15 Stellar St. Patrick's Day Desserts
Instead of searching for an elusive pot of gold this St. Patrick's Day, treat yourself to a goldmine of delicious holiday-themed treats. Complete your St. Patrick's Day feast by whipping up a number of festive desserts featuring traditional Irish flavors and even some splashes of green. Whether you're new to the holiday's celebrations or simply enjoy something sweet, go for green with any of these delectable desserts.
Ideal for the passionate baker, the Pistachio Cannoli Cake pictured here uses nuts and ricotta to create a decadent mix of flavors. The cake gets its green hue from the nuts baked into its moist layers and those placed on the outside. A mouthwatering cannoli style filling with ricotta, chopped chocolate, and candied orange zest sits between the layers, making this cake a true showstopper. If you're looking for a lighter flavor profile that still makes good use of this nut, the Pistachio Layer Cake and Pistachio Spritz Pinwheels cookies are simple and delicious choices.
For more traditional fare, include some of Ireland's signature flavors. Irish coffee-inspired cupcakes made with espresso and spiked whipped-cream frosting are a fun choice. In a nod to the country's popular stout, serve our tasty Chocolate-Stout Cupcakes. For something a bit more authentic, you can't go wrong with Celtic Knot Cookies or Sticky Toffee Pudding with Toffee Sauce; both are decadent nods to Irish culture. Another fun and sweet option is the End-of-the-Rainbow Cookies, touting a pot of gold constructed from mini peanut butter cups and edible gold stars.
From the traditional to the newfound favorites, find a St. Patrick's Day dessert for every type of celebration ahead.
Pistachio Layer Cake
Pistachio pastry cream is sandwiched between layers of vanilla cake, and the whole thing is frosted with light green buttercream. Royal icing is used to create the decorative circles on top.
Chewy Irish-Coffee Blondies
Irish Potato Candy
Take a closer look at these "potatoes." They're actually candy confections made with butter, cream cheese, vanilla, powdered sugar, and walnuts. Rolling them in cinnamon and adding walnut "eyes" give them the appearance of bona fide spuds.
Sticky Toffee Pudding with Toffee Sauce
A rich, moist date cake is teamed with an equally luxe caramel sauce in this crowd-pleasing dessert. It makes the perfect sweet ending for an elegant St. Patrick's Day brunch.
Irish Coffee Cupcakes
Irish coffee-inspired flavors set these cupcakes apart—espresso goes into the batter, and the whipped-cream frosting is spiked with Irish whiskey.
Green Tea Crepe Cake
Light-as-a-feather crepes—24 to be exact—are layered with matcha pastry cream and sprinkled with more of the green tea powder in this impressive cake.
Chocolate Mint Macarons
Why not borrow something from the French to celebrate the Irish? These pale-green mint macarons with dark chocolate filling make a sophisticated St. Patrick's Day dessert.
Pistachio Spritz Pinwheels
A touch of almond extract brings out the buttery flavor of pistachios in these pressed cookies, while a couple drops of food coloring amp up the green hue.
Vegan Avocado Ice Cream
No food coloring is used in this tasty dessert perfect for St. Patrick's Day. Avocados tint this creamy coconut milk-based ice cream the most luscious shade of green.
Green sanding sugar and our easy stencil are all you need to transform sugar cookies into kid-approved lucky charms.
Irish Stout Cupcakes
Enjoy the classic dark malty Irish brew in the form of a cupcake this St. Patrick's Day. Featuring mint white chocolate ganache, green sprinkles, and a rich taste, these treats are a crowd-pleasing dessert option.
Ensure you find the pot of gold every time with these cheerful St. Patrick's Day cookies
A bottle of stout adds complexity to the batter for these decadent chocolate cupcakes. They're finished with cream cheese frosting, gold chocolate "shamrocks," and sugared lime zest "stems" for the ultimate end to a St. Patrick's Day celebration.