Recipes for a Fantastically Fun St. Patrick's Day Party
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You don't need to find a four leaf clover or a pot of gold to strike it rich this St. Patrick's Day. All you have to do to fete the Emerald Isle is follow our easy roadmap for a magically delicious and fantastically fun Celtic celebration.
A Lucky St. Patrick’s Day Party
Can you hear the bagpipes and feel like you’re on the Emerald Isle? We can, especially now that we’ve thrown this easy Pot of Gold St. Paddy’s Day Party, a celebration of all things Celtic.
-Go green and gold for this party, including clovers and pots of gold at the end of the (licorice) rainbow.
--The green runner we used is a roller blind from Ikea but green paper or fabric will work too.
--Have `Waking Ned Devine` playing on the TV.
--Make green Jell-O in dollar store beer mugs and top with whipped cream for a treat for all ages.
-At the dollar store, stock up on green accessories (moustaches, hats, glasses) and green clover grass that you can use as placemats.
FUDGY MINT BROWNIES
Back in the day, we envied the Girl Scouts, all decked out in sashes and patches, selling delectable Thin Mints to the drooling Mom masses. Today, though we aren’t ones to try to upstage the children, we’re pretty sure they’re going to be green with envy -- these Thick Mints (trademark pending) are moist and fudgy chocolate mint brownies covered in a creamy white chocolate frosting. One delicious bite of these and you’ll see that we’ve definitely earned our Brownie points.
Chocolate Mint Brownies
1½ cups butter, melted
1½ cups sugar
1½ cups brown sugar
¼ cup brewed coffee, cooled
1 tsp vanilla extract
1½ cups flour
1 cup cocoa powder, sifted
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp kosher salt
1½ cups chopped chocolate mint sandwich cookies
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup Junior Mints candy
White Chocolate Frosting
½ cup butter, room temperature
2 cups icing sugar
5oz white chocolate, chopped and melted
2 tbsp whole milk
½ tsp vanilla extract
Drop of green food coloring
Melted chocolate, to drizzle over frosting
1) For the brownies, preheat oven to 325ºF. Coat a 13x9-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Line the pan with parchment paper.
2) In a large bowl, whisk melted butter, sugar and brown sugar until combined. Add eggs, coffee and vanilla, continuing to whisk until smooth. Add flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, chopped chocolate mint sandwich cookies, chocolate chips and Junior Mints, stirring just until flour has disappeared. Spread into prepared pan and bake for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely before frosting.
3) For the frosting, using an electric mixer, combine butter, icing sugar, melted white chocolate, milk, vanilla extract and a drop or two of green food coloring. Beat on medium speed until a creamy consistency. Spread over cooled brownies and drizzle melted chocolate over top. Refrigerate for an hour before cutting.
Yield: 25-30 brownies
Want to go all the way? Serve up this tasty traditional Irish Beef Stew.
JUNIOR MINT MILKSHAKES
Are you crazy for Peppermint Patties? Do you long all year for the Shamrock Shake? Well, wait no longer because we've got a boozy, refreshing Junior Mint Milkshake, a minty blend of ice cream, candy and whiskey!
2 cups mint chocolate chip ice cream
¼ cup Junior Mints
¼ cup whole milk
1oz Irish Whiskey
Whipped cream, for garnish
Shaved chocolate, for garnish
Using a blender, combine mint chocolate chip ice cream, Junior Mints, milk and Irish whiskey. Blend until smooth and pour into a milkshake glass. Garnish with whipped cream and shaved chocolate.
For a grownup cocktail, serve up these refreshing Irish Mint Juleps.
LUCK OF THE IRISH: SHAMROCK SONGS
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
The Rocky Road to Dublin
The Chieftans & The Rolling Stones
City of Blinding Lights
St. Patrick's Day
Elvis Costello & The Attractions
I'm Shipping Up To Boston
The Irish Rover
The Pogues ft. The Dubliners
Crimson & Clover
Tommy James & The Shondells
Pot of Gold
Game ft. Chris Brown
Somewhere Over the Rainbow