7 Green-Themed Desserts to Get Those Irish Eyes Smiling

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St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t have to be a holiday dedicated only to drinking. It can be celebrated by baking, too. March 17 is the one day of the year when we can get away with baking all things green, and this year, it’s high time you take advantage of it. Even if you don’t have the luck of the Irish, gather your baking supplies and get moving. You won’t find the gold at the end of the rainbow unless you flex those baking muscles and please your little leprechauns, so this Monday, choose one of these seven recipes for a green-themed dessert.

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1. Mint Oreo truffles

First up, some finger food for your St. Patrick’s Day — mint Oreo truffles, to be exact. As this dessert’s name suggests, the star ingredient in this recipe is America’s favorite cookie, the Oreo. And not just any Oreo: seasonal Cool Mint Creme Oreos. Now you really have no excuse not to make this recipe, because it can only be baked this time of year. Get to your grocery store, pick up those Oreos, and get cookin’.

This recipe for mint Oreo truffles comes from Sally’s Baking Addiction. With only three ingredients, the dessert comes together in no time — and it can also disappear in no time, if you’re not careful. Blame it on the leprechauns.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (15.25-ounce) package Mint Creme Oreos
  • 8 ounces (224 grams) cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 12 ounces high-quality semisweet chocolate
  • optional: sprinkles and green candy melts

Directions: Process the Oreos in a food processor or blender. Pulse until crumbs are formed. Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the Oreo crumbs with the cream cheese until combined. The mixture will be thick and sticky. You may do this step by hand, using a mixer is much easier. Using your hands, roll into 30-35 balls. Place balls on two large plates, a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, or a silicone mat-lined baking sheet. Freeze the truffles for about 30 minutes.

Coarsely chop the chocolate and melt according to package directions. Working with 1 truffle at a time, coat in chocolate. Here’s how: Drop the truffle in the middle of the melted chocolate. Swirl the chocolate all around it with a fork. Pick up the truffle with a fork — do not pierce it, simply pick it up on top of the fork’s prongs. Tap the fork on the edge of the bowl to allow the excess chocolate to drip off. Place on a lined baking sheet. Top with sprinkles while the chocolate is still wet or drizzle with melted green candy melts, if using.

Refrigerate truffles for at least 10 minutes so the chocolate sets. Truffles must always be chilled and will stay fresh for up to five days in the refrigerator.

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