By Vanessa Greaves

If you want to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with special sweets and treats but you don't have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen, these are the recipes for you. They come together quickly without a lot of fuss, but lucky you, they still look party-perfect.

1. Bailey's Irish Cream Brownies

Bailey's in the boxed brownie mix and Bailey's in the frosting make these a double delight. You should definitely tint the frosting green for St. Patrick's Day, don't you think?

Bailey's Irish Cream Brownies | Photo by Meredith

2. Grandma Mottle's Blarney Stones

Store-bought pound cake is dipped in a simple milk-and-sugar glaze and crusted with chopped peanuts. That's how easy these cute St. Paddy's Day treats are to make, and that's not just a lot of sweet talk.

Grandma Mottle's Blarney Stones | Photo by Jennifer Baker

3. Shamrock Shakes

These minty fresh shakes will be a hit with leprechauns of all ages. Hint: You can slip a little something extra in the ones you make for the grown-ups. *wink, wink*

Shamrock Shakes | Photo by Nanby

4. Bailey's Irish Cupcakes

These easy, made-from-scratch cupcakes are laced with Bailey's for that smooth and pleasing Irish cream flavor. Embellish with Peppermint Buttercream Frosting, if you wish.

St. Patricks Day Cupcakes | Photo by Meredith

5. Irish Potato Candy

They may look like teeny tiny potatoes, but they're actually made from cream cheese, coconut, butter, and confectioners' sugar. They get that potato-like appearance when they're rolled in ground cinnamon. So cute and clever.

Irish Potato Candy Photo | by elirt

6. Irish Soda Bread Cookies

Dried currants and caraway seeds are the essential flavor agents in these simple cookies. To make them extra festive, cut them out in shamrock shapes. You can top them with green sugar or icing, but they taste great just the way they are, too.

Irish Soda Bread Cookies | Photo by Ct UsaMom

7. Irish Bananas

Nope, there's nothing remotely Irish about this recipe, except for the Irish whiskey the bananas are simmered in. But who's complaining?


More: See our entire collection of St. Patrick's Day desserts.


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