5 St. Patrick’s Day treats to make with your little elves

Your kids will love making — and eating! — these St. Patrick’s Day themed treats

By Charlotte Linde, Editor of Macaroni KID EATS and Macaroni KID Cedar Rapids

March 14, 2023

It’s that time of year when the world turns green and elves roam the streets. St. Patrick’s Day!

Many adults think of Reubens and corned beef for this special day, but there are plenty of other colorful and delicious ways to celebrate that kids will especially enjoy! So if you’re looking for tasty treats to treat your little elves this St. Patrick’s Day…well, you’ve reached the end of the rainbow! We have five easy treat ideas that will make your kids feel the luck of the Irish:

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Green Chocolate Chip Cookies

Who doesn’t love a good cookie? Start with your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe (or use a mix if you’re short on time. We won’t tell!). Then, add a few drops of mint extract to the paste to give it that extra St. Patrick’s Day kick. Finally, mix in a few drops of green food coloring until you achieve the desired color, then bake according to recipe instructions. You’ll have a batch of delicious and festive cookies perfect for celebrating the green of the Irish.

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2. Green pancakes

Make your pancakes green like a four-leaf clover: Add a few drops of green food coloring to your batter, and you’ll be ready to flip them! Add whipped cream and green sprinkles, or garnish with lucky charms for extra fun. These green pancakes make St. Patrick’s Day breakfast unforgettable.

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3. Lucky bars

Make crispy rice cereal bars as always, but replace the rice cereal with your favorite leprechaun cereal – Lucky Charms! The lucky bars are sure to bring a smile to your little one’s face…and the best part is, they only take a few minutes to make!

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4. Lucky Green Shake

What would St. Patrick’s Day be without a deliciously creamy Lucky Green Shake? You don’t have to leave the house to get one, just mix vanilla ice cream with a little milk, a dash of mint extract and a few drops of green food coloring. Add whipped cream and sprinkles and…your own lucky green shake at home!

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5. Rainbow fruit skewers

Load up your rainbow-colored skewers with strawberries, pineapples, kiwis, blueberries, and any other colorful fruit you can find! These skewers are the perfect way to add a little whimsy to your St. Patrick’s Day celebration, while encouraging your kids to eat their fruit for the day. Tell them to channel their inner rainbows… and enjoy!