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Irish Desserts... The Grand Finale to your St. Patty's Menu

Updated on November 22, 2014

The best part of a St. Patrick's day celebration is the Irish Dessert.

The grand finale to your awesome St. Patrick's Day meal, Irish desserts. Whether you are looking for something more traditional or just really fun, you will find it on this lens. I have included recipes for some of the more classic Irish Desserts.

For a more traditional approach, look for desserts which contain apples. Apples grow very well on the Emerald Isle and have been readily available throughout history. The Irish are known for their dark, rich stout, so infusing some Guinness into food is quite common. And don't forget about that Irish Whiskey, the Irish love their whiskey and add it to many foods for a flavor enhancer. The good old Bread pudding is another Irish classic which is simple to prepare and delicious to eat.

Looking for something a bit more fun? How about some Irish Desserts in shades of green or some Cupcakes with shamrocks or green icing, Glitter and so much more! The ideas are endless and so much fun!

Read on for some great Irish Dessert recipes and lots of Irish inspiration.

Photo Credit: European Cuisines

Irish Apples
Irish Apples

Ireland and the Apple

Apple trees are abundantly grown on most Irish farms and is a common ingredient in many Irish Desserts.

Did you know that before the Irish were converted to Christianity, apples were thought to be under the protection of a powerful Celtic Goddess named Brigit. And if you were found damaging someone's apple tree, you would have been required to pay back the tree owner by transferring ownership of several cows.

Apples hold a special place in the heart of Ireland and the Irish.

Photo Credit: Temple Bar Food Market, Dublin Ireland

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Apple Amber
Apple Amber

Many traditional Irish desserts contain apples. Apples grow really well in Ireland making them readily available.


  • Pastry dough for a single-crust pie
  • 4 cooking apples
  • totaling about 1 pound
  • cored and peeled
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Juice of one lemon
  • strained
  • 3 large eggs
  • separated
  • 4 ounces sugar
  • or to taste


  1. First, prepare the pie crust in a pie dish. Set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  3. Grate the apples on the grating disc of a food processor. Add the 2 tablespoons of water to a sauce pan, heat until steaming, add the apples, and cook over medium heat until the grated apple reduces itself to a puree. (The apple bits do not have to completely disappear into the puree. It's all right to leave some texture.) Remove from heat.
  4. Beat the egg yolks slightly. Add the lemon and three-quarters of the sugar to the apple puree: then add the egg, and stir well. Spoon the mixture into the pie shell and bake for twenty minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, start beating the egg whites, adding the remaining sugar gradually as you continue beating. Whip until stiff peaks form. When the pie has had its first twenty minutes in the oven, remove it and spread the meringue over the top of the pie, sealing it to the edges of the crust. Return to the oven for another 10 minutes, or until nicely browned.
  6. Serve hot or cold.
  7. Photo Credit: European Cuisines
4.7 stars from 3 ratings of Apple Amber

Green Apple KitchenAid Artisan Mixer

KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Stand Mixer, Green Apple

The KitchenAid Artisan Series Stand Mixer is best for tackling heavy tasks like kneading and mixing tougher dough. While this workhorse performs these duties well, it also does an admirable job at whipping egg whites or heavy cream.

This mixer comes with a 5-quart stainless-steel bowl and three attachments: a flat beater, whisk and dough hook. It comes in 25 color choices.

If you want to spend less, the KitchenAid K45SS Classic (*Est. $200) is nearly as powerful but only has a 4.5-quart mixing bowl.

KitchenAid KSM150PSER Artisan Series is such a wonderful appliance. You will wonder how you lived without one.

Photo Credit: Irish American Mom

Cinnamon raisin bread pudding
Cinnamon raisin bread pudding

Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding


14 medium slices Cinnamon-raisin bread (1 loaf minus the outer crusty slices)

4 large Eggs

2 cups Whole milk

1/2 cup Sugar

1fl oz Brandy

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 tablespoons Chopped crystallized ginger

1/2 cup Golden Raisins

Cooking spray (for baking dish)


1 tablespoon sugar (to sprinkle on top of pudding)


  • In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, and brandy together. Add the sugar, chopped ginger, golden raisins and cinnamon. Mix well.
  • Cut the bread into 1-inch pieces. Gently stir the bread pieces into the egg mixture. Let stand for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, while the pudding soaks.
  • Coat an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Pour the pudding mixture into the baking dish. If desired, sprinkle the top with a little sugar.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 to 50 minutes. When cooked a knife inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  • Serve warm with egg custard sauce or vanilla ice cream.

Photo Credit: Irish American Mom

Norpro 3 Piece Stainless Steel Balloon Whisk Set

Norpro Balloon Wire Whisk Set of 3 Stainless Steel Stir/Mix/Beat 6" /8"/ 10"
Norpro Balloon Wire Whisk Set of 3 Stainless Steel Stir/Mix/Beat 6" /8"/ 10"

The balloon whisk is the one to use for incorporating air into bowls of egg whites or cream. Also use it when a recipe calls for mixing together dry ingredients. It distributes and helps break up any large bits, often eliminating the need for sifting. Each Whisk is made up of stainless steel, 7 wire construction

egg custard sauce
egg custard sauce

Egg Custard Sauce


  • 1 cup Whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup Whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon Pure vanilla extract
  • 4 large Egg yolks
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon Corn Starch
  • 1/4 cup Sugar


In a large saucepan heat the cream to just below simmering point. Do not let the cream boil.

While the cream is heating whisk the eggs, vanilla, corn starch and sugar together in a medium bowl.

Continue whisking the egg mixture with one hand, while gradually pouring the hot cream into the bowl. Whisk continually to prevent lumps.

Return the custard to the saucepan used to heat the cream. Over very gentle heat continue to whisk the custard as it thickens, keeping it smooth with vigorous whisking. Allow to heat just to simmering point.

Serve hot, poured over your favorite pudding.

Custard can be prepared in advance and stored covered in the refrigerator. Reheat in a double broiler over simmering water, whisking as it heats.

Photo Credit: Irish American Mom

24-ounce Porcelain Hotel Gravy Boat with Saucer

HIC Hotel Gravy Sauce Boat with Saucer Stand, Fine White Porcelain, 24-Ounces
HIC Hotel Gravy Sauce Boat with Saucer Stand, Fine White Porcelain, 24-Ounces

Beautiful whitewares are versatile. They go with any décor and they spotlight your culinary creations. They’re made of porcelain, but don’t let that scare you, because this set is extremely durable. Take it with you, wherever you want and need it. HIC’s Hotel Gravy Boat and Saucer are microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe.

Irish Whiskey Pie
Irish Whiskey Pie

Photo Credit: Irish Whiskey Pie

Irish Whiskey Pie
Irish Whiskey Pie

Irish Whisky Pie

  • 2 unsweetened chocolate squares
  • ½ cup hot water
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup egg yolk
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ ounce unflavored gelatin (1 envelope)
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 4 tablespoons Irish whiskey
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • whipped
  • ¾ cup sliced almonds
  • 1 (9 inch) pie crusts
  • baked and chilled

Emile Henry Urban Pie Plate - 9" - Lime

1.4 Qt. Pie Dish Color: Green Apple
1.4 Qt. Pie Dish Color: Green Apple

This ceramic pie dish gently diffuses the heat to the heart of the dish, baking the food evenly and gently without drying it out. The cooked fruit or meat pie can be brought to the table, still warm, in the attractive and colourful pie plate.



  1. Combine chocolate, hot water, salt and sugar.
  2. Bring to boil, lower heat and stir until smooth.
  3. In small bowl, mix egg yolks and milk.
  4. Stir into chocolate mixture.
  5. In small saucepan, mix gelatin and water. Let stand 1 minute, then stir over low heat until gelatin is completely dissolved.
  6. Mix gelatin and whiskey into chocolate mixture.
  7. Pour into mixing bowl and place over crushed ice until syrupy.
  8. Beat egg whites until foamy and fold into chocolate mixture.
  9. Fold in whipped cream and almonds.
  10. Pour into chilled, baked pie crust and chill 4 hours.
  11. Garnish with additional whipped cream and sliced almonds.
  12. Enjoy!
  13. Recipe Adapted and Photo Credit: Irish Whiskey Pie
Irish Potato Candy
Irish Potato Candy

Irish Potato Candy


  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups flaked coconut
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • Directions
  • In a medium bowl, beat the butter and cream cheese together until smooth. Add the vanilla and confectioners' sugar; beat until smooth. Using your hands if necessary, mix in the coconut. Roll into balls or potato shapes, and roll in the cinnamon. Place onto a cookie sheet and chill to set. If desired, roll potatoes in cinnamon again for darker color.

Irish Whisky Coffee
Irish Whisky Coffee

Photo Credit: Coffee Lovin Mom

Irish coffee
Irish coffee

Original Irish Coffee & Hot Whiskey

The Original Irish Coffee Recipe

  • boiling water
  • 1-2 tsp sugar
  • 1 large measure Irish whiskey
  • slice of lemon
  • 2 or 3 whole cloves<

  1. Preheat a stemmed 6 oz. whiskey goblet (or an Irish coffee cup. See picture.) with boiling water. Pour out the boiling water.
  2. Add one jigger of good Irish whiskey.
  3. Add three sugar cubes.
  4. Pour in strong black coffee. Leave an inch below the top. Stir to dissolve the sugar.
  5. Gently pour in some very lightly whipped heavy cream to the brim. You can pour it over a spoon so it won't mix in with the coffee.
  6. Tip: You can whip the cream to a light froth by hand with a metal whisk or a fork.
  7. Don't stir after adding the heavy cream. The authentic taste of Irish coffee is achieved when you drink the coffee and whiskey through the cream.
  8. The sugar is important too. It helps keep the cream on top.
  9. Fill a stemmed whiskey glass with hot water then throw out, refilling it with boiling water. Throw this out, fill Irish Coffee the glass somewhat more than half full with coffee and add sugar to taste. Stir to dissolve, then add the whiskey. Pour the cream over the back of a spoon to float on top.
  10. Drink the hot liquid through the cool cream. If double cream is not available use lightly-whipped single (whipping) cream.
  11. Hot Whiskey, also known as 'hot Irish' or just 'punch', is a favourite winter drink in Irish pubs.
  12. Heat a stemmed whiskey glass as above. Pour in fresh boiling water to more than half full, dissolve sugar to taste, add the whiskey, a slice of lemon and the cloves. Serve at once.
  13. From the Appletree Press title:
  14. A Little Irish Cookbook

Chocolate Guinness Cake

And here is my all-time favorite dessert... Chocolate Guinness Cake. Yum! Did you know that Guinness has a hint of chocolate in the flavor? So adding it to your chocolate cake will only intensify it to the max. A guinness chocolate cake is easy to make and is oh so tasty. Give it a try to visit my Guinness Cake lens today.

A Little Irish Cookbook

A Little Irish Cookbook (Little Books)
A Little Irish Cookbook (Little Books)

A lively introduction to Irish cooking, this delightful volume contains 47 traditional recipes. The compact format makes it easy to use, and the recipes are delicious. If you are looking for just a few recipes to use on St. Patrick's Day, and don't want a large format book, than this is the one for you. Clear directions and simple ingredients make it a winner.

Guinness Stout
Guinness Stout

Drum Roll Please...

Ahhhh! Last but not least, the beer to wash it all down with.

No Irish celebration would be complete without Irish Beer.

Yep that's right, Guinness.

A Guinness would definitely go nicely, but there are so many others great Irish Beers to choose from.

For details on the different types of Irish beers please visit my lens, Best Irish Beer.

"May the leprechauns be near you, To spread luck along your way.

May all the Irish angels, Smile upon you on St. Patrick's Day."

Do you have a favorite Irish Dessert or a recipe you would like me to add to this lens. Please let me know. Thanks again for visiting. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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    • artbyrodriguez profile image

      Beverly Rodriguez 

      4 years ago from Albany New York

      I would like to taste that Irish Whisky Pie! I love desserts and this lens made me hungry.

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      5 years ago

      I got here late this year, but I will be trying one ( or maybe all) next year! Great lens :)

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      5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      @chezchazz: Thanks Chazz!

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      5 years ago from New York

      These look positively delicious! Easy to follow, beautifully written and presented. Blessed and featured on "Still Wing-ing it on Squidoo."

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      5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      @RuralFloridaLiving: Thanks so much! Have a great Holiday.

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      5 years ago

      Well done! You've come up with a great selection of desserts to try for St. Paddie's Day.

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      6 years ago

      Everything here looks so tasty. Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      6 years ago

      Here's your Irish thumbs up and that Irish Whiskey Pie looks so delicious!

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      6 years ago

      So tasty lens... Will be back to your lenses regularly

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      Rob Hemphill 

      6 years ago from Ireland

      Just dropping by to wish you a Happy St.Patrick's Day from the Emerald Isle!

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      WaynesWorld LM 

      6 years ago


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      6 years ago

      They make me so hungry. I love Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding. Great recipe you included for it. :)

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      June Parker 

      6 years ago from New York

      Lovely lens with so many links to yummy desserts. Thank you for adding one of my Irish Menus lens .I reciprocated and added it to that lens under the dessert section. *Squid Angel Blessed* and added to My Squid Angel Blessings 2012 in the "Holidays &amp; Celebrations » Saint Patrick's Day" neighborhood.

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      6 years ago from Maryland

      Thank you so much for blessing my Traditional Irish Breakfast lens and featuring it here! I am kind of obsessed with Irish food right now and you have so many great lenses on the subject...I've enjoyed looking around! :)

    • Camden1 profile image


      6 years ago

      I'm looking for a St. Paddy's dessert for bookclub this Friday, so this lens is quite helpful! Not sure which one to choose yet...

    • jolou profile image


      6 years ago

      I LOVE bread pudding! These other desserts sound good too.

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      6 years ago

      Everything looks delicious! Especially that apple pie and bread pudding. Nice job.

    • BetsyGorman profile image


      6 years ago

      Irish Potato Candy! Love it, what a clever idea! Thanks!

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      Netlexis LM 

      6 years ago

      They all look yummy, but I think I'm going to try the Apple Amber this week.


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