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Top 17 St. Patrick's Day Recipes Your Kids Will Love

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Ready to make some delicious treats for St. Patrick’s Day? From savory stews to sweet treats, there are so many delicious St. Patrick’s Day recipes out there. Irish or not, one of the best ways to celebrate this holiday is through food.

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated every March 17 in honor of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Whether you’re in the mood for corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, or soda bread, there are plenty of traditional Irish recipes to choose from. And for those with a sweet tooth, green cupcakes and shamrock cookies hit the spot.

No matter what you choose to make, St. Patrick’s Day is a great time to gather with friends and family to enjoy some delicious food and drink. Kids will love helping and eating the finished products. Don’t forget to download the Krazy Coupon Lady app and set your grocery store as a favorite so you can get food deals on the ingredients.


1. St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Cupcakes

Cups of different colored batter next to some rainbow cupcakes

Separate cake batter in bowls, and dye each batch a different hue. Then start layering in a lined cupcake tin and bake as directed on the recipe. Easy-peasy!


2. Pumpernickel Reuben

A pumpernickel Ruben sandwich with fries

Yes, corned beef and cabbage is the standout favorite for St. Patrick’s Day, but for a portable and delicious alternative, try a sandwich.


  • 8 slices of pumpernickel bread
  • 1/2 lb thinly sliced corned beef
  • 8 slices of Swiss cheese
  • 1 cup sauerkraut, drained
  • 1/4 cup Thousand Island dressing
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened


  1. Preheat a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Spread one tablespoon of butter on one side of each slice of bread.
  3. Place four slices of bread, butter side down, in the skillet.
  4. Layer each slice of bread with corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Thousand Island dressing.
  5. Top each sandwich with the remaining slices of bread, butter side up.
  6. Cook each side of the sandwich until the bread is golden brown and the cheese is melted, about 3-5 minutes per side.
  7. Slice in half and serve hot.


3. Irish Potato Pancakes

A stack of potato pancakes on a green tablecloth

Irish potato pancakes, also known as boxty, include a few simple ingredients, but the result is crispy, scrumptious magic.


  • 2 cups of grated raw potatoes
  • 1 cup of mashed cooked potatoes
  • 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • Sour cream or applesauce, for serving


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the grated raw potatoes, mashed cooked potatoes, flour, milk, baking powder, salt, pepper, and beaten egg. Mix well.
  2. Add one tablespoon of butter to a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Scoop about 1/4 cup of the potato mixture onto the skillet for each pancake, using the back of the spoon to flatten and shape the pancake.
  4. Cook the pancakes until golden brown and crisp on both sides, about 3-4 minutes per side.
  5. Transfer them to a plate and keep warm.
  6. Add more butter to the skillet as needed and cook the remaining batter.
  7. Serve hot with a dollop of sour cream or applesauce on top.


4. Irish Beef Stew

A bowl of Irish beef stew

Irish beef stew is a traditional dish that’s hearty and filling. Serve it with crusty bread or over mashed potatoes. For adults, pair it with a pint of Guinness or other Irish beer.


  • 2 pounds beef chuck, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Season the beef with salt and pepper, then coat in flour.
  2. Brown the beef on all sides, about 5 minutes.
  3. Remove the beef from the pot and set aside.
  4. Add the onions and garlic to the pot. Sauté until softened, about 5 minutes.
  5. Pour in the beef broth and water. Stir to scrape up any browned bits on the bottom of the pot.
  6. Add the potatoes, carrots, celery, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaves, thyme, and rosemary to the pot.
  7. Return the beef to the pot and stir to combine. Bring the stew to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 2-3 hours, or until the beef is tender and the vegetables are cooked through.

Serve hot with mashed potatoes or crusty bread.


5. Irish Soda Bread

A loaf of Irish soda bread with a piece cut out

Irish soda bread is a traditional Irish bread made with baking soda and buttermilk instead of yeast. It’s dense, moist and a little sweet. Some folks add sugar or raisins, including me!

Make a simple Irish soda bread by combining 4 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 1 3/4 cups of buttermilk, and 1/4 cup of melted butter. Knead the dough briefly, shape it into a round loaf, and bake it in the oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 40-50 minutes. Serve warm with butter and jam.



6. St. Patrick’s Day Biscuits

A plate of biscuits with an herb shaped like a clover baked into each one

Start your St. Patrick’s Day with buttery biscuits that have a hint of green.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • Green food coloring
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened


  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, garlic powder, and baking soda.
  3. Add the cold butter cubes and use a pastry blender or your fingers to mix the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. Next, add the buttermilk until the dough comes together.
  5. On a floured surface, knead the dough for 1-2 minutes and then roll it out to 1/2 inch thickness.
  6. Use a biscuit cutter or drinking glass to cut out rounds. Try a clover-shaped cookie cutter.
  7. Place the biscuits onto a greased baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Top the dough with a parsley sprig.
  8. While the biscuits are baking, mix the softened butter, parsley, and a few drops of green food coloring in a small mixing bowl until well combined.
  9. Serve the biscuits hot with a dollop of green butter on top.

7. Shepherd’s Pie

A pan of shepherd's pie with some taken out

Shepherd’s pie is a classic and savory baked dish that typically consists of a layer of ground meat, vegetables, and a rich gravy, topped with a layer of mashed potatoes. It’s a hearty and comforting dish, especially during the colder months of the year.


  • 1 lb ground beef or lamb
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2-3 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup beef or chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 cups mashed potatoes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Cook the onion until softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the ground beef or lamb and cook until browned, about 10 minutes. Drain any excess fat.
  4. Then, add the chopped carrots, frozen peas, tomato paste, broth, and Worcestershire sauce to the skillet. Stir to combine. Season to taste.
  5. Transfer the meat mixture to a baking dish, and spread the mashed potatoes over the top of the meat mixture.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the potatoes are lightly browned and the filling is heated through.


8. Irish Potato Candy

Some potato candy treats in a bowl

Mix together 1/4 cup of softened butter, 4 ounces of cream cheese, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 4 cups of powdered sugar to make a dough. Roll the dough into small, potato-shaped balls, then roll each ball in cinnamon to create a “potato skin” effect.


9. Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches

Some mint chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches

Because mint and chocolate go perfectly together—’nuff said. Bake store-bought or homemade chocolate chip cookies and let them cool. Add one heaping scoop of mint ice cream in between two cookies and chow down.

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10. Corned Beef and Cabbage

A corned beef and cabbage dinner on a plate with carrots and potatoes

Nothing says St. Patrick’s Day like this flavorful combination. Make a classic dinner with corned beef, cabbage, carrots, and potatoes.


  • 1 corned beef brisket (about 4-5 pounds)
  • 1 head of cabbage, cut into wedges
  • 8-10 small red potatoes, quartered
  • 5-6 medium-sized carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 bottle of dark beer (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon mustard seeds
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Rinse the corned beef brisket under cold water and pat it dry with paper towels.
  2. In a large pot, combine the water, beer (if using), mustard seeds, coriander seeds, black peppercorns, bay leaves, garlic, and onion.
  3. Add the corned beef brisket to the pot and bring the liquid to a boil.
  4. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let the corned beef simmer for 2-3 hours, or until it is fork-tender.
  5. Once the beef is cooked, remove it from the pot and keep it warm by wrapping it in aluminum foil.
  6. Add the chopped carrots and potatoes to the pot and let them simmer for about 10-15 minutes.
  7. Next up, add the cabbage wedges and let them cook for an additional 10 minutes, or until they are tender but still slightly crisp.
  8. Slice the corned beef against the grain and serve it with the vegetables, along with some of the cooking liquid as a sauce.


11. Simple Shamrock Cupcakes

A plate of cupcakes decorated for St Patrick's Day

Use a basic vanilla cupcake mix, and bake according to the directions. Once cooled, top the cupcakes with green frosting. Add green sprinkles or other shamrock candies.

12. Irish Flag Yogurt Bowl

A close up on a bowl with kiwi, yogurt, and mandarin oranges arranged to look like the Irish flag

It doesn’t get much easier than this — just start with vanilla yogurt and add kiwi and oranges. Another St. Patrick’s Day idea is to make a yogurt parfait.


13. Rainbow Waffles

Rainbow colored heart-shaped waffles arranged on a blue background

Separate your pancake mix into 5 or so different containers, and dye each a color of the rainbow. Pipe each batter color onto a hot waffle iron for a fun breakfast.



14. Colcannon

A plate of colcannon

Colcannon is basically mashed potatoes with either kale or cabbage, as well as butter, milk, salt, and pepper. Serve it alone or as a side dish. However you eat it, it’s a great way to use up leftover mashed potatoes. And, it’s easy to make by sautéing kale or cabbage and mixing it into the mashed potatoes with butter and milk. Some variations include chopped scallions or bacon.


15. St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Bark

Chocolate bark decorated with green and shamrock candies

You only need three ingredients to make this delicious bark: green candy melts, white chocolate, shamrock-shaped sprinkles, and green M&M’s.



  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Melt the green candy melts and white chocolate separately in microwave-safe bowls according to package instructions. Stir occasionally until smooth.
  3. Pour the melted candy onto the prepared baking sheet and spread it out with a spatula until it is about 1/4-inch thick.
  4. Then, pour the white chocolate evenly on top of the green melts. Top with sprinkles and the green M&Ms, pressing them down slightly so they stick.
  5. Refrigerate for about 15-20 minutes, or until the candy has hardened.
  6. Remove the bark from the refrigerator and break it into pieces with your hands or a knife.

16. St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Treats

Some white chocolate pretzels as clovers stuck together with a chocolate kiss and green m&m

Arrange a Hershey’s Kiss in the middle of three white-chocolate covered pretzels, and place in a 200-degree oven for just four minutes. Poke a pretzel stick through the slightly-melted Kiss and top it with a green M&M.


17. Smoked Salmon

Slices of bread topped with smoked salmon

Smoked salmon isn’t a traditional Irish food, but it has become a popular ingredient in modern Irish cooking. Eat it for breakfast or as an appetizer on toasted bread. Add some cheese crumbles and you’re set.


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