23 Classic Irish Desserts for St. Patrick's Day

Guinness + chocolate = a match made in heaven. 😍

Classic Irish Desserts
Ethan Calabrese / Kitchen Alchemist

Put down the green food dye: For St. Patrick's Day, consider a traditional Irish dessert instead. Get inspiration from these recipes that are infused with The Emerald Isle's best flavors, including Baileys Irish Cream and Guinness. Even better, stick these cakes, cheesecakes, and pies on a for a splash of St. Paddy's color. If that's not enough, round out your festivities with one of these hearty mains and sides.

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1 Soda Bread
Soda Bread - Classic Irish Desserts
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly

This rustic bread transforms into dessert the minute you spread sweet marmalade or jam on a slice.

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2 Irish Coffee
Irish Coffee - Classic Irish Desserts
Ethan Calabrese

We officially declare whiskey and coffee as the king and queen of St. Patrick's Day. Sip on this boozy drink and you'll see why.

RELATED: 20 St. Patrick's Day Drinks That Go Way Beyond Green Beer

3 Baileys Cheesecake
Baileys Cheesecake - Classic Irish Desserts
Ethan Calabrese

Sure, they might not use Oreo cookies as crust in Ireland but we don't object. Not one bit.

4 Brioche Bread and Butter Pudding
Brioche Bread and Butter Pudding - Classic Irish Desserts
Kitchen Alchemist

This traditional dessert brings together homemade vanilla custard and sweet, flaky brioche and all we can say is it's most definitely a match made in heaven.

5 Baileys Poke Cake
Baileys Poke Cake - Classic Irish Desserts
Jon Boulton

Double the chocolate, double the deliciousness.

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6 Irish Apple Cake with Custard Sauce
Irish Apple Cake with Custard Sauce - Classic Irish Desserts
Courtesy of The Kitchen McCabe

This apple cake is delicious, but let's focus on that custard sauce, shall we? It's like pouring melted ice cream over your dessert — and who wouldn't want that?

7 Soda Bread Pudding
Soda Bread Pudding - Classic Irish Desserts
Spoon Fork Bacon

Traditional Irish soda bread goes cozy with spiced cream and caramel sauce. Got stale soda bread? Even better.


8 Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème
Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème - Classic Irish Desserts
The Cafe Sucrefarine

The best part about these desserts (besides how decadent they are) is the fact that they only take five minutes to make. No, really!

9 Guiness Cake
Guiness Cake - Classic Irish Desserts
Design Sponge

When it comes to dessert, too much of a good thing is never bad. That means the more Guinness, the better.

10 Irish Shortbread
Irish Shortbread - Classic Irish Desserts
Courtesy of The Kitchy Kitchen

Corn flour adds a nutty flavor that'll make you polish off a whole plate in one sitting. Or maybe that's just us...

11 Baileys Brownies
Baileys Brownies - Classic Irish Desserts
Spend with Pennies

These rich brownies are topped with a fluffy Baileys buttercream frosting and — you guessed it — more Baileys-infused chocolate ganache.

12 Irish Oat Flapjacks
Irish Oat Flapjacks - Classic Irish Desserts
Thirsty for Tea

One bite and you'll be in buttery baked oatmeal heaven. These may look like granola bars, but the chocolate and golden syrup make them a dessert in our book.


13 Irish Coffee Cake
Irish Coffee Cake - Classic Irish Desserts
Courtesy of Donal Skehan

You've probably had Irish cream liqueur, but did you ever consider adding it to your coffee cake? It's only natural.


14 Porter Cake
Porter Cake - Classic Irish Desserts
Frugal Feeding

This boozy cake gets better with time. We think the Irish did this on purpose so you have time to drink booze while you wait for flavors to blend.

15 Mudslide Cheesecake
Mudslide Cheesecake - Classic Irish Desserts
Brunette Baker

Don't worry, you won't taste the alcohol, just the sweet creamy cheesecake.

RELATED: How to Make Cheesecake From Scratch

16 Orange Scented Whiskey Soufflé Pie
Orange Scented Whiskey Soufflé Pie - Classic Irish Desserts
Hungry Rabbit

This traditional "pie" is more like a soufflè — it naturally collapses after you to take it out of the oven.


17 Irish Potato Candies
Irish Potato Candies - Classic Irish Desserts
Simply Whisked

These stuffed cinnamon treats were popular among Irish immigrants in Philadelphia and they quickly became a St. Patrick's Day staple for the area — and well, everyone.


18 Irish Whiskey and Stout Chocolate Cake
Irish Whiskey and Stout Cake - Classic Irish Desserts
The Little Epicurean

This boozy cake offers all the hearty flavors of chocolate stouts and Irish whiskey, without the harsh tastes of alcohol.

19 Irish Blueberry Scones
Irish Blueberry Scones - Classic Irish Desserts
Sunny Days, Good Food

Eat em' for breakfast or dessert. Either way, just eat all the scones because they are buttery and delicious.


20 Irish Lemon Pudding
Irish Lemon Pudding - Classic Irish Desserts
Courtesy of The Baker Upstairs

When you need a break from all the heavy whiskey cakes, this light and luscious pudding cake is dreamy.


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21 Irish Barmbrack
Irish Barmbrack - Classic Irish Desserts
Courtesy of Donal Skehan

Like a fruitcake but better because the fruit gets soaked in Irish whiskey first. Yum.


22 Irish Pancakes
Irish Pancakes - Classic Irish Desserts
Courtesy of Donal Skehan

Irish pancakes are thinner than American ones which makes them perfect for stuffing with fruit, whipped cream, and hot fudge.


RELATED: How to Make the Perfect Whipped Cream From Scratch

23 Chocolate Biscuit Cake
Chocolate Biscuit Cake - Classic Irish Desserts
Courtesy of Edible Ireland

It's creamy, it's chocolatey, and it's loaded with chopped up cookies and coffee. Sold.

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