6 Traditional Irish Desserts You'll Love

Keep your pot of gold. We want one of these desserts (apricot almond scones?!) at the end of our rainbow.

Lemon-Thyme Rhubarb Bread Pudding
Photo: VICTOR PROTASIO

Whether you're celebrating St. Patrick's Day (perhaps with a St. Patrick's Day pinch?) or just looking for a satisfying, traditional Irish dessert, these popular recipes will hit the spot. Pair them with your favorite Irish coffee for a midday snack, or enjoy your dessert of choice after serving some fail-proof corned beef. Keep in mind that you can indulge in Irish desserts year-round, whether you have Irish heritage or not.

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Irish Soda Bread

Traditional Irish Soda Bread Recipe
Lisa Hubbard

Studded with raisins and spiced with caraway seeds, this classic bread is great toasted and served with butter. The best part of the recipe? It only requires 10 minutes of hands-on time to whip up this traditional Irish food.

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Chocolate Truffles

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Samantha Seneviratne

Ireland is famous for their excellent chocolates, so a few truffles would be the perfect dessert to share on St. Patrick's Day. You can whip up a batch of the basic recipe and dress it up with green sprinkles or bits of toffee, or try a variation by infusing the ganache with Irish cream, whiskey, or stout.

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Lemon-Thyme Rhubarb Bread Pudding

Lemon-Thyme Rhubarb Bread Pudding Recipe
Victor Protasio

Custardy bread pudding is the perfect sweet treat for a cold evening—and it's so easy to put together. (Just soak chopped pieces of bread in a sweet, eggy batter, and bake.) It's a popular Irish dessert—especially when paired with a a hearty ice cream topping.

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Slice-and-Bake Lemon Shortbread

Slice-and-Bake Lemon Shortbread
Victor Schrager

Buttery shortbread cookies are another Irish dessert staple. This tweak on the classic cookie is infused with lemon and is just the right thing to pair with a cozy cup of tea and a good book.

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Apricot Almond Scones

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Martha White®

If you like your desserts a little less sweet, these tea-time staples, infused with a combo of dried apricot and buttermilk, may be the perfect choice.

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Chocolate-Earl Grey Cake

Chocolate-Earl Grey Cake
Susie Cushner

This Earl Grey chocolate cake has a rich, moist flavor profile. This is the perfect grand finale for your St. Patrick's Day dinner (or the satisfying sweet after a hearty beef stew).

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