Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Favorite St. Patrick's Day Desserts

I love dessert. Holidays are the perfect time to celebrate with a rich, delicious, sweet dessert. Here are some of my favorites:

Shamrock Sugar Cookies

Make your favorite sugar cookie recipe or buy some refrigerated sugar cookie dough and cut out some shamrock cookies to frost and decorate. Decorate with green or white frosting green sugar. If you don’t have a shamrock cookie cutter, cut out some circles and decorate with green or white frosting and sugar. These cookies can be eaten or used to decorate cakes and cupcakes.

Rich Mint Brownies
(Taken from the Honest to Goodness Abraham Lincoln Cookbook)

1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
16 ounces chocolate syrup
½ cup melted butter
4 eggs
Mint Frosting
½ cup softened butter
1 pound confectioners sugar
¼ cup milk
2 teaspoons peppermint extract
10 drops green food coloring
Chocolate Glaze
½ cup butter
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips

Mix together brownie ingredients and pour into greased 11x16 inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, cool completely.
Beat together Mint Frosting ingredients. Spread evenly over cooled brownies. Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes. Melt chocolate glaze ingredients, mix together and spread on top of mint frosting. Refrigerate until firm. Cut into small squares.

Lime Jell-O Cake

1 box white cake mix
2 boxes lime Jell-o
1 8 ounce carton Cool Whip
Green food coloring

Prepare white cake mix as directed on box. Pour into 9X13 greased cake pan and bake as directed. While cake is baking, make Jell-o as directed and put in freezer to thicken but not jell completely. Punch holes in baked cake with the bottom of a wooden spoon and pour jello on top of cake. Cool completely. Tint Cool Whip green with the food coloring use it to frost cake. Sprinkle with nuts and/or colored sugar. Keep refrigerated until served.

Green Velvet Cupcakes

½ cup shortening
½ cups sugar
2 eggs
2 ounces green food coloring
1 tablespoons cocoa
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup buttermilk
2 ½ cups sifted cake flour
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon baking soda
Cream shortening, eggs, and sugar on bowl. In another small bowl, mix food coloring and cocoa. Stir into creamed mixture. Mix in vanilla and butter. Stir in flour and milk alternately mixing well after each addition. Stir in vinegar and baking soda. Fill cupcake papers 2/3 full and bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees until a toothpick can be inserted and pulled out clean. Frost and decorate.

Grasshopper Pie
(Taken from Simply Recipes)

20 oreo cookies (40 halves), fillings discarded, cookies crushed
5 Tbsp butter, melted
3/4 cup hot milk
24 large marshmallows
1/4 cup creme de menthe liqueur
2 tablespoons white creme de cacao
1 cup whipping cream, whipped
Optional A drop or two of green food dye.

Preheat oven to 425°F. In a bowl, mix crushed oreo cookie halves and butter. Pat into bottom and sides of 10 inch pie dish. Bake in oven for 5 to 10 minutes; remove from oven and cool completely. Once cooled, place in freezer to chill.
In saucepan, melt marshmallows in milk over medium heat. Remove from heat and cool. Add creme de menthe and creme de cacao, and mix well. Add a drop or two of green food dye if desired. Fold in whipped cream. Pour into chilled pie shell. Freeze for 3 or 4 hours.Serves 8. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream.

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