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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. Guinness Chocolate Cake

Get your St. Patrick’s Day started with this melt-in-your mouth Guinness Chocolate Cake.

Each bite is packed with chocolatey flavor and a decadent layer of Bailey’s buttercream frosting.

This cake proves that chocolate and beer really do make the perfect combination.

Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an extra special treat.

2. Irish Apple Cake

This Irish apple cake is an old-fashioned favorite.

Topped with an irresistible streusel topping, this might just be my favorite dessert.

It’s like a cross between coffee cake and apple pie. Two of my favorite things!

Perfect for breakfast with a warm cup of coffee.

3. Shamrock Shakes

This boozy Shamrock shake is perfect for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration!

It’s a delicious combo of Mint chocolate chip ice cream, Bailey’s Irish Cream, and colorful sprinkles on top.

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Perfect for adults and kids alike! Just be sure to leave out the Bailey’s Irish Cream in the kids version.

4. Irish Whiskey Truffles

With just 5 ingredients, you can have a homemade box of whiskey truffles in no time. 

The combination of whiskey and chocolate is surprisingly good. It’s also perfect for get-togeters and gift boxes.

5. Irish Porter Cake

This Irish Porter Cake is here to prove that fruit cakes CAN be delicious!

This traditional Irish dessert is made with dried fruit, hearty spices and porter beer.

Plus, this one gets even better after a day or two. So you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the leftovers with a strong cup of coffee.

6. Traditional Irish Barmbrack

This fruit loaf is delicious and full of flavor thanks to the mix of spices and dried fruits.

7. Irish Coffee

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

St. Patrick’s Day simply isn’t complete without a warm cup of Irish coffee.

Top it off with some whipped cream for the perfect dessert drink.

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. 

25 Irish Desserts (+ Easy Recipes)

Looking for the tastiest Irish desserts? You’re in luck! From cakes, to cookies, to shamrock shakes, these 24 treats are like finding a pot of gold.

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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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