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Mar 14, 2014
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St. Patrick's Day-Themed Dessert Ideas

It's party time! Get the kids geeked for all things green on St. Paddy's Day with these recipes, including mini whoopie pies and sweet shamrock pretzels.

Green is the color of the day when it comes to celebrating St. Patrick's Day! Originating in Ireland, St. Patrick's Day honors both religious and cultural traditions from that country. Start the festivities at your house by making some of these family-friendly sweets. Add green food coloring to sugar cookies to make green mini whoopie pies or make doughy, clover sweet shamrock pretzels and sprinkle them with green sugar. Tempt the little leprechauns in your house with clever "hats" made from marshmallows, cookies and green-colored white chocolate. You'll all feel lucky eating all these tasty treats!

 

Mini Whoopie Pies

Surprise your kids with these cream-filled, green sandwich cookies. Create mini whoopie pies perfect for St. Patrick's Day from Pillsbury. These cookies are easy to make using premade cookie dough and green food coloring.

 

Sweet Shamrock Pretzels

Here's a fun twist on something sugary for St. Patty's: sweet shamrock pretzels from Spoonful. Use refrigerated bread stick dough to craft a pretzel into a clover shape. Coat the pretzels with cooking spray and then dust with cinnamon and green-colored sugar.

 

Leprechaun Hat Cookies

How cute are these leprechaun hat cookies from Betty Crocker? You can put these clever cookies together with your kids. Use regular sugar cookies as the base, then top with a large marshmallow right after they come out of the oven. After, cover each cookie with green-colored melted candy coating.

 

St. Patty's Day Mud Balls

Halfway between a truffle and a dense brownie, these St. Patty's Day mud balls from Nestle Kitchens jazz up a chocolate cake mix with chocolate milk (yeah, a double dose of the good stuff). Use more chocolate milk once the cake is done and get ready to get your hands dirty – with chocolate! Form the chocolate mixture into balls and roll in St. Patrick's sprinkles.

 

St. Patrick's Shamrock Pretzel Treats

You can make dozens of St. Patrick's Day treats in minutes with this recipe for St. Patrick's shamrock pretzel treats from Catholic Cuisine. Melt Hershey kisses on mini pretzels on a baking sheet. Pull the pretzels out of the oven and top with three green M&Ms. Complete the look with a quick, green frosting stem.

 

Rainbow Cupcakes

Make a big batch of these lucky sweets by following the how-to for rainbow cupcakes from the Fickle Pickle. You're going to need food coloring for this one! Tint regular batter using rainbow colors. Bake and then slather with frosting – and top with a "rainbow" made with Xtreme Airheads strips and gold-wrapped Rolos for your pot of gold!

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