No, you don’t have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. In fact, I’d guess that most of the people that “celebrate” the holiday don’t even know the history of the day.
Nevertheless, it is a national holiday and, therefore, many of us find ways to at least acknowledge the day, right? Some more kid-friendly than others.
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And that would be us. With a handful of kids still at home, we enjoy finding ways to make things more fun for our kids. Food is an easy choice for this particular celebration.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year with a few of these family-friendly, tasty, and, of course,
green St. Patrick’s Day Treats.
Shamrock Mint Shake
There’s more than one way to enjoy ice cream, and a shake is one of our favorites! Not only is this mint shake tasty year-round, but it’s also a great addition to your St. Paddy’s Day celebration!
Start with 2 cups of vanilla ice cream and 1/4 teaspoon of mint extract (adjust amount based on your taste). Optionally, if you want the shake to be green, add green food coloring to your desired tinting. Blend all the ingredients and top with a dollop of whipped cream. Caramel drizzle, green sprinkles, and other garnishes completely optional, but encouraged.
Mini Mint Ice Cream Tarts
Want to try another way to enjoy ice cream for St Patrick’s Day? This recipe takes a bit more time, but is another delectable option.
Roll the dough into small balls (a little bit smaller than a golf ball), then push them into the bottom of a mini muffin pan.
Bake the cookies according to package/recipe instructions, then press the center of the cooked cookie down right after you take them out of the oven.
Let them cool off for about 10 minutes, then transfer them onto a baking rack to finish cooling completely. Drop a scoop of mint ice cream into each mini tart shell and serve immediately.
We’ve also made them with a Rice Krispie bowl!
This delicious ale is incredibly easy to make and only takes three ingredients! It’s been a family favorite since I was a little girl.
Simply place a scoop or two of lime sherbet into a glass, then pour ginger ale and Sprite/7Up over it, then watch as it fizzes.
Want to REALLY make this drink “cool?” Add a bit of dry ice to it and watch the kids’ reaction!
Lucky Clover Cake
This cake takes a bit more work and preparation, but definitely worth it in the end.
First, prepare a 9 x 13 inch cake using your own made-from-scratch recipe or simply follow instructions found the side of a boxed cake mix. (We like white cake, but it’s really up to your own tastes.)
Grab a can of white frosting (or make your own) and add a few drops of green food coloring (we found gel coloring often works best for frosting) to it to tint the frosting green.
Once the cake is baked and has completely cooled, cut three equal heart-shaped pieces out of it. To make each heart even, you can use a cardboard template as you cut.
Arrange each piece on a large plate or cake board with the pointy ends of the hearts pointing towards each other. As you layout each piece, you will begin to see the clover leaf form.
Frost the entire cake with the green frosting and decorate as you wish before serving.
St. Patrick’s Day Parfait
Who doesn’t like a layered parfait?
To get started, make a pack of instant pistachio pudding according to package directions. (If you don’t want to use pistachio, you can also use vanilla and tint it green with food coloring.)
Then, mix a couple of drops of food coloring into a bowl of Cool Whip to also tint it green.
Next, slice some kiwi fruit to layer the chilled pudding, along with the green Cool Whip, into a parfait cup for a completely green, top-to-bottom, St. Patty’s Day dessert.
St. Patrick’s Day Cookies
Of course, there’s always time to revert back to the most classic dessert when it comes to holiday baking: sugar cookies!
Purchase, or make your own, simple sugar cookie dough. Once the dough is ready, roll it out and let the kids cut shamrock shaped cookies with a cookie cutter, then bake.
While they are cooling, use food coloring to tint white (or vanilla) frosting green. (You could also use a basic powdered sugar and milk glaze.)
Once the cookies and frosting are both ready, give the kids the task of decorating the cookies with the green frosting and, of course, plenty of sprinkles.
Seeing green yet?
Give a few of these deliciously sweet St. Patrick’s Day treats a try this year with your kids.
- 2 cups of vanilla ice cream
- 1/4 teaspoon of mint extract
- green food coloring (optional)
- whipped cream (optional)
- Caramel drizzle (optional)
- green sprinkles (optional)
- Add 2 cups of vanilla ice cream and 1/4 teaspoon of mint extract to blender
- If you want the shake to be green, add a few drops of green food coloring.
- Blend all ingredients to desired consistency.
- Pour into a serving glass and top with additional toppings, such as whipped cream, caramel drizzle, chocolate syrup, or other garnishes.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 676Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 121mgSodium: 352mgCarbohydrates: 90gFiber: 2gSugar: 83gProtein: 10g