Irish Potatoes

Irish Potatoes

Children and adults love Irish Potatoes.  Especially if they find the lucky green potato! Here are three different versions for presentation.  Be sure to save out a portion to mix with green food coloring and then shape and roll like the others. Sneaky!

The treasure can be gold foil-wrapped chocolate coins or gold dollar coins.  Check with your bank to see if they have any gold dollar coins.

1) Give an Irish Potato recipe and the below poem to children.  Make it with them and sneak in the green ones when they are not looking.  When the children find a green potato magically mixed in with the others, have them hunt for a pot of gold (gold foil-wrapped chocolate coins or gold dollar coins) that the leprechaun should have left!

2) Make up a batch of Irish Potatoes with a few green ones mixed in and give with the poem.  Have them hunt for the treasure (gold foil-wrapped coins or gold dollar coins).  You can even leave a green and gold glitter trail as a clue.

3) Make up a batch of Irish Potatoes to leave out at night.  The leprechaun will turn a couple of the potatoes green and leave a treasure of gold foil-wrapped coins or gold dollar coins in the morning. Sometimes he leaves a green and gold glitter trail going out the window!



Recipes here.

Poems here.

Thanks Betty for the below recipe.

Irish Potatoes
Brought to you from CraftSayings.com with leprechaun help!

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
4 ounces regular cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
16 ounces confectioner sugar
7 ounces sweetened flaked coconut (about 2 &1/2 cups)
ground cinnamon for rolling

Cream together the butter and cream cheese in a large bowl. Add the vanilla and confectioner sugar and beat until a ball is formed. Stir in the coconut with a spoon.  Roll small amounts in your hands to form potatoes.  Remember potatoes are not perfectly shaped!  Roll your potatoes in a dish of cinnamon. Place on a cookie sheet, cover and chill until firm, about one hour. Now roll in cinnamon a second time for extra dirty potatoes. Note: If you find a green Irish potato mixed in, a leprechaun has visited to bring you good luck and sometimes a pot of gold!  Yields about 5 dozen.  

Thanks Carol for recipe below.

Irish Potatoes
Brought to you from CraftSayings.com with leprechaun help!

5 or 6 tablespoons softened butter
1/2 cup light Karo syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 & 1/2 cups confectioner sugar
3 & 1/2 cups flaked coconut
cinnamon for rolling

Mix first four ingredients. Add confectioner sugar and coconut and knead until shiny. Roll small amounts in your hands to form potatoes.  Remember potatoes are not perfectly shaped!  Roll your potatoes in a dish of cinnamon. Roll a second time for extra dirty potatoes. Do not refrigerate mixture.  Note: If you find a green Irish potato mixed in, a leprechaun has visited to bring you good luck and sometimes a pot of gold!

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