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Amy's Irish Potatoes

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On Monday's special Good Day PA St. Patrick's Day show, host Amy Kehm shared her family's recipe for Irish Potatoes and the story behind the recipe and the festive treat.

Amy's grandmother, Margaret Kehm, grew up in Ireland and moved to the United States, on her own at age 17. As a little girl, Amy loved listening to "Granmom" speak with her Irish brogue, or accent. Before marrying, Granmom was a cook by trade and Amy always thought that her family made Irish potatoes each March because of her. However, Irish potatoes are not actually an Irish treat.

Irish potato candies date back more than 100 years to Philadelphia, where Amy was raised. Some believe that they came to be as a commemoration of the Irish Potato famine of the 1800's and most are not actually made with potatoes. While it turned out that Amy's family's recipe has much more to do with their Philadelphia roots than their Irish roots, Amy still thought it would be fun to make the treats on Good Day PA.



  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 lb. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp. milk
  • 7 oz. coconut
  • cinnamon



  • Soften cream cheese
  • Add sugar, vanilla and milk and blend using a hand or stand mixer
  • Blend in coconut
  • Refrigerate for 1/2 hour or more to firm up mixture
  • Roll above into small balls
  • Roll balls in cinnamon


You may find Amy on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/AmyKehmPro

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