Irish Inspired Sweets to Make For St. Patrick's Day

Irish Soda Bread with Raisins and Caraway

Only two steps and one bowl are needed to make this simple but delicious soda bread. Serve it alongside stew or at breakfast, slathered with jam or butter. Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Ellen Silverman]

Ellen Silverman

St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner and we're planning to celebrate with more than just your typical dyed green cookies or mint ice cream. Think an Irish morning bread with a dense, raisin-flecked whole wheat crumb and a crackly sugar crust. Or wedges of buttery shortbread full of chocolate-covered toffee. Or a moist chocolate cake that includes a good pour of Irish stout. Check out those Irish-inspired ideas and more below.

Scones & Breads

Soda Bread with Dried Cranberries
Whole-Wheat Irish Soda Bread
Irish Tea Brack (Tea-Soaked Raisin Bread)
Irish Brown Bread
Soda Bread with Raisins and Caraway
Irish Morning Bread


Classic Shortbread. Lauren Weisenthal

Caraway Raisin Shortbread
Tweed Cakes (Shortbread with Toffee)
Classic Shortbread

Green Things

Shamrock Shake. Alexandra Penfold

Grasshopper Squares
Homemade "Shamrock Shakes"

With a Nip

Chocolate Stout Bundt Cake. Yvonne Ruperti

Chocolate Irish Cream Pie
Chocolate Stout Bundt Cake
Baileys Irish Cream Pancakes
Guinness, Whiskey, and Baileys Hot Chocolate
Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Irish Whiskey Filling