Roll in cinnamon. Lay on wax paper for 1 hour to dry. Store in an airtight container.


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    Becky M said...

    So cute! And the potatoes sound yummie!