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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.