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8 Festive (and Delicious!) St. Patrick's Day Recipes

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, it might be fun to celebrate it in the kitchen this year. If you’ve never hosted a little party for the day, now is your chance! While some people might prefer to imbibe ungodly amounts of green brew or stand in the cold to watch a parade go by, there are definitely healthier and warmer ways to have a little St. Patty’s Day fun. With these recipes (ranging in difficulty from super easy to slightly more challenging) you’ll have no problem finding one or two that fit your skill level and your appetite. Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

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If you would like to keep it traditional, then dust off your slow cooker and give this recipe a whirl. Just be sure to leave yourself enough time, since this one will take a while. And since temperatures in various parts of the country have been anything but spring-like, a nice hot dish of corned beef and cabbage might be just what the leprechaun ordered.

Irish Soda Bread

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Most people have go-to brownie recipes, while others have a favorite scone to make. But I’ll bet you have never made your very own batch of Irish soda bread. Just be sure not to skimp on the buttermilk, because that is key to making it authentic.

Irish Coffee With Coconut Whipped Cream

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Sure, you can always enjoy a traditional Irish coffee (which consists of coffee, Irish whiskey, a bit of sugar, all of which is topped with thick cream), but why not think outside the box this time? Plus, the hints of coconut can conjure images of warm, sunny beaches, which still seem so far away given the current climate.

Chocolate Mint Andes Brownies

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Sure, green beer might not be the classiest way to celebrate the holiday, but that’s no reason to avoid green food coloring altogether. Besides, brownies with peppermint buttercream frosting are too yummy to pass up. And doesn’t every menu deserve to have some kind of brownie on it??

Shamrock Rice Krispies Treats

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If you’re not in the mood to cook a big, elaborate meal (or if baking just isn’t your thing), one easy and fun way to make some delicious green food is to rely on an old favorite: Rice Krispies Treats. Every time I make them, I am amazed at how scrumptious they really are (I’m sure it has nothing to do with all of that butter…). It’s also a perfect way to get the kids to help out and simultaneously spend some quality time together.

Car Bomb Bundt Cake

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While this option might not be completely PC, it’s bound to be a hit. It combines chocolate (yes please) with coffee, and most importantly, Bailey’s Irish cream, Irish whiskey, and stout beer. You might want to avoid operating heavy machinery after having a slice, but you’ll no doubt feel like you’ve been hugged from the inside.

Green Velvet Cupcakes

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This one is sure to be a hit with the kids. No one ever said that the color red had to corner the market on velvet cupcakes. There’s no reason they can’t be green to make March 17 more festive. But hands down, my favorite part of this particular recipe is the cream cheese frosting.

Irish Potato Bites

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While this one might seem like a potato skin recipe re-purposed from the Super Bowl, it isn’t, thanks to the corned beef (instead of bacon bits) that is a must for preparing it. It will surely be a popular option for hungry guests. And you’ll get bonus points for having a creative twist on a classic app.