9 Easy St. Paddy’s Day Treats for Kids

updated Nov 28, 2023
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Lucky Charms marshmallow bites
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St Patrick’s Day is a holiday that I tend to avoid celebrating with my family. I’m half Irish, but this minor holiday feels frivolous for my young kids who already have visits from the Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny, and Santa — do they really need to set leprechaun traps and search for gold coins?

Still, St Paddy’s Day falls on a Sunday in the middle of rainy spring this year, so at the very least we can spend the day in the kitchen making a few festive treats — rainbows and gold sprinkles included. These are 10 recipes that are easy enough for my 4- and 7-year-old to help with, and strike the balance of festive but not fussy.

St. Paddy’s Day Treats for Kids

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Lucky Charms Marshmallow Bites
Lucky Charms lovers, rejoice in this cereal-meets-snack bar mash-up perfect for St. Paddy's Day.
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Leprechaun Lemonade

College kids drink green beer, but the elementary set drinks Leprechaun Lemonade! Earn bonus points with your kids by also making the rainbow ice cubes below and grabbing some edible gold glitter or sprinkles to top each glass.

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Mint Chocolate Puppy Chow

New rule: Every holiday must include its own Puppy Chow recipe. This one involves lots of chocolate and a little bit of mint. Make sure you’ve got green sprinkles on hand.

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Matcha & Dark Chocolate Popcorn with Sea Salt

The festive green popcorn is just as enjoyable for kids as it is adults. We recently made a version with semi-sweet chocolate instead of dark and my little kids seemed to prefer that to the dark chocolate called for.

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Mint Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
A recipe for chocolate crinkle cookies infused with fresh mint, perfect for your holiday cookie plate.
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Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars

These bars are especially great if your school has any St. Paddy’s Day celebrations the following Monday. All you need to do is swap the pink food coloring for green and add rainbow sprinkles.

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Irish Potato Candy
Irish potato candies may look like adorable little potatoes, but they're actually so much sweeter.
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Rainbow Pizza

This can be a St. Paddy’s Day dinner option, if you’re not making slow cooker corned beef (because, let’s be honest, kids aren’t really into cabbage).

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Rainbow Fruit Salad

Rainbow fruit salad is perfect if you need a snack to take to school or a play date, or you just need a quick but totally fun lunch or dinner addition.

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