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25 Irish Desserts (+ Easy Recipes)

Homemade Shamrock Cookies

Ireland is famous for its lush green landscape and rolling hills. When it comes to food, Irish cuisine is known for stews, colcannon, and of course, beer!

But believe it or not, Irish desserts deserve their fair share of praise, too.

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I did some digging around and found some truly delicious recipes for Irish treats that you just have to try.

From classic soda bread to something a little boozy, your guests will feel so lucky when you whip up these 24 Irish Desserts.

1. Chocolate Chip Irish Soda Bread

Soda bread gets its name from the use of baking soda over yeast. It’s really that simple.

But this humble bread doesn’t just have to be a quick side for dinner.

With this recipe, you’ll add in some oats for texture and chocolate chips because… well, chocolate! 

Serve it warm with some honey and butter, and you’ll never want it plain again.

2. Irish Apple Cake

With fall in full swing, there’s nothing better than an apple cake fresh from the oven.

This dessert is perfect with an afternoon coffee. It’s not too sweet and has chunks of apple with a scone-like texture, making it totally acceptable for breakfast.

3. Shamrock Shakes

I think Shamrock shakes should be available year-round.

Mint-chip ice cream tastes just as good in winter is it does in the spring.

This recipe is easy to make for kids and adults. Just don’t get the glasses mixed up!

4. Irish Whiskey Truffles

With just 6 ingredients, you can have a homemade box of whiskey truffles in no time. 

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The combination of whiskey and chocolate is surprisingly good, and the honey works to cut through the bitterness perfectly.

5. Irish Porter Cake

This traditional fruit cake is not for those who like delicate, sweet flavors.

Made with dark porter ale, you can still taste it after baking. Plus, you should add a drizzle while the cake is still warm to help keep the cake moist. 

6. Barmbrack

This sweet bread is made with raisins, sultanas, and glace cherries.

Popular around Halloween, you will often find trinkets baked into the dough. These trinkets are meant to show you what’s coming in the following year.

7. Irish Coffee

I never understood having coffee after a meal… until I found out you can lace it with whiskey!

Mix your hot coffee with whiskey and sugar, then use a spoon to gently top with heavy cream for a decadent and warm liquid dessert. 

8. Three Ingredient Potato Candy

No, I haven’t gone mad.

Yes, this is really candy made with potato.

Make sure you start with extra smooth potatoes for the best results. 

Once you try these out and realize how good they are, why not switch it up with some Nutella?

9. Irish Yellowman Candy

Think of this as the Irish cousin to honeycomb. 

A sugar thermometer is a must for this recipe. It can go from ‘hard crack’ to burnt in the blink of an eye!

10. Irish Shortbread

Buttery and crumbly, shortbread is such a simple but delicious treat.

What makes it Irish?

This recipe calls for Irish butter! Trust me, its worth it.

11. Irish Shortbread Toffee Bars

Also known as millionaire shortbread, this recipe combines buttery shortbread with sweet caramel and chocolate.

If you want to really make it Irish, add a little whiskey or Baileys into the caramel. 

12. Irish Oat Cookies

Irish oat cookies are a little less sweet than normal, focusing more on the Irish butter flavor. 

Perfect with a cuppa (cup of tea), they are crispy on the edges and deliciously chewy in the middle. 

13. Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème

This recipe comes together in just 10 minutes.

Smooth and silky chocolate mixes perfectly with an Irish cream syrup for a grown-up dessert that will leave you licking the bowl. 

14. Irish Oat Flapjacks

Flapjacks are such a traditional recipe, and everyone has their own preference. 

With just 4 ingredients, these are so easy to change up, depending on your mood. 

15. Shamrock Cookies

These are the perfect little cookies for St. Patrick’s Day.

If you want to go that extra mile, add some mint extract instead of vanilla to get that real Shamrock flavor. 

16. Ridiculously Easy Sticky Toffee Pudding

This is a big favorite of Brits. The only thing they argue about is if it should be served with ice cream or custard.

Being naturally sweetened with dates, you won’t feel guilty about that incredible toffee sauce.

17. Plum Pudding

If you’re looking for something a little different this Christmas, why not try out something that screams Irish Christmas?

The ingredients list is long and includes carrots, breadcrumbs, plums, and a pint of Guinness. 

But if you put in the time and top it with brandy sauce, I promise you’ll never look back.

18. Irish Lemon Pudding Tart

The Irish lemon tart differs from other lemon tarts by being a little milder in flavor. 

However, the shortbread crust and luscious lemon custard are a great combination for any occasion.

19. Traditional Irish Bread and Butter Pudding 

Bread pudding is a cheap but easy dessert. 

Made with bread slices, sultanas, and a sweet egg mixture, it makes a lovely warm dessert.

I like to soak my raisins in hot tea to add another layer of flavor.

20. Irish Croissant Bread Pudding

Not only does this recipe take it up a notch by using croissant, but they want you to soak your raisins in whisky.

I don’t think I need to go on…

21. Potato and Apple Pudding

Again, you’re gonna have to trust me.

The potato mixture acts like a pastry in this recipe and works so well with the spiced apples. 

22. Bailey’s Irish Cream Cake

The cake in this recipe is moist and has such a tender crumb crust, that it would be perfectly acceptable alone.

But once you try this Bailey’s glaze, you’re probably going to want to put it on everything.

23. Bailey’s Cheesecake

The espresso powder in the cheesecake will really help to bring out that Bailey’s flavor. But if you can’t find any, this recipe will still be crazy good without it. 

Looking for a little less chocolate? Try using a shortbread base instead. 

24. Traditional Irish Scones

Scones are so versatile that you can serve with cream, jam, honey, butter, fresh fruit, or even bacon.

How are these different from English scones? These have citrus rinds included for a more unique flavor.

25. Orange-Scented Whiskey ‘Soufflé’ Pie

One last recipe with potatoes!

This pie is more like a souffle cake, in that it will lose its height as it cools. 

Whatever you call it, the orange and whiskey flavors are so good, you won’t need anything on the side. 

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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