Delicious St. Patrick's Day Desserts

Stout Gingerbread with Lemony Hard Sauce
Satisfy your sweet tooth with festive St. Patrick's Day desserts, including cute shamrock cookies, Irish creme cheesecake, and colorful rainbow cupcakes. Whether green, minty, or infused with lime, each of these St. Patrick's Day food ideas guarantees a lucky day.

Lucky You!

With rainbows, shamrocks, and plenty of minty recipes to choose from, the luck is yours when you top off your holiday with one of these adorable St. Patrick's Day desserts.


Pot of Gold Rainbow Cake

This stunning surprise-inside cake only looks complicated. Fill your pot of gold with colorful candies and (sham)rock St. Paddy's Day! 

Shamrock Cookies

Our adorable slice-and-bake St. Patrick's Day desserts are a snap to make. Be sure to chill the dough for at least 2 hours first. For playful shamrock-syle edging, roll the dough logs in green colored sugar.


Hidden Clover Cupcakes

There's a surprise inside these sweet treats! Slice into each chocolaty cupcake and reveal a lucky charm. 

Pistachio Bars

These gorgeous bars might be our new favorite St. Patrick's Day dessert. They start with a cocoa-infused graham cracker and pistachio crust, finish with buttery ganache on top, and feature a creamy layer of pistachio flavor in the middle.


Key Lime Pie

Try to resist a slice of this St. Patrick's Day dessert. The combo of salty pretzel crust and tangy lime filling is sure to put a jig in your step.


End-of-the-Rainbow Cupcakes

Who knew a basic cupcake recipe could look this brilliant? Dazzle your guests with a colorful St. Patrick's Day snack -- made with ingredients you probably already have on your shelf.


Chocolate Mojito Cupcakes

Whipped green frosting makes them St. Patrick's Day; a splash of rum and fresh mint makes them mojito. This twist on a classic chocolate cupcake recipe will be the first to disappear from the St. Patrick's Day dessert table.


Mint Greek Frozen Yogurt

This clever St. Patrick's Day food idea will bring some chill to your holiday. Creamy frozen yogurt laced with mint is so easy to make. Whisk together all ingredients then freeze.


Coffee and Cookie Brownies

Embrace the holiday spirit, and pair these rich St. Patrick's Day desserts with a shot of Irish whiskey. The coffee-infused brownies require six ingredients, including store-bought cookie dough and brownie mix. In other words, they're a snap to make.


Ginger-and-Mint Lime Floats

Zippy floats infused with homemade ginger syrup are a tasty and tangy St. Patrick's Day idea. Lime sorbet and fresh mint lend a holiday-approved green hue to these sweet treats.


Key Lime Pie Tassies


Cool citrus filling and a buttery base combine for a bite-size treat worth sharing this St. Patrick's Day. A bright, zesty filling adds irresistible flavor to these bite-size tassies; a few drops of green food coloring give the filling its St. Patrick's Day hue. Top each of the Key lime treats with a dollop of whipped cream.


Lime Lights

Gourmet Irish cookies in less than an hour? Now that's a brilliant St. Patrick's Day food idea. These crispy cookies feature chopped macadamia nuts in the batter and a smooth lime and cream cheese frosting.


Jelly Bean Shamrock Cake

Arrange jelly beans on your favorite cake recipe for a St. Patrick's Day dessert that's easy and impressive. This shamrock cake is perfect for an Irish-inspired St. Patrick's Day party. 

Creme de Menthe Brownies

How would a leprechaun serve a brownie? With a minty twist, of course! Add these fudgy treats to your bank of great St. Patrick's Day food ideas.

Spearmint Whoopie Pies with White Chocolate Mascarpone

This cookie might top all other St. Patrick's Day desserts. Rich white chocolate mascarpone fills the fluffy whoopie pies. Crushed spearmint candies add crunch and an extra touch of holiday color.


Black-and-White Irish Cream Cupcakes


Irish cream ganache and crunchy chopped coffee beans top this rich St. Patrick's Day dessert. And have no fear: That frosting design is made with a simple toothpick.


Creme de Menthe Brownie Bites


If you need the perfect St. Patrick's Day desserts, look no further than these booze-infused brownies. Whip some creme de menthe -- a mint-flavor liqueur -- into your batter and frosting for darling brownie bites that crumble with cool minty flavor.


Chocolate-Mint Thins

Half mint, half chocolate, one perfect St. Patrick's Day food idea. We enhanced these Girl Scout cookie-inspired goodies with a drizzle of melted chocolate for an extra-special touch.

Chocolate Irish Cream Cheesecake


Irish liqueur gives creamy chocolate cheesecake a Dublin-approved spin. Make it the night before -- this St. Patrick's Day dessert needs time to chill before serving.


Shamrock Shake Cupcakes

Swirls of white chocolate frosting top these moist, mint -flavored St. Patrick's Day desserts. Wrap them with a green cupcake liner to make one of our favorite green desserts. 


Spearmint Dips

Nothing says festive like our adorable spearmint dips. A little food coloring and simple mint extract will help you bake a batch of these double-sided cookies. Dunk 'em in white chocolate then sprinkle with green jimmies.

Creme de Menthe Cookies-and-Cream Tassies


If you need St. Patrick's Day desserts in a pinch, reach for these no-bake tassies. Store-bought phyllo shells and a 20-minute prep time make them a fabulous stress-free treat. The cute, store-bought-cookie topper just makes them more cute and delicious.


Mint Chocolate Cookies

Dig out that box of plain sugar cookie mix hiding in your pantry and give it an Irish makeover. Mint-flavor chocolates and emerald-green candy toppers add charming St. Patrick's Day appeal.

Grasshopper Cupcakes

If you haven't guessed, we love chocolate and mint together. Here, minty frosting and a chocolate kiss sit atop a chocolate cupcake in our scrumptious St. Patrick's Day dessert.

Lemon-Pistachio Checkerboards

This stylish St. Patrick's Day food idea is easier than you think: Simply alternate rolls of lemon and pistachio cookie dough for the checkerboard look.

Green Tea Ice Cream

You'll surely be the only one toting this clever St. Patrick's Day food idea to the party. Turn natural green tea into chilly scoops of ice cream, then garnish each bowlful with cream-filled wafer cookies.



White Chocolate and Creme de Menthe Shortbread

A frosty splash of creme de menthe livens up these dreamy white chocolate treats. Take the shortbread cookies over the edge by stirring a spoonful of mint extract into the glaze.

Pecan-Crusted Mojito Bars


Freshen up your St. Patrick's Day desserts by adding lime-zested mojito bars to the mix. A sprinkling of powdered sugar adds subtle sweetness to the tart treats, while green garnishes give them true Irish flair.


Cornmeal-and-Lime Butter Cookies


A hint of green and a dash of good luck top off these melt-in-your-mouth citrus butter cookies. At only 64 calories a pop, they're a St. Patrick's Day dessert worth celebrating.



Key Lime Cheesecake Bars

There's no better way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day than with a dessert that's naturally green, like these Key Lime Cheesecake Bars. The best part? They have only 150 calories per serving -- great for an office party.

Irish Creme Delights

Like snickerdoodles, these St. Patrick's Day desserts are rolled in cinnamon-sugar just before baking. The difference is a peppy splash of coffee liqueur added to the batter. Top off your cookies with our luscious Irish Creme Frosting.

Lime and Ginger Chewies

Fresh ginger and lime make these cookies an unforgettable St. Patrick's Day food idea. And you can thank fresh lime zest for that holiday-perfect hint of green.

Bread & Butter Pudding with Salted Caramel Whiskey Butter Sauce

This Irish bread pudding is one of our favorite St. Patty's Day desserts. If you have any of the Irish whiskey sauce left, pour it over ice cream! 

Stout Gingerbread with Lemony Hard Sauce

It doesn't get more festive than this St. Patrick's Day cake! A citrusy sauce takes this Guinness cake over the top. 

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