Saturday, March 14, 2009

St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone! Here are a couple of fun recipes for the holiday.


St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes

1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour

2/3 cup sugar

1 package (3.4 ounces) instant pistachio pudding mix

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1-1/4 cups milk

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Green food coloring, optional

Cream cheese frosting

In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients. In another bowl, beat eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; add to dry ingredients and mix until blended.
Fill paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at 375° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Add food coloring to frosting if desired. Frost cupcakes. Yield: 1 dozen. (in this photo I used a mini-muffin tin and decreased the time to about 15 min)


4 eggs

1-3/4 cups sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour

3 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup milk

1/4 cup butter, melted


2 pounds confectioners' sugar (about 7-1/2 cups)

2/3 cup milk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/8 teaspoon salt

6 cups finely chopped peanuts

In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla until thick and lemon-colored, about 4 minutes. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to egg mixture. Beat on low speed just until combined.
Add the milk and butter; mix well. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into squares. Cover and freeze overnight.
For frosting, in a mixing bowl, combine confectioners' sugar, milk, vanilla and salt; beat until smooth. (I actually split the required frosting in half and they still worked great!). Frosting the top and sides of frozen cake squares; roll in peanuts. Place on wire racks to dry. Store in a cool place (fridge is ok). Yield: 2 dozen.


  1. Is it really six cups of peanuts? That's a whole lot of nuts!

  2. I am pretty sure I only used half the amount of nuts (whoever wrote the recipe put a lot of frosting and nuts and I don't think you need nearly as much). I got three medium scoops of peanuts in the bulk nuts aisle and chopped them. Maybe 3 cups chopped?