25 Irish Dessert Recipes for the Holidays

Whether you’re looking for something sweet to serve guests or a special dessert to enjoy yourself, these 25 recipes are sure to please.

1. Authentic Irish Apple Cake

Authentic Irish Apple Cake
Authentic Irish Apple Cake (from The view from great island)

This is a true Old Fashioned Irish Apple Cake. This version has a delicious custard that can be used as a topping or drizzle, many choose not to use the custard.

This great tasting apple cake has an oat streusel topping. The best apples to use in this dessert would be Granny Smith apples.

2. Chocolate Potato Cake with Irish Potato Candy

Chocolate Potato Cake with “Irish Potato Candy” Frosting
Chocolate Potato Cake with “Irish Potato Candy” Frosting (from Real Irish Desserts)

As odd as it may sound to some, this Chocolate Potato Cake with Irish Potato Cake is one of the best I have ever tasted. Made with shaved chocolate and cocoa, this cake is rich in flavor.

There is a block of cream cheese within the mix that makes this super moist.

3. Vegan Irish Oatmeal Layer Cake

Vegan Irish Oatmeal Layer Cake
Vegan Irish Oatmeal Layer Cake (from Fragrant Vanilla Cake)

You will think this is similar to a German Chocolate Cake, however, this is even better. It is oatmeal the way it should be, in a delicious dessert. That also makes a dessert that is healthier than many others.

This cake is relatively easy to make, just be sure to oil the pan, even if you use parchment paper.

4. Irish Cream Mousse Cake

Irish Cream Mousse Cake
Irish Cream Mousse Cake (from Gretchens Vegan Bakery)

Chocolate mousse mixed with Irish Cream, what could be better than this? Nothing! When you top it with an Irish Cream Buttercream frosting, there is no comparison to a specialty shop cake.

Rich in flavor, creamy and delicious, made with a fudge brownie mix that sets this above all others. A triple dose of chocolate for those who love the idea of chocolate.

5. Irish Cream Cupcakes

Irish Cream Cupcakes
Irish Cream Cupcakes (from Cook Nourish Bliss)

A decadent cupcake is the perfect ending to a delicious meal. This is a cupcake that uses both coffee and Irish Cream. It is like morning coffee in a treat. Super moist, chocolatey and tasty, and so easy to make.

6. Irish Potato Cakes

Irish Potato Cakes Recipe
Irish Potato Cakes Recipe (from Retrobite)

I love this recipe when I have a small amount of mashed potato left, but not enough for a meal.

This is a versatile recipe that can be added to with a choice of spices or other ingredients. For me, these are best when topped with smoked Salmon.

7. Irish Tea Cake with Whiskey Butter

Irish tea cake with whiskey butter
Irish Tea Cake With Whiskey Butter (from The Dessert Spoon)

Dried fruits and nuts is what makes this tea cake the best you can serve for morning, afternoon or evening tea. The fruit gives a satisfying taste, while the cake is moist, with the perfect pecan taste.

8. No Bake Irish Dessert

No-Bake irish dessert
No-Bake Irish Dessert (from Global Bakes)

This is also known as Irish Fifteens. This only takes minutes to prepare, then toss it in the refrigerator to chill.

There are not just fifteen ingredients, the name comes from the fact that you use 15 marshmallows, 15 candied cherries, and 15 graham crackers. This dessert is rolled into the shape of a log and then sliced.

9. Irish Potatoes Candy

Irish potatoes candy
Irish Potatoes Candy (from Food)

No, there are no potatoes in this treat. They look like miniature potatoes when they have been made. These are more like a miniature cream cheese no-bake cookie that is then rolled in cinnamon.

You could also roll these in chocolate for more of an Easter Treat.

10. Irish Apple Cake with Custard Sauce

Irish apple cake with custard sauce
Irish Apple Cake With Custard Sauce (from Of Batter And Dough)

I love a good spice cake and this one brings it one level better than a plain cake. The Irish Apple Cake has crisp apples in the batter and cinnamon to bring more of a fall taste to the mix. Top this with a delicious custard sauce to really make it special.

11. Irish Porter Cake

Irish Porter Cake
Irish Porter Cake (from Craft Beering)

A spicy, dark cake filled with delicious fruit and spice. This cake is moist and that is because it is made with porter ale.

The flavor of this cake always tastes better the second day. But, do not wait to have a good slice of this cake as soon as it cools down a little.

12. Irish Affogato

Irish Affogato
Irish Affogato (from Liquor)

Irish Affogato is a delicious combination of coffee flavored ice cream, Irish Cream, and cold brew coffee.

It is the perfect pick me up when the afternoon doldrums hit and you need that lift, but want a delicious flavor with it.

13. Shamrock Irish Cream Dessert Shots

Shamrock Irish Cream Dessert Shots
Shamrock Irish Cream Dessert Shots (from Potluck. Oh My Veggies)

A perfect little dessert for St. Patty’s Day. Not only is it tasty, it is one of those treats that is truly lovely to look at.

Simply this dessert is made of brownies, cool whip, and pudding mixed with green food coloring and sprinkled with gold colored Sprinkles or sugar once these are ready to serve.

14. Irish Shortbread Cookies

Irish Shortbread Cookies
Irish Shortbread Cookies (from Food)

Shortbread cookies are loved all over the world. There are so many great recipes that include shortbread. This recipe turns out to be flaky and super rich. What makes this good is that it is even easier to make.

15. Traditional Irish Soda Bread

Traditional Irish Soda Bread
Traditional Irish Soda Bread (from Cooking)

Irish Soda bread is a traditional quick bread. It is a quick bread because there is no yeast in the recipe. For bread, this is a very easy bread to make from scratch and you can have it ready in less than an hour.

Irish soda bread came to be at a time when ingredients were not easily accessible financially. The cross is made on the top to ward off the devil, according to legend.

16. Grandma’s Irish Soda Bread

Grandma’s Irish Soda Bread
Grandma’s Irish Soda Bread (from Sallys Baking Addiction)

This bread has a golden outer crust with a dense texture on the inside. The inside is actually quite soft, even when it does not look like it would be.

This bread is super tasty with just a hint of sugar. Buttermilk is an essential ingredient, so I advise you not to skip on it.

17. Traditional Irish Scones

Traditional Irish Scones
Traditional Irish Scones (from Bigger Bolder Baking)

For me, scones are like a buttery biscuit. When you make scones, there is a wide variety of ingredients that could be added to the mix to make them blueberry, apple or cinnamon scones. They could be left plain, which for me is my favorite.

18. Baileys Jelly And White Chocolate Mousse

Baileys Jelly And White Chocolate Mousse
Baileys Jelly And White Chocolate Mousse (from Cook Republic)

A simple and quick dessert that is made quicker when using corn flour. This white chocolate mousse has a bit of Bailey’s on top with a couple of raspberries. This makes a great dessert made with a great winter drink.

19. Irish Bread Pudding With Whiskey Caramel Sauce

Irish Bread Pudding With Whiskey Caramel Sauce
Irish Bread Pudding With Whiskey Caramel Sauce (from My Bakinga Addiction)

St. Patrick’s Day is a day that has so many different choices for desserts, it is unbelievable. This Irish Bread Pudding is one of those.

Allowing the Irish Soda bread or french bread to soak up the flavors in the custard ahead of time will give it an extra creamy texture and flavor. Top it with a delicious Whiskey flavored caramel sauce for a warming and delicious dessert for anytime of the day.

20. Irish Cream Fudge Brownies

Irish Cream Fudge Brownies
Irish Cream Fudge Brownies (from Browned Butter Blondie)

Fudgy brownies covered with a creamy Irish cream buttercream frosting and then covered with a thick chocolate ganache. This dessert will have the wildest tastebuds calmed down when they want chocolate. This is one of the best desserts that I have tasted.

21. Gort’s Reprieve Irish Coffee

Gort's Reprieve Irish Coffee
Gort’s Reprieve Irish Coffee (from Bon Appetit)

A wonderful coffee drink that will not only wake you up, but it will also warm you up at the same time. The great taste of Irish cream in my favorite morning beverage. This would be the perfect way to spend the lazy weekend enjoying your favorite television shows.

22. Vegan Green Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Vegan Green Irish Soda Bread Recipe
Vegan Green Irish Soda Bread Recipe (from Organic Spa Magazine)

St. Patrick’s Day just is not the same without the green foods, the green drinks and the wonderful flavors included. The Soda bread uses green spinach to color the bread the perfect green coloring.

The bread then also has an extra delicious flavor when the spinach is added. One of my favorite treats and I love the color.

23. Bailey’s Truffles

Baileys truffles with milk & dark chocolate and a drizzle
Baileys truffles with milk & dark chocolate and a drizzle (from Janes Patisserie)

Using milk chocolate and dark chocolate these are the truffles that you would think are illegal to sell, but they are perfectly legal!!

These are super rich in flavor and quite easy to make. They, of course, have the delicious Bailey’s flavor that sets them apart from other truffles.

24. Irish Oat Cookies

Irish Oat Cookies
Irish Oat Cookies (from Daffodil Kitchen)

These cookies are loaded with the great taste of oats. They become the perfect biscuit to use as a snack for a long drive, as I learned too easily.

These are delicious, crunchy and very traditional. These are available everywhere in Ireland, which is where I fell in love with them.

25. Delicious Irish Plum Pudding

Traditional Irish Plum Pudding Recipe For Christmas
Traditional Irish Plum Pudding Recipe For Christmas (from Irish Central)

A perfectly flavored Plum pudding just in time for the Holidays. The tradition of plum pudding is based a lot on Superstition and when is the best time to make it.

The true Irish Plum Pudding includes thirteen ingredients to represent Christ and His disciples. The true Plum Pudding that has spices, fruits and nuts. This is meant to be eaten warm and fresh.