5 St. Patrick’s Day Dessert Recipes

May Not Be Traditional, But Definitely Delicious!

Although the majority of people celebrating St. Patrick’s Day AREN’T exactly Irish, it’s still fun to pretend to be … even if just for a day! If you’re looking for new ways to have fun with the holiday (or you need a Potluck treat), here are some quick and easy dessert ideas for St. Patrick’s Day …

1. Leprechaun Hat Cookies

The kids will love getting in the kitchen to make these Leprechaun Hat Cookies from Betty Crocker.


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


  1. Heat oven to 375°F
  2. Mix together cookie mix, butter, and egg until you have a soft dough
  3. Roll out 24 1-inch balls and place them 2-inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet
  4. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes (edges will be golden brown)
  5. Place a large marshmallow on each cookie as soon as they come out of the oven
  6. Move cookies to a cooling rack and cool completely (around 15 minutes)
  7. Microwave frosting on high for 30 seconds
  8. Stir the frosting (it should be a thick spoonable glaze)
  9. Add in food colouring and stir until you have your desired colour
  10. Spoon the warm frosting over each cookie while they are on the cooling rack so excess icing can drip off
  11. Let stand for 20 minutes
  12. Roll chocolate candies into ropes and then flatten them with a rolling pin until they are about 1/8-inch thick
  13. Wrap these around the hats to create bands and then trim
  14. Cut gum drops in half and place them on the band
  15. Store in an airtight container

2. Green Velvet Cupcakes

Green Velvet Cupcakes are a fun and festive dessert that are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. To make these cupcakes, start by making your favorite red velvet cupcake recipe. But instead of using red food coloring, use green food coloring to give the cupcakes a festive St. Patrick’s Day twist.

Make them mini and you can turn them into these fun and easy cupcake shamrocks from the Food Network.

3. Guinness Chocolate Cake

This one is for the adults!

Guinness Chocolate Cake is a rich and decadent dessert that is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. To make this cake, start by making your favorite chocolate cake recipe. Once the cake has cooled, poke holes in the top and pour Guinness over the top. The Guinness adds a rich, malty flavor to the cake that pairs perfectly with the chocolate. Top wth icing and you’re all set!

4. Beer Brownies

You’ll be drinking green beer anyway right? So why not try out these chocolaty slices of gold from The Kitchy Kitchen. (The alcohol will cook off so these should be safe for the whole family.)


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 1/2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  • 8 tablespoons of butter, browned
  • 1/2 cup stout (or any dark beer) or cold coffee
  • 4 eggs, at room temp
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Mix together flour and cocoa powder
  3. Melt chocolate in a bowl over a pot of boiling water (this is called a double boiler and will help prevent the chocolate from burning)
  4. In a small pan over medium heat, melt butter until it is a golden brown colour
  5. Pour the butter into your bowl of melted chocolate then add the beer
  6. Beat your eggs and sugar together until thick and glossy (about 2 minutes)
  7. Continue to beat the egg-flour mixture on low as you add the flour mixture and wet ingredients a small bit at a time, alternating between the two
  8. Add vanilla to the mix
  9. Fold in chocolate chips
  10. Pour into a buttered 9 x 13 pan
  11. Back for 40 to 45 minutes

5. Shamrock Shake

Last but not least, you can wash everything down with this shamrock shake from Dessert Now Dinner Later.


  • 2 cups good quality vanilla bean ice cream
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 6 drops green food coloring
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • Green sugar crystals (optional)


  1. Blend ice cream, milk, peppermint extract, and food colouring until smooth
  2. Pour shake into a glass
  3. Whip heavy cream with powdered sugar until it forms stiff peaks
  4. Use a piping bag or spoon it onto your shake
  5. Top with sugar crystals

There are tons of delicious St. Patrick’s Day dessert ideas that are perfect for celebrating this festive occasion. So go ahead and enjoy!

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