St. Patty’s Day Sugar Rush

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Click here for this WWF Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Bailey's Irish Cream Frosting recipe by "Skinnytaste"!

I love you all.  You should know this.  Especially after taking a look at all the tender love and care that I put into finding tasty desserts for you to try this St. Patty’s Day!  I found something for everyone – cheesecake, cookies, brownies and cupcakes.  AMAZING.

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Click here for this Guinness Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe by "Lea and Jay"

Last year for St. Patty’s Day I posted a recipe for Corned Beef and Cabbage.  Pretty typical Irish fare.  That has always been the crowd pleaser, the belle of the ball, the star of the show at our house.  Dessert on St. Patty’s Day is usually an afterthought (if only that were the case for the other 364 days of the year).  This year, I’m giving you a smorgasbord of choices to make for the family!

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Click here for this Guinness Chocolate Cheesecake recipe by "Closet Cooking"!

In case you don’t know exactly what the origin of St. Patty’s Day is, I’ll give you the quick and dirty version.  It commemorates Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.  Interesting fact, Saint Patrick was NOT Irish.  He was born in Roman Britain in the fourth century and was kidnapped at age 16 and brought  to Ireland to be a slave.  He eventually escaped, became a bishop, and went back to Ireland to “Christianize” the country whose people were largely practicing polytheism (no, they did not pray to leprechauns and pots of gold were not involved either).  He used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity (because of the three leaves) hence why it became the featured symbol.  Saint Patrick is the “Champion of Irish Christianity”, therefore he was given a feast day, which over time because a cultural holiday celebrating the Irish in general.  If you’re interested in more of the background of the holiday, check out it’s Wikipedia page!

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Click here for this Irish Coffee Blondies recipe from "Baked Bree"!

I’m not one for in-your-face evangelism, so don’t get all confused and flustered and think I’m trying to turn you all into Catholics or Christians or anything!  I just want you to enjoy a fun day of green clothes, corned beef and beer/liquor-laced sweets :)  I think I’ll be making the Chocolate Stout Cupcakes since they’re actually WWF!  Woot Woot!  I’ll also be roasting my cabbage this year rather than cooking it in the crock pot since I found an awesome recipe to try.

So put on your green shirt, or even some green pants if you have them, drink a little beer, eat some corned beef and cabbage, listen to some Celtic music (or Flogging Molly), chase a leprechaun, find some gold… do whatever makes your St. Patty’s Day just a little bit more fun!

No-Bake Cheesecake Filling

Umm… YES PLEASE!

Remember when I said that I wasn’t going to post any more cookie recipes and that I wanted to make a pie? Well, this isn’t a cookie recipe… but it didn’t actually make it into a pie crust. It made it into a bowl… and then onto a spoon and then into my mouth. But it’s still not a cookie! So I kept my promise :)

This was pure bliss. PURE BLISS. I found a recipe for no-bake cheesecake on Gina’s Skinny Recipes Blog, but I felt like it was calling for just a bit too much lemon. I’ve already expressed my distaste for sweet lemony things. And I wasn’t about to ruin this cheesecake experience. I whipped it into shape, added a little vanilla and a little lemon and topped it off with some sliced banana! It was a perfect dessert because it was rich, decadent and creamy, but you know when to stop for all those reasons. We all know that too much decadence doesn’t sit well in the stomach (although some of us have a habit of ignoring those obvious signs). I was able to make this last for almost a week! That’s a freaking RECORD in my house. And for cheesecake, no less! Here’s the recipe!

Decadence on it’s way to my belly.

No-Bake Cheesecake Filling
Servings: 8 (as if it was in a pie)
PointsPlus Per Serving: 3

Ingredients

  • 1 8oz block 1/3 less fat cream cheese, 13 PP
  • 1 8oz tub cool whip free, 8 PP
  • 1/4 cup sugar, 5 PP
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions
1. Whip together cream cheese and sugar until nice and creamy.

2. Add in whipped cream. Then add in vanilla and lemon. Whip for a few minutes until desired consistency is met (about 3 minutes). VOILA!

If you want, put it in a graham cracker crust and serve as an actual pie (just count the points for the crust!). Or try mixing it up a little. Maybe you want a different flavor…. add in a different extract. Want it chocolatey? Use some cocoa powder. Use filo dough and make little mini cheesecakes and top off with cut up fruit like kiwi, strawberries, blueberries or banana. Make it layered with crumbled graham crackers or vanilla wafers and fruit (or fruit compote!).

There are all sorts of ways to make this a nice personalized dish. And with spring just around the corner, your options will be greater! It’s also a fantastic dish to make for a party. Quick, easy and delightful. It doesn’t get much better!

Here are a couple of other cheesecake recipes that might strike your fancy (gotta give shout-outs to awesome blogs!)
No Bake Cheesecake with a Maple Pecan Crust
No Bake Cheesecake with Raspberry Sauce
Almost No Bake Tofu Cheesecake