Happy St. Patrick’s Day! – Vegan Irish Potatoes

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day coming up, here is a recipe for vegan Irish Potatoes. I was curious about the origins of Irish potatoes so I did a little research. Apparently, there are versions of Irish potatoes that do actually contain mashed potato, but the kind I’ve always had never contained any actual potato. The kind of Irish Potato that I’m familiar with actually originated in Philadelphia. Turns out it’s more of a local speciality from where I grew up than I thought!


1/4 cup Earth Balance vegan butter (softened)
1/2 cup Tofutti vegan cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups of confectioner’s sugar
2 1/2 cups flaked coconut
ground cinnamon


  • In a mixing bowl beat together the vegan butter, vegan cream cheese, and vanilla until there are no lumps.
  • Add the confectioner’s sugar and beat until smooth.
  • Add the coconut. You’ll probably have to use your hands at this point to mix in the coconut, unless you’re using a stand mixer.
  • Roll the mixture into 1 inch balls and then roll the balls in cinnamon. Tap off excess cinnamon.
  • Place the Irish Potatoes in the refrigerator to firm up.

7 thoughts on “Happy St. Patrick’s Day! – Vegan Irish Potatoes

  1. So the Irish potato I grew up with did not have cream cheese, and I am dying to make a dairy free version for my son to try. Do you think these would still work if cream cheese was nixed and the eb butter was increased?

    • I haven’t tried making them without the cream cheese, but I think it would probably work. They might be a little bit softer that way. It’s almost like making thick icing with coconut in it, so I think that would work out for you. Let me know if you try it out!

  2. These are adorable! What a cute idea! Also just wanted to stop by and say thanks again for the Liebster award! it means a lot that you think my blog is rad! 🙂 Keep up the good work on here! Love your posts!

  3. Pingback: Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! – Vegan Irish Soda Bread | The Vegan Kat

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