30+ St. Patrick's Day Desserts That Are Better Than a Pot of Gold

March 17 is your sweet tooth's lucky day.

St. Patrick's Day Desserts
Garnish and Glaze

Time to do a little jig, because we have your St. Patrick's Day dessert menu handled. We've kept the Irish cream flowing, of course — but included a few chocolatey and colorful (green, gold, and rainbow!) options for good measure. Or if you're looking to keep things a little more traditional, check out these classic Irish dessert recipes. And while it's tempting to just go straight for the good stuff (a.k.a. dessert), start off your night with one of these hearty and delicious dinner recipes, including classics like corned beef and cabbage and Guinness beef stew.

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1 Shamrock Cupcakes
Shamrock Cupcakes - St. Patrick's Day Desserts
Mike Garten

Since four-leaf clovers are hard to find, make your own luck with heart-shaped muffin pans.

2 Cocoa-Nutty Lime Tart
Cocoa Nutty Lime Tart - St. Patrick's Day Desserts
Mike Garten

Freshen up after a hearty feast with this tangy tart, complete with gluten-free crust.

Get the recipe for Cocoa-Nutty Lime Tart »

3 Bailey's Brownies
Bailey's Brownies - St. Patrick's Day Desserts
Parker Feierbach

The fudgy brownies are a standout on their own. With a splash of Bailey's Irish Cream? They're unforgettable.

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4 Grasshopper Bars
Grasshopper Bars - St. Patrick's Day Desserts
Mike Garten

A fresh take on an American classic, this minty dessert is like Andes Creme de Menthe Thins but way, way bigger.

5 Lucky Charm Ice Cream Sandwiches
Lucky Charms Sandwiches - St. Patrick's Day Desserts
Kathryn Wirsing

Sandwich your favorite ice cream with luck (well, Lucky Charms and gooey marshmallows).

6 Peek-a-Boo St. Patrick's Cake
Peek-a-Boo St. Patrick's Cake - St. Patrick's Day Desserts
Courtesy of Mom Loves Baking

Treat your party guests to a sweet surprise one they slice open this chocolate cake.

7 Green Velvet St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes
Green Velvet St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes - St. Patrick's Day Desserts
Courtesy of Garnish and Glaze

There may not actually be a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but these cupcakes topped with chocolate gold coins are pretty darn close.

8 Rainbow Donuts
Rainbow Donuts - St. Patrick's Day Desserts
Courtesy of The First Year

See? There's a reason why your kids love Fruity Pebbles so much.


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9 Bailey's Irish Coffee Caramel Brownies
Bailey's Irish Coffee Caramel Brownies - St Patrick's Day Desserts
Courtesy of American Heritage Cooking

You are going to want to smother everything you eat in this drool-worthy Bailey's ganache.


10 Whiskey Chocolate Truffles
Whiskey Chocolate Truffles  - St. Patrick's Day Desserts
Courtesy of Gimme Some Oven

These five-ingredient truffles are a simple, sophisticated way to celebrate the Irish.

11 Rainbow Cupcakes
Rainbow Cupcakes - St. Patrick's Day Desserts
Courtesy of Skip to My Lou

Wait. Did you guys know these sour candies look exactly like rainbows? You do now.


12 Mint Chocolate Lasagna
Mint Chocolate Lasagna - St. Patrick's Day Desserts
Courtesy of Inspiring Cooks

The best part about this minty, chocolatey lasagna is that there's no baking required. Just refrigerate for 30 minutes and you're done.

13 Green Ombré Cake
Green Ombré Cake - St. Patrick's Day Desserts
Courtesy of I Am Baker

This ombré layer cake, which deepens from cream to mint to emerald, beats out any rainbow treats — hands down.

14 St. Patrick's Day Oreos
St. Patrick's Day Oreos - St. Patrick's Day Desserts
Courtesy of Sprinkles for Breakfast

If you're pressed for time, these dip-and-go Oreos, splattered with "green" white chocolate, are ready in minutes.

15 Chocolate Mint Andes Brownies
Chocolate Mint Andes Brownies - St Patrick's Day Desserts
Courtesy of Chef Savvy

It's your lucky day: Your favorite mint chocolates (seriously, those green wrappers are iconic) has been transformed into a decadent frosted brownie.

16 Irish Cream Macarons
Irish Cream Macarons - St Patrick's Day Desserts
Courtesy of Blahnik Baker

Topped with a drizzle of melted chocolate, these boozy bites are best paired with Irish coffee.

17 Shamrock Pretzels
Shamrock Pretzels - St. Patrick's Day Desserts
Courtesy of The Spruce

This adorable dessert combines sweet and salty flavors into something that's totally perfect for St. Paddy's Day.

18 Leprechaun Cookies
Leprechaun Cookies - St. Patrick's Day Desserts
Courtesy of Homemade Interest

No baking required: All you need is Nutter Butter cookies and festive candy melts to make this lazy (but delicious) food craft.


RELATED: 24 St. Patrick's Day Crafts to Make With Your Kids

19 Lucky Charm Cookies
Lucky Charm Cookies - St. Patrick's Day Desserts
Erin Phraner

If there's cereal in these cookies that means we can eat them for breakfast, right?

Get the recipe »

20 Guinness Pretzel Truffles
Guinness Pretzel Truffles - St. Patrick's Day Desserts
Sprinkle Bakes

Malty Guinness is the perfect match for salty pretzels and smooth dark chocolate. See for yourself.


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

21 St. Patrick's Day Sugar Wafers
St. Patrick's Day Sugar Wafers  - St. Patrick's Day Desserts
Courtesy of Southern Made Simple

These sweet, crispy wafers are easy to make, even the kids can pitch in!

22 Shamrock Bark
Shamrock Bark - St. Patrick's Day Desserts
Courtesy of Passion for Savings

Make your friends and family feel extra-lucky with a big batch of this shamrock bark.

23 Lucky Charms Bark
Lucky Charms Bark - St. Patrick's Day Desserts
Courtesy of Life with the Crust Cut Off

This rainbow-colored treat doubles as an excellent afternoon for kids.


24 Leprechaun Hat S'mores
Leprechaun Hat S'mores - St. Patrick's Day Desserts
Courtesy of The Cake Blog

These leprechaun hats are almost too cute to eat — but they're so delicious, we can't resist.

25 Grasshopper Fudge
Grasshopper Fudge - St. Patrick's Day Desserts
Sweet Recipeas

Don't let the color and the bite sized pieces fool you — this boozy fudge is not for kids.

RELATED: 20 Seriously Easy and Fun St. Patrick's Day Decorations

26 Paleo Irish Cream Mocha Pudding
Paleo Irish Cream Mocha Pudding - St. Patrick's Day Desserts
Courtesy of Plaid and Paleo

Featuring decadent coconut cream and espresso, this pudding recipe will satisfy your vegan and dairy-free guests.

27 Pistachio and White Chocolate Pudding Cookies
Pistachio and White Chocolate Pudding Cookies - St Patrick's Day Desserts
Courtesy of Mom on Time Out

Forget green food dye, these nutty cookie-meet-pudding hybrids are dyed green the natural way.

28 Beer Brownies
Beer Brownies - St. Patrick's Day Desserts
Courtesy of Kitchy Kitchen

You might not know this but beer tastes best in chocolate. Feel free to sub coffee if you need a caffeine kick.

29 Green Velvet Cheesecake Bars
Green Velvet Cheesecake Bars - St. Patrick's Day Desserts
Courtesy of About a Mom

If red velvet is the cake of choice on Valentine's Day, green velvet is the thing to bake on St. Patrick's Day.

30 Shamrock Shake
Shamrock Shake - St. Patrick's Day Desserts
Courtesy of Dessert Now, Dinner Later

One advantage of whipping up this nostalgic drive-through milkshake at home is that you can spike it with your booze of choice. We encourage it.


RELATED: How to Make Green Beer for St. Patrick's Day

31 Irish Cream Ice Cream Cupcakes
Irish Cream Ice Cream Cupcakes - St. Patrick's Day Desserts
Courtesy of Bubbly Nature Creations

Once upon a time, there was an Irish cream mocha cake got topped with Irish cream ice cream, toffee bits, and whipped cream...


32 Guinness Snickerdoodles
Guinness Snickerdoodles - St. Patrick's Day Desserts
Courtesy of Heather Christo

You don't have to be Irish to put beer in places where it doesn't normally go. Try it with these spiced snickerdoodles and you may never turn back.


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