Let’s be honest, shall we? St. Patrick’s Day is a straight up boozy holiday. And just the thought of packed bars with drunken revelry makes me want to hide. (Or maybe it’s just that the beer is green, because blech!) And by hide, I mean stay home to eat and drink in peace. I can think of no better way to do that on St. Patrick’s Day than with these boozy dessert recipes. They get in the spirit, they won’t get me drunk (because, um, hello 6:30 am alarm), they’re sweet, and I can eat them at home in my PJs.
See? I can get in the St. Paddy’s Day spirit!
One more thing before we get to the recipes: These aren’t all totally inappropriate to share with kids. There are some safe recipes here for them, too, but if you’re pregnant or abstaining, you might check out our favorite rainbow recipes instead. Either way, hard to go wrong.
I admit it: I prefer blondies to brownies. Especially if they’re boozy, like these Bourbon Chocolate Chip Blondies at Wholefully. I’m not sure how I didn’t know about Cassie before, because she’s clearly my hero.
Pecan, Bourbon, and Butterscotch Bread Pudding | photo by Marcus Nilsson for Bon Appétit
Irish whiskey, whiskey, bourbon: it’s all related enough. If you’re with me, then the Pecan, Bourbon, and Butterscotch Bread Pudding that I spied at Bon Appétit is the St. Patrick’s Day dessert for you — if you can wait that long to make it.
I’m not big into beer, but somehow, I’m all for this Guinness Milkshake at Lemons for Lulu. Adapt the first batch for the kids by substituting milk for the alcohol, then make a second batch for the grown ups as directed.
I made this recipe for this Chocolate Guinness Cake exactly for this purpose: The get in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit. You know, that and to use up the rest of the Guinness six-pack we bought (and didn’t finish) for a St. Patrick’s Day toast at home. But, honestly, it’s so delicious, that I’ve made it other times during the year, and venture to say that you will too.
Boozy Shamrock Shake | Sugar and Cloth
If you want to go classic for St. Patrick’s Day, then the Boozy Shamrock Shake we found at Sugar and Cloth while rounding up dye-free Shamrock Shake recipes. The recipe might askew the green color of the traditional version, but all the flavor and spirit is there. Oh yea.
Shakes are delicious — and easy — so I get if that’s the direction you want to go, but I’ve got to admit, it’s going to be hard to resist making this Bailey’s Salted Caramel Chocolate Pie at She Wears Many Hats. Holy deliciousness. Amy kindly notes that this recipe contains 0.6 fl. oz. of alcohol per serving, in case you’re wondering about sharing with the kids or giving it to a friend who abstains.
This recipe for Baileys Cookies and Cream Parfaits at Homemade Hooplah falls between whipping up a shake and making a pie. It’s simple, easy, and calls for pairing Oreos and Baileys Irish Cream, so yea, I’m in.