17 Boozy St. Patrick's Day Desserts
How Saint Patrick became the patron saint of pub crawls is a mystery you might well ponder. (After all, he's the pious person who brought a religion to an entire island, not beer to a keg party.) We'll provide the answer on the last slide, but until you get there, savor these 17 booze-soaked St. Patrick's Day desserts along the way. Sort of like pub-crawling a rainbow of desserts with a pot of golden knowledge at the end.
Baileys Chocolate Chip Cheesecake
Recipe submitter TACZYZ received this recipe from a caterer more than 20 years ago, and warns that it's not for the diet-conscious. Made with a whole cup of Irish cream, this cheesecake is definitely for Baileys-lovers only.
Irish Cream Chocolate Cheesecake
Allrecipes member SQUIRKIE has solid advice for making this top-rated cheesecake as chocolatey good as it can be: 1.Use good quality cocoa. 2. Double the recipe for the crust and push it up the sides as well as on the bottom of the pan. 3. Wrap the outside of the springform pan in aluminum foil to prevent water from seeping in (if you bake the cheesecake in a water bath).
Irish Cream Truffle Fudge
With four tablespoons of Irish cream liqueur in the mix, this fudge was a little too boozy for some reviewers. But, as Ruth Phillips says, "If you don't like Irish cream, why would you even try this recipe at all?" (She gave it five stars.)
Some reviewers suggested using a 9x12 pan instead of an 8x8 to make this creamy fudge a bit shorter and easier to cut when it cools.
Chocolate Beer Cupcakes With Whiskey Filling And Irish Cream Icing
When stout meets chocolate, flavor friendships deepen. But that's not all that's going on with these boozy little cupcakes. There's also an Irish whisky-chocolate filling in the middle and Irish cream icing up top.
"Made this for St. Patrick's Day dessert and it was everyone’s favorite," says Colleen. "It takes a bit of time but well worth it. You’ll need to make extra frosting than the recipe suggests."
Ultimate Irish Cream Chocolate Mousse
This five-ingredient dessert surprised Jen, who said, "Unbelievably tasty, and not nearly as hard as I thought it would be. The Bailey's doesn't really come through that strongly, which is a good thing and a bad thing. If you like it boozy, double or triple the amount in there."
Reviewers suggest letting the mousse chill overnight, making this a perfect make-ahead dessert for St. Patrick's Day.
Crushed vanilla wafers, almonds, and pecans meet up with Irish cream, sour cream, and melted chocolate to make an easy truffle base. "Wow!" raves LoveLeibee. "I made these for a St. Patrick's Day event. So delicious. A little labor of love but well worth the work involved. Everyone loved them."
Irish Cocktail Cupcakes
Recipe creator inskydiamonds says, "If you've ever had a shot of Irish whiskey and Irish cream dropped in a glass of Guinness, this it in dessert form. The best cupcake ever." Deb says, "Delicious! Very pleased with taste and consistency of cupcake and icing. Didn’t quite need all the confectioners sugar the recipe called for but had enough and it was quite tasty."
Irish Cream Ice Cream
Everyone who's made it loves it. The alcohol makes the ice cream take a bit longer to firm up in the freezer, but the results are worth the wait.
Pacific Pintos took this approach: "This was a huge hit at a St. Patrick's Day party. The day before I mixed all the ingredients together and put them in the stainless steel ice cream container and refrigerated it for several hours before churning it. This eliminated the longer preparation time due to the alcohol in the mix."
Perfect St. Patrick's Day Cake
There's a double dose of Guinness and Irish Cream in this decadent cake. And that doesn't seem to be a problem for all the reviewers who gave it top marks. You can drizzle chocolate over the top (as per the recipe) or pipe on a fluffy buttercream frosting in white and tinted green, as shown.
"Who'd ever guess that a recipe for chocolate cake that uses Guinness would turn out to be the best darned chocolate cake I've ever tasted?" raves Baricat.
Guinness Chocolate Cake with Irish Cream Frosting
Irish stout intensifies the flavor of the chocolate cake, while Irish cream gives the buttercream frosting an extra boost of St. Patrick's Day delight. To convert this cake recipe into cupcakes, simply reduce the baking time and start testing for doneness at 12 to 15 minutes.
Does this mean if they grew bananas in Ireland, they'd simmer them in butter with brown sugar and Irish whiskey to serve over ice cream? Who's to say? Some reviewers served them over French toast, pound cake, and even their breakfast oatmeal.
Dark Guinness Brownies
Four kinds of chocolate and a generous measure of Irish stout go into these decadent brownies. Barb Anderson says, "I made exactly as written (except for the nuts, due to an allergy), and the brownies were excellent! Perfect sweet ending to my savory Steak and Guinness Pie main dish for St. Patrick's Day!
Boozy Irish Whiskey Cake
"Caution: this Irish whiskey cake will get you tipsy. Adults only," says recipe creator Deepseer.
Yoly agrees, noting, "Very good boozy cake, a bit on the strong side but delicious regardless. Despite having to use 15.25 oz cake mix (they don't make the 18.5 any longer) and the pudding boxes were 3.5 oz instead of 3.9 oz (because I could not find that size) it all came together perfectly. I chose to make a bundt cake and baked it for 55 minutes. Next time I will cut the Irish Whiskey to 1/2 - 3/4 cups."
Irish Cream Cheesecake
Reviewers enjoyed this cheesecake, but suggest you bump up the Irish cream if you want that flavor to really come through.
"Very good cheesecake," says jmillan. "I followed everyone's suggestion and used 1/2 cup of Bailey's. It gave it the perfect amount of flavor. My family LOVED it. Thank you."
Be sure to chill your glasses before you make these adults-only beer floats so they don't melt too quickly. Wendy suggested adding a little chocolate over the top. "I had to buy Guinness and ice cream on the same day and my weird friend suggested that I try making an ice cream float. The experiment was a success!" —Spiderwoman77
Peanut Butter and Baileys Frozen Yogurt
Greek yogurt, peanut butter, and a goodly measure of booze get churned up into this grown-up soft serve. Some reviewers left out the added sugar, saying their peanut butter was quite sweet enough. "Great taste and texture. Due to the Baileys it won't freeze completely (which makes it easier to serve)." —Esther13
Grasshopper Cream Cheese Pie
Crème de menthe and crème de cacao give this luscious dessert just the right tint of St. Paddy's Day green. Home cook sweetserenade topped hers with chocolate ganache and whipped cream. "Easy and delicious," says judyb. " I made it just as directed for a St. Patrick’s day party. Everyone loved it ."
Why Is St. Patrick's Day So Boozy?
Now, about that whole drinking on Saint Patrick's Day business.
According to legend, the dear saint himself used a touch of the tipple to teach a stingy innkeeper a lesson in generosity. It seems that after receiving a less than brimming pour, the future saint declared there was a devil living in the cellar of the inn, whose wicked ways caused the innkeeper to be greedy and cheat his customers of their full measure of drink.
The only way to rid the place of this devil, St. Patrick said, was to fill each cup to overflowing. This the innkeeper did, St. Patrick proclaimed the devil banished, and now we drink on Saint Patrick's day to commemorate banishing the devil with a generous outpouring of spirits. So, there you have it.
All that remains is to learn how to say sláinte (good health) in Gaelic when you raise your glass to cheer your fellow merrymakers.