Monday, March 4, 2013

Cookie lovers, this spud's for you!

OK, I realize these are a little weird, BUT...
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...sometimes weird is good, right?  I saw this cookie idea in an issue of Martha Stewart Living (last year? two years ago?), and just could not get it out of my head.  POTATO COOKIES!!!  How fun are these for St. Patrick's Day?

Also, I think they'd be a really fun food for April Fool's Day.

Never fear, no potatoes were harmed in the making of these cookies.  They're a no-bake cookie made with butter, cream cheese, and nuts.  Martha used walnuts, but I'm a Texas girl and went straight for the pecans.
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The "potatoes" get their color from a dusting of cinnamon and their "eyes" from slivered almonds.
They taste like a pecan sandy...only not crispy.


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Irish "Potato" Cookies
{makes about 20; adapted from Martha Stewart Living}

2 cups pecans
4 TBSP salted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup cream cheese, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 lb. powdered sugar
cinnamon
slivered almonds

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Heat oven to 350.  Spread the pecans on a baking sheet and bake for 4-6 minutes, until fragrant and toasted.  Remove from the baking sheet and let cool.  Once cool, finely chop.

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Beat the butter, cream cheese, vanilla, and salt until light and fluffy.

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Mix in the sugar and pecans until combined and a dough forms.

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Place in the refrigerator for about 1 hour.

Place the cinnamon in a shallow bowl.  Use a 2 tablespoon scoop, and form the dough into small potato shapes.  Roll in the cinnamon, using a pastry brush to brush off the excess.

Break the slivered almonds into small pieces, and press into the cookies to make the eyes.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

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You say, "potato"...I say, "COOKIE!"



22 comments:

  1. These look so incredibly good and so adorable too!! Love the pictures!

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  2. Haha! Very cute Bridget! I also made these, two years ago:) So fun! Martha is full of great ideas!

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  3. These sound so unique and delicious! I love all the pecans that are involved.

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  4. Too funny, Bridget! I love these for St. Patty's Day!

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  5. What a super-fun cookies, wonderful idea bridget!

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  6. Definitely not like any other cookie I've made, but I can't wait to try them!

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  7. Well aren't you just too cute & clever! What a fun idea! You had me fooled!

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  8. Aren't these the cutest little potatoes --- err... cookies! :) Love these!

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  10. Cuuuuuuute! Wonder how long it would take my picky eating (but cookie loving) son to figure these out?

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  11. WOW! I love this idea! I love potatoes in just about anything, so I don't see why not! :)

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  12. Adorable! I don't know if you're familiar with See's Candies -- around St. Patrick's Day they sell candy in the shape and size of potatoes. Look similar to yours only bigger. I haven't had one in years, my mother used to buy them for us. I think the insides were marshmallow? Anyway these are so cute. Thanks for the recipe and idea, Bridget and Martha!

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  13. Awww, these are absolutely adorable!

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  14. Did you say pecan sandy??? I am sold. :) What a fun idea!

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  15. I love these, no matter how weird! From one Irish lassie to another!

    bakeletteblog.blogspot.com

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  16. Seriously I want to play with you one day and little your creativity rub off on me, these are just brilliant!! xoxo

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  17. oh my heck........of course you had to make these!! so fun!

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  18. These are adorable! I have made (and enjoyed and bought and loved) Irish Potatoes! My version uses Coconut Flakes, but this would be a great alternative for those people who do not like coconut!
    http://www.teacher-chef.com/2012/03/15/irish-potatoes/

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  19. Just made these for the fam on St. Patty's day. Everyone loved them, especially the sweet tooth folks. Thanks for the recipe :)

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