St Patrick's Day Dessert Recipes

Fun St Patrick's Day dessert recipes are a necessity in any recipe box. 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 they were!

That being the case, here are some of the best Irish party recipes for homemade Irish cakes, cookies, pies, candies, and beverages. Everything you need to put on an old fashioned Irish Green spread for that grand day.

Fun St Patrick's Day Dessert Recipes

Shamrock Cookie Cutter and Cut Shamrock Cookie Ready for BakingEnjoy St Patrick's Day Desserts Including Shamrock Cookies
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The recipes featured below are modernized versions of traditional Irish dessert recipes. These colorful drinks, cakes, cookies, and party treats are quick and easy to prepare using modern ingredients, and they are fun to serve.

And for other holiday occasions, you can simply substitute another food coloring for the green. For instance, these holiday desserts could be colored pink for St. Valentine's Day, orange for Halloween, or red for Christmas.

St. Patrick's Day Worldwide

Irish Shamrock

March 17th is generally the day set aside to celebrate the feast day of old Saint Patrick who by his preaching and Christian example became Ireland's beloved patron saint.

St. Patrick is especially noted for his feat of clearing the Emerald Isle of snakes. And if you doubt that he did, take note that there are no snakes in Ireland, and account for that if ye can!

Indeed, the history of St Patrick's Day and Ireland's beloved patron saint is firmly interwoven with Ireland's history and culture.

Saint Patrick's Day is now a national holiday in Ireland and a religious observance, but it's also celebrated around the world by those of Irish descent, and by non-Irish deeming themselves Irish for the day.

In Chicago, they even use vegetable-based dyes to color the Chicago River a bright green for the day. Imagine!

Chicago River Dyed Green on St Patrick's DayAn Emerald Green Chicago River on St. Patrick's Day
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And while it's not a national holiday outside Ireland, in the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the USA, there are numerous secular celebrations of the beloved Irish holiday.

Watch for St. Patrick's Day parades, the "Wearing of the Green," the eating of Irish foods — especially fun desserts, and the drinking of Irish beverages, including a frosty mug of green ale.

So, put these fun St Patrick's Day dessert recipes to use and party!

Vintage St Patrick's Day Souvenir Greeting Card circa 19121912 St Patrick's Day Souvenir Card
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May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you! —An old Irish saying

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