8 Traditional Irish Desserts for Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day
Whether you’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day (perhaps with a St. Patrick’s Day pinch?) or just looking for a satisfying, classic Irish dessert, these scones, shortbreads, and cakes will hit the spot. Pair them with your favorite Irish coffee recipe for a midday snack, or serve your Irish dessert recipe of choice after your fail-proof corned beef recipe. Whether you're planning for a St. Patrick's Day party, or just craving a sweet treat, there's something for everyone on this list.
There’s no reason you can’t enjoy Irish desserts year-round, whether you have an Irish heritage or not. If chocolate stout cakes, bread pudding, and apple cakes are your type of sweet, you can enjoy them whenever, wherever.
Irish Soda Bread
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.
Chocolate Stout Cake
Dark Irish stout gives chocolate cake a rich, moist flavor profile, topped with a creamy ganache. This is the perfect grand finale for your St. Patrick's Day dinner (or the perfect sweet after a hearty beef stew).
Earl Grey Shortbreads
Buttery shortbread cookies are an Irish dessert staple. This tweak on the classic cookie, infused with the flavors of Earl Grey tea, are the just the right thing to pair with a cozy cup of tea and a good book.
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.
Bread Pudding With Fruit Compote
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 dried-fruit-and-brandy compote.
St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes
This sweet St. Patrick's Day treat is incredibly easy to put together—just start with a devil's food cake mix and a bottle of Guinness. (It's also the perfect easy Irish dessert for a birthday celebration!)
Blueberry Ginger Scones
If you like your desserts a little less sweet, these tea-time staples, infused with the sweet-spicy combo of fresh blueberries and ginger, may be. the perfect choice.
Mini Guinness Cakes
A cup of the famed Irish stout helps give these adorable mini bundt cakes a deep chocolate flavor that makes for a perfect Irish dessert. Just a sprinkle of confectioner's sugar tops it off.