RECIPE: Irish Potato Candy

My Grandmother makes Irish Potato Candy every year at Christmas time and they have always been my favorite candy.  A few years ago, I finally talked her into sharing the recipe with me.


  • 1 VERY small potato
  • Lots of powdered sugar (I try to have either 2 large bags or 4 boxes on hand just in case)
  • Peanut Butter – creamy works best


Step One:  Boil the heck out of the potato.  I typically boil it for about an hour

Step Two: Peel and mash the potato – concentrate on making it as smooth as possible

Step Three:  Mix powdered sugar with potato (adding a small amount of sugar at a time) until a dough forms

Step Four:  Flatten dough as thin as possible while still being able to work it (this step and the next step need to be completed pretty quickly before the dough hardens and begins to crack.

Step Five:  Spread a layer of peanut butter over the flattened dough

Step Six:  Roll into log and slice into pieces.

Depending on the size and type of your potato, this could yield anywhere from a couple dozen pieces to enough to supply the entire neighborhood.

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  1. says

    That’s a traditional recipe in my family too! I don’t always have peanut butter on hand, so sometimes I use other fillers, or just cut out the “dough” with cookie cutters.

    I once asked an Irish friend about it, and it is indeed a long-standing Irish candy.

  2. says

    Looks fabulous! I MUST try it! Does it matter what type of potato you use? i.e., russett, yukon gold, red, etc? Also, do you boil the potato whole? Do you think it would matter if you peel it and cut into chunks before you boil it? How long does it keep? Does it have to go in the fridge? Ok, now that I have slammed you with a billion questions, lol! :)

    • Kelli says

      I use a Russet, not sure if it matters – some will produce more liquid than others. I just wash the potato and then boil it. I wouldn’t worry about cutting it or anything. It doesn’t keep for a huge amount of time, but no you don’t put it in the fridge. Just a tin – I separate the layers with a bit of waxed paper. Once you roll it and it sets, the becomes a bit harder. :-)

    • says

      My Dad used to make this. The potato does not matter. You can even peel first and then boil it. If you do that, you get a wetter potato. My daughter this year put the boiled potato in a kitchen aid to creeme the potato.

  3. says

    Yay! I love anything with either potatoes or peanut butter, and this fits both. My mom used to mke a Christmas candy with potatoes and coconut and powdered sugar. She topped it with chocolate, and they tasted like Mounds bars. They were so good!

  4. Linda Law says

    This is an old family recipe that was passed down from my grandmother. This also works well with leftover baked potatoes. A small potato goes a looonnnnggg way! The nice thing with a baked potato, is that you keep a little bit more nutrition from it–as if that matters with so much sugar! :) It was always a fun treat to tell my friends I ate candy made from potatoes.

  5. says

    That sounds really interesting! I have never tried cookies made of potatoes so I will for sure give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Cindy Merrill says

    Maine needhams are very close to this- only difference is, you omit the peanutbutter, sprinkle in fresh grated coconut, then pour melted chocolate over the chilled sliced candy.

  7. Steph H says

    Years ago, my kindergarten teacher and the class made this candy to raise money for a field trip.It was a big hit for the whole school!

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