7 St. Patrick’s Day Dessert Recipes

posted on March 15, 2014 at 11:44 am

St. Patrick’s Day is nearly upon us – which means it’s time for all things green! While it’s traditionally a holiday of beer, beer, and beer, as a mom, you probably don’t have time to go out on a bar crawl. How can you compensate? With dessert! Certainly you’ve had your fill of Shamrock Shakes by now, so it’s time to satisfy your sweet cravings with a different type of treat. Try out these easy and delicious St. Patrick’s Day dessert recipes for you and your family!


1. Creme de Menthe Brownie Bites

St. Patrick's Day Dessert Recipes

1/2 cup butter
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon creme de menthe (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 recipe Creme de Menthe Topping
Green edible glitter (optional)

Enjoy this minty snack as a quick bite-size after dinner treat. Melt the butter and chocolate and allow to cool, then add in the sugar, eggs, creme de menthe, and vanilla. In a small bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, and salt, and then combine it with the chocolate mixture. Spread out on a baking pan and put in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut into one inch squares and then decorate with the green icing (try to make a shamrock on top of each one).


2. Leprechaun Hat Cookies

St. Patrick's Day Dessert Recipes

1 pouch Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 egg
1 container (1 lb) Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting
1/4 teaspoon Betty Crocker® green gel food color
24 large marshmallows
24 small (1-inch) chewy chocolate candies
12 small green gumdrops

Your kids will love these super cute hats! Combine the cookie mix, butter, and egg until it becomes a soft dough, then roll into balls. Place them two inches apart and bake 10 to 12 minutes until they’re golden brown. Place a marshmallow into each cookie while it’s still hot. Microwave frosting until it’s a glaze, stir in food coloring, and then cover each cookie with it. Roll the chocolate candies into ropes and form into hat bands and then put half a gumdrop on top.


3. Chocolate Grasshopper Cheesecake

St. Patrick's Day Dessert Recipes

30 fudge mint cookies, crushed (about 1 3/4 cups)
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
4 oz semisweet baking chocolate
3 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
4 eggs
1/3 cup green crème de menthe liqueur
Sweetened whipped cream
Crème de menthe thin rectangular candies for garnish, unwrapped, cut in half diagonally

Who doesn’t love a little cheesecake? The fact that it’s green only makes it more divine. Start by mixing the crust ingredients in a large bowl and then press down on the bottom of the pan. Bake for 12 minutes. In the meantime, heat the chocolate until melted and set aside. Mix together the cream cheese, sugar, eggs, and liqueur in a large bowl. Pour it evenly over the crust, and then add in some spoonfuls of melted chocolate. Swirl for added effect. Bake for an hour and 10 minutes and refrigerate until ready to serve.


4. Clover Cupcakes

St. Patrick's Day Dessert Recipe

Cupcake batter
Cupcake tins and liners
Aluminum foil
White frosting
Green food coloring
Green licorice (we used Twizzlers Rainbow Twists sold in a pack with other colors)

These green clover cupcakes are possibly the most festive St. Patrick’s Day dessert you could possibly make! Simply fill some muffin cups with batter, then roll three balls of foil and insert them evenly around the perimeter between the liner and the tin. This creates the shamrock shape! Bake, let cool, and remove from tin. Cover with green frosting, use a toothpick to draw leaf veins, and add a piece of licorice for a stem.


5. Clever Clover Pretzels

St. Patrick's Day Dessert Recipes

waxed paper
3 yogurt covered mini pretzels
1/4 teaspoon vegetable oil
1/4 cup white chocolate chips
green icing
decorating sugar

Put these out for a nice after dinner snack that the kids can munch on without overdosing too much. Simply put three pretzels and a pretzel section together to form a shamrock. Combine the oil with the chocolate chips and melt in the microwave. Use it to help hold together the pretzels. Cover the edges in green icing, and then sprinkle it with icing for an added touch.


6. Cookie Bites

St. Patrick's Day Dessert Recipes

1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 egg
1 teaspoon green food color
3 teaspoons peppermint or mint extract
1 container (12 oz) Betty Crocker® Whipped whipped cream frosting
1 bag (12 oz) dark chocolate chips (2 cups)
1/4 cup candy sprinkles

This double-dose of cookies is absolutely delectable. Start by mixing together the cookie mix, butter, egg, food coloring, and peppermint extract until it becomes dough. Put on a cookie sheet and bake for eight to 11 minutes. Mix frosting and peppermint extract. Spread the frosting on half of the cookies. Put the other cookies on top to form a sandwich. Melt chocolate in the microwave and then dip each sandwich halfway into the chocolate. Top everything off with decorative sprinkles.


7. Green Ombre Cake

St. Patrick's Day Dessert Recipes

1 package (2-layer size) white cake mix
2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
McCormick® Green Food Color
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
1 package (16 ounces) confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons milk

This is the ultimate St. Patrick’s Day dessert recipe. Prepare the cake by mixing package with eggs and vanilla. Separate into three bowls and make each bowl a different shade of green. Pour each bowl into a cake pan and bake. To make the frosting, beat the butter and vanilla, adding in the sugar and milk. Add some green food coloring for even more festiveness. Frost cakes together into one and enjoy!

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