Publication date January 4, 2024

10 St. Patrick's Day Desserts for a Sweet Ending to Your Feast

As we have just celebrated the 2024 new year, there’s another celebration around the corner too: St. Patrick's Day. This means two things: corned beef feasts and, of course, mountains of desserts that'd complete your feast of traditional Irish dishes! 

Whether you're planning a shamrock-filled fiesta or just want to add a green-tinted sprinkle of sweetness to your day, this list has got you covered like a four-leaf clover. 

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We've got classics like creamy Irish porter cake and melt-in-your-mouth bread pudding that'll have your taste buds doing a jig. And for the grown-up leprechauns in the crowd, there's delicious kiwi pie.

But this ain't your grandma's St. Patrick's Day dessert spread! We've also got playful cupcakes disguised as mini pots of gold, rainbow-bright treats that'd make a unicorn jealous, and chocolate truffles with Irish cream filling that'll have your kids bouncing off the walls (in a good way, of course!).

So forget those store-bought cookies and whip up some magic from our list of 10 St Patrick's Day treat ideas. These easy and seriously delicious desserts are guaranteed to make your St. Patrick's Day one you'll be singing about all year long!

1. St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes

St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes

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The taste of these adorable rainbow-topped cupcakes is as good as they look, so upgrade those plain old cupcakes for St. Patrick’s Day bash by adding some simple ingredients and a little effort. These rainbow cupcakes are nothing more complicated than a moist, vanilla cupcake with a rich buttercream frosting, but with some green food coloring, a rainbow candy belt, and clever piping, you can turn these into a super-festive treat.

2. Pinwheel Cookies

There's no rocket science here, you can easily master these simple pinwheel cookies with a little effort and a handful of ingredients. But, don’t forget to add a bit of green dye to the vanilla dough, as the extra green hue will complement the sprinkles!

3. St. Patrick's Day Cake

St. Patrick's Day Cake

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It would not be wrong If I say this hat-shaped rainbow cake is our pot of gold for St. Patrick’s Day. While it's true that it does take a bit of time and more effort to assemble, it's actually pretty straightforward. Once you begin assembling the layers, the tricky part is done, just don’t forget to fill your cake with Lucky Charms before putting the top layer on!

4. Ricotta Cheesecake

Ricotta Cheesecake

This creamy, fluffy, and delightfully sweet ricotta cheesecake will definitely stand out on St. Patrick's Day if made correctly, all thanks to the green pistachio garnish! To make it extra festive, you can also sprinkle the garnish in the shape of a four-leaf clover.

5. Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

An Irish Soda Bread may seem simple but it will not fail to add a touch of sweetness to your day. To make this bread, you don’t need to be a professional baker or even you don’t be Irish, by following some simple steps you can easily make this delight. The bead gets a touch of sweetness from the golden raisins and dried cranberries. To enjoy the fullest, serve it up warm with butter or jam.

6. Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread Cookies

These shortbread cookies are crisp and flavorful, while totally delicious in and of themselves, shouldn't just be eaten alone. To give it an Irish touch, add Irish butter and enjoy with a cup of Irish coffee.

7. Homemade Shamrock Shake

Homemade Shamrock Shake

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Homemade Shamrock Shake is super versatile to make so you can put any twist in this. You can make it with vanilla ice cream, mint extract, and as much whipped cream as your heart desires. For a festive flourish, you can also add a spring of mint or maraschino cherries to the top of it. 

8. Irish Soda Bread Muffins

Irish Soda Bread Muffins

Irish soda bread usually has a subtle sweetness, so to make this muffin version a little more dessert-ready, add a sprinkle of coarse sparkling sugar on top. These delights are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, especially if you’re looking to celebrate with something other than corned beef and cabbage. You can also eat them any time of day. 

9. Chocolate Truffles with Irish Cream Filling

Chocolate Truffles with a creamy Irish Cream ganache center, coated with chocolate and a toasted hazelnut in the middle are easy to make at home, especially with a fast trick you’ll love! This dish will make a fun surprise for your friends and family.

10. Kiwi Pie

 Kiwi Pie

When an occasion calls for pie, Kiwi Pie perfectly fits the season. The dish is perfect for a festive green color for St. Patrick’s Day. The base of the pie is a lime custard, which is then topped with kiwis and a heaping pile of whipped cream. You can also add toppings such as mini marshmallows into leprechaun hats and add them to the top of your pie or scatter gold coin candies on top for a fun and festive look.

Well, that's your St. Patrick's Day dessert menu sorted! My mouth is already watering just thinking about all these delicious treats! While these are just a few ideas, you can easily find the full recipes for your favorite desserts on the internet. Anyway, what's your go-to St. Paddy's Day dessert?  Let us know in the comments!

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