10 Easy St. Paddy’s Day Treats for Kids
St Patrick’s Day is a holiday that I tend to avoid celebrating with my family. I’m half Irish, but this minor holiday feels frivolous for my young kids who already have visits from the Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny, and Santa — do they really need to set leprechaun traps and search for gold coins?
Still, St Paddy’s Day falls in a year where we need celebration, so at the very least we can spend the day in the kitchen making a few festive treats — rainbows and gold sprinkles included. These are 10 recipes that are easy enough for my 4- and 7-year-old to help with, and strike the balance of festive but not fussy.
Like you need an excuse to buy a treat box of Lucky Charms once a year, right? But here it is. This is the easiest, most parenting-winning recipe you can make. Put the kids to task pulling out extra Lucky Charm marshmallows for topping the bites while you melt the butter and marshmallows.
College kids drink green beer, but the elementary set drinks Leprechaun Lemonade! Earn bonus points with your kids by also making the rainbow ice cubes below and grabbing some edible gold glitter or sprinkles to top each glass.
These are actually as fun to make as they are to pop in a glass, and provide a good exercise in chopping and mincing for your littlest sous chefs. If you can, make these the night before so they have plenty of time to freeze solid.
The festive green popcorn is just as enjoyable for kids as it is adults. We recently made a version with semi-sweet chocolate instead of dark and my little kids seemed to prefer that to the dark chocolate called for.
New rule: Every holiday must include its own Puppy Chow recipe. This one involves lots of chocolate and a little bit of mint. Make sure you’ve got green sprinkles on hand.
These cookies are relatively easy and fulfill my personal craving for a deep chocolatey treat for St. Paddy’s Day — since we won’t be baking a Guinness Cake this year.
These bars are especially great if your school has any St. Paddy’s Day celebrations. All you need to do is swap the pink food coloring for green and add rainbow sprinkles.
Irish potato candy is admittedly a little involved, but it can be a good way to talk about the historical roots of St. Patrick’s Day and keep little hands busy with rolling.
This can be a St. Paddy’s Day dinner option, if you’re not making slow cooker corned beef (because, let’s be honest, kids aren’t really into cabbage).
Rainbow fruit salad is perfect if you need a snack to take to school or a play date, or you just need a quick but totally fun lunch or dinner addition.
This post originally ran on Kitchn. See it there: 10 Easy St. Paddy’s Day Treats for Kids