St Patrick's Day dessert recipes are almost a necessity. Why? Well, it has been said that on St. Patrick's Day there are only two kinds of people in the world — those who are Irish and those who wish that they were.
That being the case, below you'll find some of the best holiday recipes for Irish-green cakes, cookies, pies, candies, and beverages. Everything you need to put on a spread for that special day.
March 17th is generally the day set aside to celebrate the feast day of
old Saint Patrick who by his preaching and good example became Ireland's
beloved patron saint, and is especially noted for his feat of clearing
the Emerald Isle of snakes.
If you doubt that he did the latter, take note that there are no snakes in Ireland, and account for that if ye can! Indeed, St Patrick's Day History and Ireland's beloved patron saint are firmly interwoven with Ireland's history and culture.
St. Patrick's day is now a national holiday in Ireland and a religious observance, but it is celebrated around the world by those of Irish descent, and by non-Irish deeming themselves Irish for the day.
And while it's not a national holiday elsewhere, in the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the USA, there are numerous secular celebrations of the holiday consisting of St. Patrick's Day parades, "the wearing of the green," eating Irish foods (especially desserts), and the drinking of Irish beverages, including green ale.
In Chicago, they even use vegetable-based dyes to dye the Chicago River a bright green for the day. Imagine!
The recipes presented on these pages are modernized versions of traditional Irish desserts. However, these drinks, cakes, cookies, and party treats are easy to make using modern ingredients and fun to serve.
And for other holiday occasions, you can simply substitute another food dye color for the green. For instance, these holiday desserts could be colored pink for St. Valentine's Day, orange for Halloween, or red for Christmas.