Having a St. Patrick's Day celebration this year? I'm sure you have your recipes for corned beef, mashed potatoes, and cabbage all set, so now it's time to prepare for something on the sweeter side. Whether you're hosting a St. Patrick's Day party or going to one, there's no better way to end the celebration with fun St. Patrick's Day dessert recipes and of course some Irish whiskey and Guinness.
We've come up with a list of delicious St. Patrick's Day dessert recipes that are festive and exactly what you want to put on the dessert table. Do a little jig because it's your lucky day. Check out our list of dessert recipes that will surely be a hit at your St. Paddy's celebration.
1. Green Velvet Cake
Some folks like to serve red velvet cake on Valentine's Day, but I think there's some serious competition with this green velvet cake. If you're into all things green on St. Paddy's Day, try out this super easy green velvet cake recipe. Just swap out the red food dye for green in this red velvet recipe. Ice the cake with cream cheese frosting or buttercream frosting and garnish with shamrocks, green sprinkles, or even Lucky Charms.
2. Key Lime Doughnuts with Cream Cheese Frosting
If you're a fan of key lime pie and doughnuts, celebrate St. Patrick's Day with this delicious dessert recipe. Start off by making a simple doughnut batter that you'll bake in a doughnut pan instead of frying. If you don't have a doughnut pan, you can always bake in a muffin tin.
The cream cheese frosting is fresh and delicious with a hint of key lime juice. Garnish these doughnuts with key lime zest or green sprinkles and make sure to keep the Irish cream nearby.
3. St. Patrick's Day Brownie Trifle
If you want a super easy St. Patrick's Day dessert recipe, try out this brownie trifle. Layers of brownies (you can use a brownie mix or homemade), vanilla pudding, whipped cream, and mint Oreos make up this delicious St. Patrick's Day dessert that's sure to be a crowd pleaser at any celebration.
If you want to avoid using green food coloring, you can always swap out the vanilla pudding for pistachio.
4. White Chocolate Lucky Charms Cookies
Ah, Lucky Charms. A fun, sugary cereal every kid looked forward to eating a big bowl of every morning! I was one of those kids who actually enjoyed eating the marshmallows and the cereal at the same time. Occasionally I would sneak a few marshmallows, but who didn't?!
There's no doubt lucky charms can take you back to your childhood days, so why not try this cookie recipe that's fit for adults, kids and leprechauns. You'll love biting into one of these cookies that's loaded with marshmallows and white chocolate chips.
5. Frosted Lucky Charms Treats
Speaking of Lucky Charms, here's another favorite way to prepare the cereal. Perfect to bring to a school party or serve as an afternoon snack, these cereal bars go great with a glass of milk.
Make sure to let these bars cool fully to set before serving.
6. Mint Chocolate Lasagna
This layered no-bake St. Paddy's Day dessert recipe is flavored with one of the best combinations- mint chocolate. An Oreo cookie base is the first layer in this dessert followed by a minty cream cheese layer, chocolate pudding and then the remaining minty cream cheese layer. An easy recipe that no one can refuse.
7. Whiskey Dark Chocolate Truffles
This dessert recipe is for all you whiskey lovers out there! These five-ingredient dark chocolate truffles are decadent and might just be the highlight of your St. Patrick's celebration. Simply make a dark chocolate ganache with a little heavy cream, Irish whiskey, butter, and sea salt, let it chill and roll into balls.
This recipe gives you a good excuse to use any extra Irish whiskey.
8. Rainbow Cookies
Perfect for any celebration, these buttery cookies just scream St. Patty's! For an added touch, add gold sprinkles to one side of the cookie to mimic the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
The recipe features a full step-by-step guide complete with photos!
9. Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cake
Ice cream and chocolate cake for a St. Paddy's Day dessert is pretty much perfect, right? You'll love this super easy recipe that you can make ahead of time.
It's best to make this ice cream cake in a springform pan so you can easily release it. And if you don't want to use mint chocolate ice cream, pistachio ice cream would be great too.
10. Chocolate Stout Cupcakes
While you're sipping on some Guinness, save a little for these mouthwatering chocolate stout cupcakes! Rich and decadent, this is the kind of dessert you definitely want to bring to any St. Patrick's Day party. The chocolate cupcake batter and the chocolate frosting both have a little Guinness mixed in, which goes along perfectly with chocolate.
I love desserts topped with a flaky sea salt garnish! If you don't have flaky sea salt on hand, you can also garnish these with pretzels, green sprinkles or candy shamrocks.
11. Copycat Shamrock Shake
McDonald's has nothing on this Shamrock Shake! Made with vanilla ice cream, milk, peppermint extract, and decorative rainbow cookies, this ice cream shake is always lucky. Add a shot of whiskey or Bailey's for a boozy version if you dare!
12. Irish Whiskey and Baileys Cheesecake
St. Patrick's Day recipes can't go wrong when you include Bailey's Irish Cream and Irish whiskey. Add those two ingredients to cheesecake and you've definitely got a lucky winner. Don't forget to serve Irish coffee with it!
This article was originally published on March 12, 2019.