irish gems

★★★★★ 11
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By Judy Few
from Fort Worth, TX

A good use for leftover mashed potatoes. I've seen other recipes that say to use unseasoned mashed potatoes, but I just use leftovers. Been making these for 40 years. Big hit with coconut lovers.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

The mashed potatoes had us a little nervous as we were putting these together, but the end result is simply to-die-for! If you like coconut, you will LOVE these sweet gems.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 11
method No-Cook or Other

Ingredients For irish gems

  • 3/4 c
    mashed potatoes
  • 1 box
    powdered sugar, 16 oz
  • 4 c
    coconut
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp
    salt
  • 1 pkg
    chocolate chips, 6 oz
  • 1/2 oz
    paraffin

How To Make irish gems

  • 1
    Blend together mashed potatoes and sugar. Add coconut, vanilla, and salt.
  • 2
    Drop from a teaspoon onto wax paper or greased cookie sheet. Shape into peaks. Let stand uncovered 30 minutes.
  • 3
    Melt, in a saucepan over very low heat, chocolate chips and paraffin.
  • 4
    Using a teaspoon, pour chocolate mixture over peaks of candy. Cool.
  • 5
    Makes approximately 4 dozen.
  • 6
    Note: I usually add about 2 cups of chopped pecans.
  • 7
    Note: If you shape the mixture around an almond and dip the ball in the chocolate you have a mini faux Almond Joy!
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