19 Irish Desserts for St. Patrick’s Day and Beyond

Updated: Mar. 31, 2024

It's your lucky day! We're making festive Irish desserts galore, from old classics to new favorites.

This St. Patrick’s Day, it’s time to pull out all the stops with your favorite Irish recipes. The corned beef and cabbage is simmering in the slow cooker, colcannon cooks on the stove, the freshly baked Irish soda bread is still warm and pints of Guinness line the fridge. The only thing missing is a delicious dessert inpsired by the Emerald Isle. Add these Irish desserts to your list of St. Patrick’s Day party foods, and don’t forget to stock up on Irish whiskeys to add to your coffee at the end of the night.

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Malted Chocolate & Stout Layer Cake

If you’re looking for a showstopper for St. Paddy’s Day, this recipe takes the cake—literally. Stout beer, malted milk powder and sour cream create a unique flavor and moist texture that’ll have you reaching for a second slice.
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Guinness Float

Here, Ireland’s favorite dry stout is paired with ice cream for an extra decadent pint and a hint of sweetness. Add a swirl of chocolate syrup to top it off. Next, try more of our favorite recipes to make with a pint of Guinness.
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Rhubarb Fool with Strawberries

This classic Irish and British dessert requires no baking, only stovetop and chilling time. It serves six, so invite the neighbors.
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Chocolate Guinness Cake

Guinness, sour cream and baking cocoa join forces in this irresistible cake with a whipped cream-cheese topping. Just like a pint of Guinness, you’ll get your fill after just one small slice.
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Irish Creme Chocolate Trifle

This delightfully creamy trifle couldn’t be easier thanks to a package of devil’s food cake mix, Irish creme nondairy creamer and instant chocolate pudding mix. Don’t skimp on the minty Andes candies.
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Fudgy Layered Irish Mocha Brownies

These layered brownies are a bit more complicated than traditional brownies. You’ll need to sift flour, melt butter, make frosting and ganache from scratch, then bake and chill the brownies. But the impressive results will be well worth it.
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Rawhide's Whiskey Cake

This recipe requires a few days of advance planning. To allow the glaze to really soak into the cake, you’ll apply it in three batches, waiting 24 hours between each application.
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Caramel Whiskey Cookies

The key to soft, chewy cookies is a surprise secret ingredient: yogurt! Substituting a butter alternative like Greek yogurt also helps cut back on less healthy fats.
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Caramelized Baked Custards

These small ramekin custards look like something served in a restaurant, but they’re actually pretty easy to pull off if you have a kitchen torch on hand. Psst: Irish cream liquor is the secret ingredient.
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Chocolate Mincemeat Bars

While traditional mincemeat is made with dried fruit, spices and beef suet, you can also make or buy your own version that omits the meat. It’s typically available canned or jarred in specialty grocery stores.
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Skillet Stout Brownies

To keep the brownies from sticking to the cast-iron pan, make sure your pan has been recently seasoned and grease it with butter or oil before pouring in the batter. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
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Homemade Irish Soda Bread

Even if you’ve never made bread before, this loaf is pretty much foolproof. Typically, you’d serve soda bread as part of a main meal, but we just can’t help but snack on it after supper too.
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Lucky Leprechaun Cookies

Wait, don’t go out and buy special leprechaun cookie cutters for these festive sweets. Instead, you can use gingerbread men cookie cutters, then draw the lucky leprechauns with royal icing and edible markers.
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Homemade Irish Cream

Whipping cream, chocolate syrup, instant coffee, vanilla and almond extract and brewed coffee combine with Irish whiskey for this traditional sipper. If you’d like to keep it nonalcoholic, omit the whiskey for an equally delicious creamer.
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Mint Baileys Bars

If you can’t find creme de menthe baking chips, one reader recommends chopping up Andes mints for similar results. Swirl in the cheesecake topping with a toothpick or fork to make the dessert even more photogenic.
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Bread Pudding with Nutmeg

You can use almost any bread for bread pudding recipes, but our editors recommend French or Italian bread for this sweeter dessert. Try day-old bread for a creamy, custardy bread pudding.
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Spiced Apple Cake with Caramel Icing

A list of Irish desserts wouldn’t be complete without an apple cake! Gala or Braeburn apples are the best for this beautiful bundt cake. And the caramel icing made with butter, brown sugar, vanilla extract and bourbon is, well, the icing on the cake.
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Sticky Toffee Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce

Chopped dates make this tasty pudding sticky and extra sweet. While the brandy in the butterscotch sauce is optional, it adds a depth of flavor you won’t want to miss.
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Good Luck Irish Cookies

These foolproof cookies take only about half an hour to whip up. The secret ingredient: instant pistachio pudding mix.