7 Green-Themed Desserts to Get Those Irish Eyes Smiling
St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t have to be a holiday dedicated only to drinking. It can be celebrated by baking, too. March 17 is the one day of the year when we can get away with baking all things green, and this year, it’s high time you take advantage of it. Even if you don’t have the luck of the Irish, gather your baking supplies and get moving. You won’t find the gold at the end of the rainbow unless you flex those baking muscles and please your little leprechauns, so this Monday, choose one of these seven recipes for a green-themed dessert.
1. Mint Oreo truffles
First up, some finger food for your St. Patrick’s Day — mint Oreo truffles, to be exact. As this dessert’s name suggests, the star ingredient in this recipe is America’s favorite cookie, the Oreo. And not just any Oreo: seasonal Cool Mint Creme Oreos. Now you really have no excuse not to make this recipe, because it can only be baked this time of year. Get to your grocery store, pick up those Oreos, and get cookin’.
This recipe for mint Oreo truffles comes from Sally’s Baking Addiction. With only three ingredients, the dessert comes together in no time — and it can also disappear in no time, if you’re not careful. Blame it on the leprechauns.
- 1 (15.25-ounce) package Mint Creme Oreos
- 8 ounces (224 grams) cream cheese, softened to room temperature
- 12 ounces high-quality semisweet chocolate
- optional: sprinkles and green candy melts
Directions: Process the Oreos in a food processor or blender. Pulse until crumbs are formed. Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the Oreo crumbs with the cream cheese until combined. The mixture will be thick and sticky. You may do this step by hand, using a mixer is much easier. Using your hands, roll into 30-35 balls. Place balls on two large plates, a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, or a silicone mat-lined baking sheet. Freeze the truffles for about 30 minutes.
Coarsely chop the chocolate and melt according to package directions. Working with 1 truffle at a time, coat in chocolate. Here’s how: Drop the truffle in the middle of the melted chocolate. Swirl the chocolate all around it with a fork. Pick up the truffle with a fork — do not pierce it, simply pick it up on top of the fork’s prongs. Tap the fork on the edge of the bowl to allow the excess chocolate to drip off. Place on a lined baking sheet. Top with sprinkles while the chocolate is still wet or drizzle with melted green candy melts, if using.
Refrigerate truffles for at least 10 minutes so the chocolate sets. Truffles must always be chilled and will stay fresh for up to five days in the refrigerator.
2. Creamy lime squares
Green desserts don’t always have to mean minty desserts — they can translate into lime desserts, too! If you’re looking for a refreshing St. Patrick’s Day treat this holiday weekend, check out Eat Live Run’s recipe for creamy lime squares, a spin on traditional lemon bars. This dessert is colorful, sweet, and fun, and its fresh lime flavor will have you ready to usher in spring in no time.
- 1 cup flour
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 stick unsalted butter, cold
Creamy lime filling
- 2/3 cup fresh lime juice (from about 6 limes)
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1/4 cup flour
- 4 eggs
- 2 teaspoons lime zest
- green food coloring (enough to produce desired green color)
- powdered sugar for serving
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. To make the crust, combine the confectioners’ sugar, flour, and sea salt in a large bowl. Cut in the cold butter and work with your fingers until the mixture resembles cornmeal. Press into a greased 9-inch pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden.
To make the filling, whisk together the granulated sugar and flour in a bowl. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking well after each addition. Add the zest, lime juice, and enough green food coloring to produce desired green color (but not enough to make your filling neon — watch out!) and mix until everything is smooth and combined.
Pour filling over hot crust and return to oven to bake for another 20 minutes. When done, the filling will no longer jiggle. Let cool completely in the pan before slicing and dusting with powdered sugar.
3. Mint chocolate chip brownies
Back on our mint game, we come to Betty Crocker’s mint chocolate chip brownies, a dessert that is destined to impress. The combination of the rich brownie layer with the refreshing mint frosting is enough to convert any Italian, English, or German descendant, and by the end of this dessert, especially with your mint-flavored chocolate chips, you’ll have your guests saying, “Slainte!”
- 1 box (1 pound, 2.4 ounces) brownie mix
- water, vegetable oil, and egg called for on brownie mix box
- 2/3 cup chopped pecans
- 1 cup (6 ounces) mint-flavored chocolate chips
- 1 cup vanilla frosting (from 16-ounce container)
- 1/4 teaspoon mint extract
- 1 drop green food color, if desired
Shiny chocolate glaze
- reserved mint-flavored chocolate chips
- 4 teaspoons butter or margarine
- 4 teaspoons corn syrup
- 1 to 2 teaspoons hot water
Directions: Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (325 degrees Fahrenheit for dark or nonstick pan). Grease bottom only of 9-inch square pan. Make brownie batter as directed on box — except, stir in pecans and 2/3 cup of the chocolate chips (reserve remaining chocolate chips for glaze). Spread batter in pan.
Bake 36 to 41 minutes or until toothpick inserted 2 inches from side of pan comes out almost clean. Cool completely, about 1.5 hours. In small bowl, stir all frosting ingredients, using spoon until well blended. Spread frosting over brownies. In 1-quart saucepan, heat glaze ingredients over low heat, stirring occasionally, until melted. Stir in hot water, a few drops at a time, until mixture is thin enough to drizzle. Drizzle over frosted brownies. Refrigerate about 30 minutes or until glaze is firm. For brownies, cut into 6 rows by 5 rows.
4. Shamrock shake
Another thing you can do for a special St. Patrick’s Day treat is recreate McDonald’s famous Shamrock Shakes. These drinkable desserts are not hard to perfect, and now you don’t have to shell out the cash to Mickey D’s to get a milkshake you can easily make yourself. Brown Eyed Baker explains how. As long as you have a blender, your favorite ice cream, some mint extract, and green food coloring, you’re good to go. Ronald McDonald has nothing on you.
- 3 cups of your favorite vanilla ice cream
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk
- 1/2 teaspoon mint extract
- green food coloring (enough to get the shade of green you want)
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth and blended. Divide between two glasses, top with whipped cream, and enjoy.
5. Rice Krispies Treats with Lucky Charms marshmallows
This St. Patrick’s Day, you also can go back to an old faithful in Rice Krisipies Treats and Irish-ize it. Pulling two themes into one, check out this recipe from Classy Clutter for Rice Krispies Treats with Lucky Charms marshmallows. No one can turn down the baked, buttery goodness of Rice Krispies Treats, and when dyed green and studded with Lucky Charms found at the end of the rainbow, your taste testers really don’t stand a chance. These treats are the perfect way to round out on a meal on March 17 — they can also be sweets easily snuck into your kid’s lunchbox on that special day. Take our advice and just say the leprechauns did it.
- 1/4 cup butter
- 4 cups soft marshmallows
- 5 cups Rice Krispies cereal
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- green food coloring (optional)
- approximately 3/4 cup of Lucky Charms marshmallows
Directions: Melt butter over low heat until completely melted. Gradually add marshmallows and stir often to avoid burning them. When marshmallow-butter mixture is completely melted, add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla and green food coloring; mix well. Remove from heat and stir in Rice Krispies cereal. Once mixture is mostly combined, stir in Lucky Charms marshmallows. Set and let cool.
6. Wearing O’ Green cake
We’ll wrap up this recipe roundup with two cake recipes — both easy, both delicious. Starting first with the Wearing O’ Green cake via Taste of Home, we’re giving you the opportunity to warm up your baking muscles by taking a cake mix shortcut but also compensating for it with the addition of a few fun ingredients. Say hello to green jello. This perfectly spirited cake takes three desserts — cake, jello, and pudding — and combines them into one, leaving you with a dessert bursting with a variety of different tastes and textures. One bite of this cake and you’ll forget all about that gold at the end of the rainbow.
- 1 package white cake mix
- 2 packages (3 ounces each) lime gelatin
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 1 cup cold milk
- 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
- 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
- green sprinkles
Directions: Prepare and bake cake according to package directions, using a greased 13-inch-by-9-inch baking dish. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. In a small bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water; stir in cold water and set aside.
With a meat fork or wooden skewer, poke holes about 2 inches apart into cooled cake. Slowly pour gelatin over cake. Cover and refrigerate. In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes (mixture will be thick). Fold in whipped topping. Spread over cake. Decorate with sprinkles. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Yield: 12 to 15 servings.
7. Grasshopper bundt cake
Last but not least is the tried-and-true bundt cake. Always customizable, always delightful. This grasshopper bundt cake recipe from Mix and Match Momma provides the perfect way to sugar up your family on St. Patrick’s night, and the best part is, it comes together in minutes. Thanks to pre-made pudding, cake mix, and frosting, the only thing you have to worry about picking up for this recipe is the mint extract. Once you do that, prepare yourself to enter into a creme de menthe-like heaven. The minty flavor won’t be in season for long, so get it while it’s hot (or cold). Do yourself a favor this Monday: Whether or not you’re indulging in some Irish brews, make sure you’re indulging in some desserts. Cheers!
- 1 box of chocolate cake mix
- 2 small boxes of instant chocolate pudding
- 1/2 cup of veggie oil
- 1 1/4 cups water
- 4 eggs
- 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
- 1 can vanilla frosting
- green food coloring
- Mint M&Ms or Andes Mints
- green sprinkles
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 10-inch bundt pan or 12 mini bundt pans. In mixing bowl, combine cake mix, puddings, oil, water, and eggs with an electric mixer. Mix in peppermint extract. Pour into prepared bundt pan.
Bake 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean for a large bundt cake or 16 to 18 minutes for mini cakes. Let cake rest on counter in pan for 10 minutes. Then, invert cake onto serving plate to finish cooling.
Add a few drops of green food coloring to your vanilla frosting (you could even add another teaspoon of extract if you really wanted your cake minty). Frost your cake(s) with your green frosting and garnish with Mint M&Ms and green sprinkles.