Festive St. Patrick's Day Treats

4 Delicious Reasons to Love St. Patrick's Day
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.
Tina Rupp
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.

Lucy Schaeffer
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.

Lenora Gim
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!

Monica Buck
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.

Lenora Gim
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.

Rita Maas
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.

Mary Ellen Bartley
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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Entice your kids to eat fresh vegetables with this St. Patrick's Day snack. To make it, fill a small bowl with guacamole and dress it up with a bell pepper rainbow, cauliflower clouds, and carrot gold!

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