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Forget the Beer — Make Green Sweets for St. Patrick's Day

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6 green dessert recipes that'll make your St. Patty's a whole lot sweeter

While you probably wouldn't catch us turning down a green beer on St. Patrick's Day, don't vibrant emerald cupcakes sound even better? St. Paddy's Day celebrations are the perfect excuse to dye desserts green too. From cake pops to cocktails, we dug up some sweet McCormick recipes that are just as fun to look at as they are to eat.

Luck o' the Irish cake pops recipe

Makes 4 dozen cake pops

Ingredients: 

  • 1 package (18-1/4 ounces) yellow cake mix
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® Green Food Color
  • 3/4 cup marshmallow creme
  • 1 bag (14 ounces) white confectionary coating wafers
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Green sprinkles (optional)

Directions:

  1. Prepare cake mix as directed on package, adding food color. Bake as directed on package for 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Cool completely on wire rack.
  2. Crumble cake into large bowl. Add marshmallow creme; mix until well blended. Shape into 1-inch balls. Refrigerate two hours.
  3. Melt coating wafers as directed on package. For each cake pop, dip 1/2-inch of lollipop stick into melted coating. Insert dipped end of lollipop stick halfway into cake ball. Let stand until coating is set. Dip each cake pop into melted coating. Shake gently to remove excess coating. Sprinkle or roll cake pops in green sprinkles, if desired. Place cake pops in Styrofoam blocks. Let stand until coating is set.

More: Boozy Lucky Charms milkshake will start your St. Patrick's Day off right

Irish cream swirl brownie recipe

6 green dessert recipes that'll make your St. Patty's a whole lot sweeter
Image: McCormick®

Makes 16 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 package (18 to 20 ounces) fudge brownie mix
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 cup Irish cream liqueur
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Green Food Color

Directions:

  1. Prepare brownie mix as directed on package, adding vanilla. Reserve one cup batter. Spread remaining batter in greased 9-inch square baking pan.
  2. Beat cream cheese, flour and sugar in medium bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add Irish cream liqueur, egg and food color; beat until well blended. Pour over brownie layer in pan. Drop reserved one cup batter by the spoonful over cream cheese layer. Cut through batter with knife several times for marble effect.
  3. Bake as directed on package for 9-inch square baking pan. Cool in pan.

Easy green velvet cupcake recipe

6 green dessert recipes that'll make your St. Patty's a whole lot sweeter
Image: McCormick®

Makes 24 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 package (18-1/4 ounces) German chocolate cake mix with pudding
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 bottle (1 ounce) McCormick® Green Food Color
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 container (16 ounces) cream cheese frosting
  • Green sprinkles (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Beat cake mix, sour cream, water, cocoa powder, oil, food color, eggs and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on low speed just until moistened, scraping sides of bowl frequently. Beat on medium speed two minutes.
  2. Pour batter into 24 paper-lined muffin cups, filling each cup 2/3 full.
  3. Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire rack. Frost with cream cheese frosting. Decorate with sprinkles, if desired.

Up next: More gorgeous green treats

Originally published February 2012. Updated March 2017.

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