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favor-“ette”: sweet “potatoes”

Well I know the month is only half over but I’m going to say that these are officially my favorite “favor-ette” of March!


I mean, just look at them!

I saw these in Martha Stewart last year and filed them away for this St. Patrick’s Day. I was convinced, however, that they would never make it to the blog. There was no way that they would come out looking even remotely like the picture in the magazine.

Turns out they were super easy to make. And the fact that potatoes are shapeless and blob-like means that you cannot mess these up (take THAT, cake pops!).

sweet "potatoes"

And guess what? They’re delicious too! Fluffy and sweet, I found them strangely addictive.

So go  – get your St. Patty’s Day on!

sweet "potatoes"

Sweet “Potatoes”
adapted from Martha Stewart

4 T. unsalted butter, softened
4 T. cream cheese, softened
1 t. vanilla
¼ t. salt
1 lb. confectioner’s sugar
2 c. walnuts, toasted, cooled and finely chopped

Beat butter, cream cheese, vanilla and salt till light and fluffy. Add the sugar and walnuts* and beat until smooth. Chill for 1 hour (or overnight).

Using a tablespoon, scoop out dough and roll into a ball between your hands. Shape into “potatoes” (recipe makes about 40). Roll in cinnamon, using a pastry brush to brush off the excess. Add walnut pieces for “eyes” if desired.

Chill for 30 minutes; serve cold.

* if you’re making “eyes”, reserve 2-3 tablespoons of walnuts; chop very finely.

(print this recipe)

This delicious recipe brought to you by Sheri Silver


  1. Christa the BabbyMama on March 13, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Uh oh, I’m not being allowed to comment!

    • Christa the BabbyMama on March 13, 2013 at 10:43 am

      And now I am – what I said was that I totally thought those were real at first!

      • sherisilver on March 13, 2013 at 12:27 pm

        Then it worked! 🙂

  2. Susan H on March 13, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    They do look real! Since you are using a tablespoon I am assuming they are small, right? Just trying to get the size right in my head. Are they bite size?
    I love your photos. The brown bag and the burlap really add to the picture. You out did Martha!

  3. Peg on March 13, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    I’m in big trouble…just happen to have all of these ingredients on hand.
    “Sweet potatoes” are good for me, though. Right?

    • sherisilver on March 13, 2013 at 6:40 pm

      Absolutely! 🙂