Festive St. Patrick's Day Treats

They say everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day -- so get your kids in the spirit with these easy recipe ideas. From veggies and baby food to cupcakes, there's something for everyone.

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Four-Leaf Cupcakes

Tina Rupp

Four-Leaf Cupcakes

You can make these adorable clover-topped treats using your favorite cupcake recipe or mix. Green candy spearmint leaves add St. Patrick's Day flair.

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Shamrock Snack

Lucy Schaeffer

Shamrock Snack

When your little leprechauns get hungry, give them this healthy treat. Luckily, it delivers plenty of vitamins A and C.

To Make:
1. Remove the seeds from a long, thin sweet pepper and slice into several rings.
2. Jazz them up more by slicing a few of the rings into smaller pieces for stems.
3. Arrange shamrocks on a plate with a dollop of honey-mustard dip -- your kids' own tiny pot of gold.

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One-Minute Cookies

Lenora Gim

One-Minute Cookies

Get your kids in the St. Patrick's Day spirit with these super fast no-bake treats. Just pick up a package of soft-baked sugar cookies and press out shamrocks with a 3-inch cookie cutter. Add a bit of color by pressing green sprinkles onto the cookies, and you're done!

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Shamrock Soup

Monica Buck

Shamrock Soup

Here's a festive recipe even Baby can enjoy! Just follow these easy, step-by-step instructions to transform a pea puree into a tasty soup for the whole family. Now that's lucky.

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Taters for Tots

Lenora Gim

Taters for Tots

Pint-size potatoes, such as fingerling and red bliss, make a high-energy after-school snack or a great kiddie side dish with dinner. With this green pesto topping, they're perfect for St. Patrick's Day.

To Make:
1. Pierce potatoes and microwave on medium-high for 3 to 5 minutes. Let cool.
2. Cut in half and scoop out flesh of potatoes into a bowl (leaving the skin in shape). Add 1 tablespoon butter and 2 tablespoons of prepared pesto, and mash together. Spoon potato mixture into skins and serve.

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Luck O' the Irish Cookies

Rita Maas

Luck O' the Irish Cookies

It's easy to transform simple sugar cookies into an assortment of lucky-charm cutouts. Just follow a basic sugar cookie cutout recipe (below) and top with bold icing and coordinating colored sugars.

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Creamy Broccoli Soup

Mary Ellen Bartley

Creamy Broccoli Soup

Serve up a green-themed dinner with this hearty broccoli soup. Use a clover-shape cookie cutter to make the crouton topping extra special.

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Over the Veggie Rainbow