Saturday Seven: St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

Sally's Baking Addiction | Grandma's Irish Soda Bread Recipe with step-by-step photos-2

St. Patrick’s Day already next week?! Totally snuck up on me.

Guess what? I’m going to Boston tomorrow! I have a book signing that was rescheduled from a snow day in February. I’m presenting a fun cooking demo where we’ll make chewy creamy caramels from scratch– a recipe from Sally’s Candy Addiction. And I’ll be adding sprinkles. Obviously. Get ready for it!

I don’t have anything huge planned for St. Patrick’s Day… just a big loaf of Grandma’s Irish soda bread and a visit to our new house. We’re moving in June and the kitchen is currently being redone. We’re picking out cabinets. (My my my how St. Patrick’s Day celebrations have changed!) I’m thinking cream color cabinets to lighten things up. Thoughts? What does your kitchen look like? Could this paragraph be more boring?

I’ve got some St. Patrick’s Day recipes you have to try! I don’t have any traditional corned beef & cabbage, but I have a slew of festive desserts.

Feeling festive and green with mint chocolate swirl bark. This stuff is laughably easy and makes a ton if you break it into small pieces to share.

Easy Mint Chocolate Bark

Luck o’ the Irish? Yes! White chocolate lucky charms treats for all.

White Chocolate Lucky Charms Treats

Homemade thin mints because we all have girl scout cookies on the brain these days. This recipe makes about 36 cookies, so there’s plenty for a crowd!

Homemade Thin Mint Cookies

Straight from my Grandma’s kitchen, this crusty and suuuuper tender Irish soda bread is my favorite. Do you know how simple Irish soda bread is?!

Sally's Baking Addiction | Grandma's Irish Soda Bread Recipe with step-by-step photos

More mint! Mint Oreo truffles only require 3 ingredients. 4 if you want to decorate with sprinkles or green candy swirls, which obviously you do.

3 Ingredient Mint Oreo Truffles. A simple no-bake recipe favorite! sallysbakingaddiction.com

I know rum isn’t really St. Patrick’s Day-ish, but you could sub in an Irish whiskey. Oh my gosh, they’d be heavenly! These cocoa rum balls are in Sally’s Candy Addiction if you have a copy! They’re incredibly simple.

Cocoa Rum Balls | Sally's Baking Addiction

Chocolate cupcakes with mint chocolate chip frosting are really for any and every occasion. Look at that frosting!

Chocolate Cupcakes with Mint Chocolate Chip Frosting

Boozy St. Patrick’s Day recipes to try: 

Q: What do you usually make for St. Patrick’s Day? I’d love more inspiration!

 

29 comments

  1. That chocolate swirl bark looks so pretty! Moving must be so exciting – a bit sad to leave everything behind but also great to have a fresh new start.

  2. Have fun in Boston! It is suppose to be gorgeous out.  Celebrating with homemade soda bread seems awfully nice to me.

  3. I’m sitting here trying to figure out how I’ve gone my whole life without trying mint chocolate chip cupcakes! I’ve clearly got to try them and every other one of these! Great list Sally and happy weekend!

  4. I’m also a big fan of light colored cabinets. When we bought our house, the kitchen was this weird washed-out peach color with white trim and cabinets. We painted the walls a sage green and the back splash area white – soooooo much better!!! I don’t know if you’ve ever painted a kitchen before, but holy smokes does it take a LONG time! Good luck! :o)

  5. My hubs is military, so we move every few years and have never bought a house. When we stop being semi-nomadic, my dream kitchen (right now, at least) will have white cabinets and yellow walls. And then some pretty patterned blue tile for a backsplash. Actually the house I’m in now has a yellow kitchen, but the cabinets are a light honey color–I like it better than I thought I would though I’m not fond of the counter pattern. And I don’t think this is a boring conversation for everyone who likes to watch HGTV on the regular!

    Re: St. Paddy’s Day, sometimes I’ll be mean to my hubs and dye anything food-wise that I can green. Green mashed potatoes, green scrambled eggs, green cookies, anything I can 😀

  6. You live in the Philadelphia area. Have you ever heard of the candy, Irish Potatoes, a sugar,  butter, cream cheese, and coconut candy shaped like little potatoes and  rolled in cinnamon? I am from a Philadelphia suburb, and Irish Potato (candy) was a “must make” with my children every St. Patty’s Day,( even though they aren’t of Irish origin and no potato in them). Yummy!

  7. Our kitchen is cream with light stained cabinets. I never really liked lighter colored cabinets just because of the kids and dirty fingers and would add more cleaning to my list. 

  8. We built a house last year and have been moved in for about 3 months now. We chose cream colored cabinets with a dark chocolate glaze on them so they have a slight distress/antiqued look to them and I love them more every day. Also, we did a “matte” brushed granite so my counters never have smudges, finger prints, or marks from wiping them down- so I love them also! Kitchen talk is never boring in my book! Haha. Have a great weekend Sally and if/when you ever decide to do more book signings, come further south, preferably the northwest Arkansas area! 😉

  9. Hi, Sally… Michelle at Brown Eyed Baker changed the name of her cupcakes years ago because it insulted so many people.  Might be a good idea to change it on your blog to the correct name.  Just wanted to let you know!  They are incredible cupcakes BTW!

  10. I have to make that Irish soda bread! There’s nothing like homemade bread to me, and with strong, close Irish roots, my family celebrates St.Patrick’s Day up big each year 🙂

  11. New home-so exciting!! Cream colored cabinets are so pretty. I always gawk over the white kitchens on Pinterest but then I remember how much chocolate and cake batter I get on my cupboards on a daily basis. I have light wood/pine cabinets and love them. Can’t wait to make your Andes cream pie from the book this weekend!

  12. Hi Sally! How exciting! Picking out cabinets! SOMEDAY I will have the kitchen of my dreams! Because I’m a country gal, my ultimate dream kitchen will have Antiqued cream colored cabinets (some doors with glass so you can see through) and then the cocoa colored speckled looking granite counters and a soapstone or travertine backsplash. I’ve seen many kitchens now on HGTV where folks are now mixing up the top from the bottom cabinets….so light on top, chocolate color on bottom. I prefer that traditional same on top as bottom. Speaking of Chocolate….your mint chocolate chip cupcakes are a MUST bake! My mouth is watering looking at the picture! And the Mint Bark is incredible. Made that over the Holidays…I call it my “after dinner mint bark”…because it’s so much like the Andes Mints. Enjoy Boston and safe travels! Any dates for Wayne/Phila in April yet?

    • No date yet! Working on it. I’m with you– I’d like the same color on top AND bottom for the cabinets. I think the other way would drive me nuts!

  13. Mmmm I love everything chocolate mint really need to try those homemade mints! We just moved and did a new kitchen we went for classic white cabinets and black surfaces but I love it because it makes the room look so light and airy! Good luck designing it – so fun!!

  14. Hi Sally! Hope you have fun in Boston! All of this looks wonderful!
    I’m going on a potluck picnic this week – would you please recommend something quick but delicious to take?? 

  15. Today is a gorgeous day in Boston so I hope you get a chance to stroll Newbury Street  and/or the Public Garden before your signing this evening.
    I think I have been watching way too much HGTV but if I were to choose cabinets for a kitchen, I know I would go with the new neutral..soft gray. The countertops would be quartz with the look of marble. I live in a bungalow so my kitchen has shaker style cherry cabinets with honed absolute black granite countertops. I love the look of a satin finish on the granite but honesty, I find granite has more upkeep than I like and the black shows every fingerprint. I just had a heavy duty dealer put on it which enhanced the color and took it back to looking like it first when it was first installed. 
    All that said, I love renovating and would find it great fun to be able to remodel kitchens and baths on a regular basis.

  16. We are redoing our kitchen right now too! I am literally writing this behind a plastic wall they put up to keep the dust out. If you haven’t heard of Houzz, download the app now. Right now! They have a zillion kitchen ideas. It’s wonderful. Also Pinterest was invaluable for this. I would pin all the things I liked on one board (though you may want several) and then I created a separate board of my final picks. I go to it all the time right now. Fell free to email me if you need any help. I’m a bit design obsessed! 🙂

    • I LOVE Houzz!! Good luck with your kitchen Elle– it’s all worth the inconvenience and preparation. I know it will be beautiful!

  17. Oh my goodness! I was just going to make Irish potatoes for St. Patrick’s Day (my coworkers now look forward to every holiday because A) my officemate and I are BIG fans of decorating and B) I always bake something thematic), but these are BRILLIANT. The Lucky Charms Rice Krispie treats are inspired. And my gluten-free coworker will be ALL OVER that mint chocolate swirl bark! 

  18. These recipes sound delicious! I think I’m going to try the soda bread, just to shake things up a little. I love white cabinets, but we have golden oak-colored ones. White or cream definitely makes it look clean and bright. It would be a good choice!

    Ugh, I missed you in San Francisco. I was so busy that week and it completely slipped my mind! Now I’ll just have to buy your book off Amazon. I’m really kicking myself! 🙂

  19. I tried the Irish Soda Bread today using dried cranberries and it turned out very well.  I also thought it was very easy to make and enjoyed the taste very much.

  20. Hey Sally! I made the mint oreo truffles and golden oreo truffles. I even went out and bought a food processor just for them (I needed one anyway) They were so delicious. Everybody at work wanted the recipe and I sent them to your website. Thanks for being so consistent and precise with your recipes. I hate wasting ingredients and I know I never will when making your recipes!

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