Cooking with Guinness: Your Guide to Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

March 15, 2013 | By | Comments (4)

This weekend the Irish—and everyone who pretends to be each March—will lift glasses full of Guinness to toast to the greenest of all holidays: St. Patrick’s Day.

A good cheers and chug is always fun, but the dark lager has so much more to offer. As much as we like drinking Guinness, it’s rich, bold flavor and creamy texture make it great for sweet and savory recipes. This year, go beyond the typical drinking competitions and really treat your taste buds to a sweeter St. Patrick’s Day experience.

Luckily, (I guess we should thank the Irish for that too?) we’ve found the best lager-infused dessert recipes around. So throw on something green, and kiss the Irish cook because you can now have your Guinness and eat it too!

Photo and Recipe from E is for Eat

Photo and Recipe from E is for Eat

Irish Car Bomb Jello Shots
St. Patrick’s Day is often one huge party, and what’s a party without jello shots? This recipe takes everything we love about the Irish Car Bomb and fits it all into a bite-sized (and much more manageable) treat.

Photo and Recipe from Sprinkle Bakes

Photo and Recipe from Sprinkle Bakes

Pretzel Truffles
A dessert that’s both sweet and salty and ALSO has beer in it? Try to find a man out there that won’t like these.

Photo and Recipe from Oui, Chef

Photo and Recipe from Oui, Chef

Three-Layer Guinness and Chocolate Cake
Those with Irish eyes (or just a big sweet tooth) will be smiling after one bite of this decadent dessert.

Photo and Recipe from Magda's Cauldron

Photo and Recipe from Magda’s Cauldron

Guinness-Milk Chocolate Ice Cream
Creamy, cool, and the slightest taste of bitter, this recipe is perfect for anyone needing an excuse to finally buy their own ice-cream maker.

Photo and Recipe from Bakers Royale

Photo and Recipe from Bakers Royale

Chocolate Stout Donuts
Wake up with a healthy breakfast: beer and donuts! Okay, we know how backwards that sounds, but these donuts are baked, and you can’t very well start your St. Patty’s day celebrations on an empty stomach, now can you?

Photo and Recipe from The Galley Gourmet

Photo and Recipe from The Galley Gourmet

Chocolate Guinness Pudding with Bailey’s Whipped Cream
This ain’t your grandma’s pudding recipe. The stout lends a nice flavor to the chocolate, and the whipped topping is infused with Bailey’s Irish Cream, making a rich and decadent combination.

Photo and Recipe from Sugar & Snapshots

Photo and Recipe from Sugar & Snapshots

Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes
We couldn’t do a dessert roundup and leave cupcakes off the list. Rather than drinking your favorite beverages from the Emerald Isle, throw them into this delicious recipe and take time to actually enjoy all the flavors—though you might finish it as fast as you would the namesake because they are that good.

Photo and Recipe from Keep It Simple Foods

Photo and Recipe from Keep It Simple Foods

Vegan Chocolate Cake
Can this count as our healthy option? Despite the name, this cake recipe promises a thick, gooey, and super chocolatey taste. Use it as a gateway food to prove to the skeptics that ‘vegan’ and ‘delicious’ aren’t always at odds.

Photo and Recipe from Poet in the Pantry

Photo and Recipe from Poet in the Pantry

Car Bomb Whoopie Pies
These are sure to be a crowd pleaser. The Guinness adds a salty flavor to the cake portion and the filling is made with butter, sugar, Irish cream, and Irish whiskey—it’s basically impossible for that combination to taste bad.

So, tell us, which one will you be baking?

Note: None of these recipes were tested by the Southern Living Test Kitchen.



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  3. damjak

    Why do we think that it is ok to take two words like ‘car bomb’ and use them so lightly to name desserts, drinks, etc.? People are killed in car bombs almost everyday, all over the world. A lot of them are Americans. We don’t have food called ‘The OKC Bomb’ or ‘The Munich Massacre’, etc. It’s crass and disrespectful. This being an American publication, I would think that you would at least have a greater respect for the American men and women who serve in our Armed Forces who face this kind of threat everyday. I am not a person who is easily offended but this kind of makes me nauseous. I know it’s ‘just’ a dessert(or drink) name but if you have ever lost someone due to a car bomb, maybe you would not take it so lightly.

    March 18, 2013 at 1:07 am
  4. enriquetabrasini

    before I looked at the draft which said $8362, I didnt believe that my brother was like they say truly bringing home money in there spare time online.. there moms best frend had bean doing this less than 7 months and resently paid the loans on their cottage and got a top of the range Audi Quattro. this is where I went………..

    March 16, 2013 at 6:26 am

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