Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day, so I’m sure you’re all excited to drink green beer (if you’re of age, of course) and pinch anyone who isn’t wearing green. Consider yourself warned. Joe and I will be celebrating tomorrow with my mom’s cousins (all of whom are 100% Irish, although that shouldn’t surprise you since I’m so naturally pale). There will be cabbage, corned beef, and Irish soda bread among the other, non-Irish food.
I love this holiday. Not enough to decorate our place with shamrocks (I’m going for a “Spring” theme over here at the moment) but enough to wear green and bake delicious, St. Patrick’s appropriate treats. Baking is equal to love, anyway.
Seeing as we are married and technically adults now, I decided that I would bring a dessert to the party. The only problem is I have absolutely no idea what I would like to make. There are too many options! I’ve been able to narrow it down to five options below (there are some more ideas on in Spring Things Pinterest Board), but I’ll need your help deciding because I honestly want to eat all of it…
1) These cake pops are originally from Bakerella. Let’s be honest here: who doesn’t have a huge crush on Bakerella and all of the adorable things she makes? I believe the answer is no one. I haven’t been brave enough to make cake pops, but maybe this is the perfect time. Everyone loves food on a stick, but I love these for the same reason I love that cake – you bite into it and there’s a pop of color.
2) I have always wanted to make a rainbow cake (like this one made by Michele @ Decor and the Dog). The great thing is that it’s adaptable to make a St. Patrick’s Day cake by just using greens, just like this one I found at i am baker. It’s such much fun because it just looks like a plain cake and then you cut into it and Bam! It’s all kinds of festive.
3) Mint chocolate chip cookies from Betty Crocker’s Flickr page. Oh my goodness, why haven’t I found/thought of/made these before?! They are so festive for St. Patrick’s Day but remind me of wonderful things like Thin Mints. Even if I don’t make these this weekend, I’m going to need to try these out at some point.
4) First things first, one of my guilty pleasures is Better Homes & Gardens, which is where I found these shamrock cookies from. Now that I’ve gotten that out in the open, let’s talk about how amazing these cookies look! So festive! It looks like it’s just a simple sugar cookie (with a dash of peppermint extract). My friend, Rose, told me that she’s seen these cookies made with hearts for petals, which is a great idea. Definitely a manageable baking task.
5) Whoopie pies are wonderful and do not need an excuse to be eaten. I found these shamrock whoopie pies over at Homemade by Holman and now I’m smitten. I’ve seen them done for Valentine’s Day (also cute) but I think I like these more (after all, green is our safety color).
Which option do you think I should make for the party tomorrow? Do you have a baking go-to for this holiday? Will you be eating corned beef and cabbage (I’ll be passing on that dish)? Drinking green beer? Anyone have special plans to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?