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St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes

As seen on WKTV NEWSChannel 2 Harried Housewife St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes

St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes

St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes

Quick to prepare and ideal for a crowd, the following recipe for St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes are perfect for any St. Paddy’s Day celebration.

Simply combine packaged cake mix and pudding mix along with a few other on-hand ingredients, and a homespun cupcakes can be ready for the oven in a matter of minutes. And just like magic, the frosting can be whipped up in short order, too. Add a few drops of green food color to both the cake and the frosting for a batch of cupcakes as pretty as the Irish countryside.

And when it comes to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, be certain to wear your lucky shamrock. After all, this is a day when all are Irish. Erin-go-bragh!


1 (16.5 ounce) package plain white or yellow cake mix
1 (4-serving size) package instant pistachio pudding and pie filling mix
4 eggs
1 cup water
2/3 cup vegetable oil
3 to 4 drops green food color (optional)
Whipped Cream Frosting
Green candy sprinkles (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 24 muffin cups or line with paper liners. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, water, oil, and food color, if desired. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed until moistened, about 30 seconds. Increase speed to medium; beat 2 minutes. Divide into muffin cups. Bake until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool 5 minutes before removing to wire racks. Cool completely. Frost with Whipped Cream Frosting; garnish with candy sprinkles, if desired. Makes 24 cupcakes.


1/4 cup instant pistachio pudding mix (from a 4-serving size package)
1 pint heavy (or whipping) cream
3 to 4 drops green food color (optional)
In a medium bowl, combine pudding mix and heavy cream. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until slightly thickened. Add food color, if desired. Continue beating until thickened and peaks form.

Here are more St. Patrick’s Day recipes

Irish Shortbread

As seen on WKTV NEWSChannel 2 Harried Housewife Irish Shortbread

Irish Shortbread

Irish Shortbread

Irish shortbread is a mouthwatering example of simplicity at its finest. In the traditional style of the foods from Ireland, this recipe calls for minimal ingredients but turns out cookies that are full of flavor.

Since few ingredients are necessary when making shortbread, it’s important to use top-notch ingredients for optimal taste. Irish butter is the best choice and good quality brown sugar also is preferred.

Whether you enjoy them on St. Patrick’s Day or any time throughout the year, these tasty tidbits are filled with an authentic taste of the Emerald Isle.


3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) Irish butter (such as Kerrygold), softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
Green sugar crystals (optional)
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a large bowl, combine butter and sugar. Beat with an electric mixer until well blended. Add flour, cornstarch, and salt; knead lightly until blended. Divide dough into six (3 1/2 to 4-inch) mini fluted tart pans; press into bottoms and up the sides of pans. (You also can pat or roll dough into a round about 1/2-inch thick on a lightly floured surface; cut into shapes as desired.) Pierce with the tines of a fork. Sprinkle with green sugar crystals, if desired. Bake until golden, 25 to 30 minutes. Immediately cut each pan of shortbread into 4 wedges. Cool completely in pans. Makes 24 cookies.

Green Beer

Green Beer

Green Beer

It won’t be long before lads and lasses will be raising their glasses in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. A long-held tradition on this special day is to indulge in a refreshing glass of green beer with family and friends.

As pretty as the Emerald Isle itself, this colorful drink will bring the luck-o’-the-Irish to those who imbibe. And sipping this vibrant drink from a classic mug like this one from Anchor Hocking is even better. Just stash the mugs in the freezer for at least an hour before serving for the ultimate in frosty goodness.

So go ahead and enjoy a bit of magic on this special day. After all, St. Patrick’s Day is a day when all are Irish—and this is always cause for celebration. Cheers!

(For a refreshing, nonalcoholic drink featuring the 40 shades of green, try this recipe for Limesicle Shakes. Enjoy!)

An Irish Toast

I drink to myself and one other
And may that one other be he
Who drinks to himself and one other
And may that one other be me!

Author unknown

(Adjust the amount of green food color drops to the size of mugs used.)

1 or 2 drops green food color
8 ounces beer

Place 1 or 2 drops food color in a frosty, 8-ounce glass; fill with beer. Sláinte!

Thanks to Anchor Hocking for providing drinkware

Limesicle Shakes

As seen on WKTV NEWSChannel 2 Friday, March 14, 2014

Limesicle Shakes

Limesicle Shakes

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and the 40 shades of green with a frosty beverage as pretty as the landscape of Ireland.

Perfect for both children and adults, this refreshing drink calls for minimal ingredients and can be whipped up in no time. Keep the ingredients on hand for a last-minute treat that can easily be adjusted by using your favorite gelatin in place of lime.

Sprinkle with candy shamrocks to add a festive touch in honor of St. Patrick—and don’t forget your shamrock on St. Patrick’s Day. After all, March 17 is a day for the wearin’-o’-the-green. From my family to yours, Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Cheers!

(Since there’s no such thing as having too many green beverages, here’s a recipe for Green Beer. And here are a couple more St. Patrick’s Day recipes. Enjoy!)


1 pint vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt
1/4 cup lime gelatin (from a 4-serving size package)
3/4 cup milk or reduced-fat milk
1/4 cup half-and-half or fat-free half-and-half
3 to 4 drops green food color (optional)
Whipped cream (optional)
Candy sprinkles (optional)
In a blender, combine ice cream, gelatin, milk, half-and-half, and food color, if desired. Blend until thickened, about 25 seconds. Pour into glasses; top with whipped cream and candy sprinkles, if desired. Makes 3 servings.