Irish Potato Candy (March)

Course : Candy
Serves: 6
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1/4 cup butter -- softened
4 ounces cream cheese softened -- * see note
1 teaspoon vanilla
16 ounces confectioners sugar
7 ounces flaked coconut
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Preparation / Directions:

In a large bowl, with an electric beater on medium speed, cream together the butter and cream cheese. Beat in the vanilla and confectioners' sugar. With a spoon, stir in the coconut. Roll the mixture between your hands to form small potato-shaped candies or roll into small balls. Place the cinnamon in a shallow dish. Roll the balls in the cinnamon, then place on a cookie sheet, cover, and chill for about 1 hour, until firm. Note: Make sure to use regular cream cheese, not a whipped or reduced-fat type. And if you prefer "dirtier" potatoes, roll the candies a second time in additional cinnamon after they've chil

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