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6 St. Patrick's Day Desserts to Make the Day Even Sweeter

Kristine is an expert editor, writer and 'The Office' binger.

Who needs green beer when you can have green-dyed desserts on St. Paddy's Day?

Creamy Irish coffee martini recipe

Serves 1 

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces Irish cream liqueur
  • 2 ounces Irish whiskey
  • 2 ounces chilled brewed strong coffee
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Vanilla whipped cream (recipe follows)
  • Green sprinkles (optional)

Directions:

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker half full with ice. Add the Irish cream, Irish whiskey, coffee and vanilla extract; shake until well mixed and chilled. Strain into a martini glass.
  2. Top it with a dollop of vanilla whipped cream and green sprinkles if desired.

Vanilla whipped cream recipe

Yields about 2 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick Pure Peppermint Extract (optional)
  • Coarse sugar (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl with an electric mixer on high speed, beat the heavy cream, powdered sugar and vanilla extract until stiff peaks form.
  2. If desired, wet the outside rim of a martini glass with peppermint extract. Dip the glass in coarse sugar to lightly coat.

Green-with-envy cheesecake bar recipe

Who needs green beer when you can have green-dyed desserts on St. Paddy's Day?
Image: McCormick

Serves 24

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 cups chocolate wafer cookie crumbs (about 30 cookies)
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick Pure Peppermint Extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Green Food Color
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 ounces semisweet baking chocolate, melted

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl, mix the cookie crumbs and butter. Press firmly onto the bottom of a foil-lined 9-inch-square baking pan. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. In a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the cream cheese and sugar until well blended. Add the sour cream and peppermint extract; mix well. Add the eggs one at a time, beating on low speed after each addition just until blended. Pour 1/2 the batter over the crust. Tint the remaining batter green with food coloring and pour it over the batter in the pan.
  3. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the center is almost set. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  4. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. Lift it out of pan onto a cutting board and cut it into bars. Drizzle the bars with melted chocolate. Store leftover bars in the refrigerator.

More: 10 St. Patrick's Day Green Food Recipes Kids Will Absolutely Love

Who needs green beer when you can have green-dyed desserts on St. Paddy's Day?
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