Feb 20, 2020

Sweet Dessert Recipes To Make For St. Patrick’s Day

Here’s a fun Irish saying you may not have heard before — there are only two kinds of people in this world, the Irish and those who wish they were. Luckily on March 17th, everyone is an honorary Irishman for St. Patrick’s Day and there are a ton of tasty ways to mark the occasion.  If you have a sweet tooth and are looking for an excuse to get creative in the kitchen, consider making some of these fun desserts served with an Irish twist. From cookies to cake and everything in between, there is something for everyone of any skill set to make. Here are seven recipes you can make to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.


  • Cake pops are really delicious desserts that also happen to make cute party favors. They’re not difficult to bake either, especially since the Cake Pop recipe from Two Twenty One calls for boxed cake and pre-made icing.

    There’s no right or wrong way to decorate cake pops, as long you start doing it once the candy melt is coated all over and hardened. You can roll it in green sprinkles, tie a bow around the stick or drizzle some icing to instantly modify them. Take it to the next level by using fondant and roll together some fun decor. You can make a hat, rainbow, pot of gold or anything else you think would look good on the cake pop.

  • This is one of the most popular foods eaten around St. Patrick’s Day, and for good reason. Irish soda bread was introduced to the UK in the late 1830’s after baking soda was brought in. Irish soda bread became a country staple out of necessity because few ingredients were readily available for citizens at the time. Using just wheat flour, baking soda, salt and soured milk, the Irish would make soda bread to sustain them. It was a simple recipe that even lower-class families could afford to make. 

    Since then, the bread with a dense texture and slight sourness has evolved into a seasonal classic that is still very easy to make. This Irish Soda Bread recipe from Simply Recipes uses only eight ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. The best part is it takes under an hour to make, and you don’t need to wait for the dough to rise like most breads require.

  • Gingerbread cookies are traditionally eaten around Christmas, but there’s no reason why this tasty treat should only be consumed in the winter. Gingerbread cookies are one of the easiest desserts to decorate however you want. All it takes is icing, some candy and a bit of creativity. You can cut them in the shape of gingerbread men and decorate it as a leprechaun for a St. Patrick’s Day twist. Some other fun cut outs you can do are horseshoes, rainbows, four leaf clovers and Irish flags. 

    Use this Gingerbread recipe that will make a batch of 24 cookies. Pour icing into a ziplock bag, cut a small hole in the corner and use it to pipe on some whatever designs you want.

  • If you’re a baking pro or want to challenge yourself in the kitchen, St. Patrick’s Day might be the perfect time to do it with this Mint French Macarons Recipe. It’s a French delicacy that can easily be customized to celebrate any occasion thanks to its colorful appearance. This entry-level recipe breaks macarons down into simple steps that will hopefully leave you with an airy and minty green dessert once you’re done.

  • This White Chocolate Candy Bark recipe might just be one of the easiest desserts you can make to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. It’s a no-bake treat that uses only five ingredients and takes minutes to make. To give it a fun twist for March 17th, mix in some green food coloring and sprinkles into the chocolate before it cools it in the pan. 

    You can customize this treat however your taste buds prefer — use dark chocolate, add in some extra candies to crunch or even layer different chocolate together.

  • Cake is a classic go-to whenever you’re in need of a dessert to celebrate something. It can be an intimidating thing to bake for some people, so feel free to use boxed cake if starting from scratch isn’t your thing. Once the cake is ready to be decorated, check out this Pourable Icing recipe from Bluprint. It’s a low-maintenance decorating hack to make it look like you put a lot more effort into the cake than is actually required!

    Start by icing your cake all around with a light colored base. When mixing together the ingredients for the pourable icing, add some food coloring in to give it a festive appearance. Pour it onto the cake to get a cool drip effect down the sides, instantly giving it a professional bakery look to it. You can leave the cake with just the drip icing, or keep going and add some fun decorative elements to jazz it up. 

  • It’s amazing how adding a bit of food coloring can completely transform foods into something for any holiday, like this St. Patrick’s Day Crispy Treat Recipe. It’s a one-pan treat that’s super easy to make festive with a green Irish twist.

  • You can find a ton of creative recipes online to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. There are traditional dinner ideas, drink concoctions that only the Irish could think of and hands-on recipes kids can help you with. Just make sure to keep some green food coloring handy since many of these ordinary treats require at least once drop in the recipe. May the luck of the Irish be with you!

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