St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes

St Patrick's Day Cupcakes

There are a few things that instantly come to mind when I think about St Patrick’s Day – shamrocks, the color green, and peppermint. These super fun and delicious St Patrick’s Day Cupcakes encompass all of these things, in the spirit of the holiday. The cupcakes have layers of peppermint flavor, and inside each cupcake you’ll find a surprise.

You know I’m all about semi-homemade recipes, so to create these cupcakes you can use your favorite prepared sugar cookie dough and chocolate cake mix. We’ll just be doctoring them up a bit to create something extra special!

St Patrick Cupcakes

I baked a piece of Peppermint Patty inside each cupcake, and took advantage of a 50% off discount on the Valentine’s Day candies. They melt when they bake, so it doesn’t matter if they’re not round.

For the Shamrock Cookies

Prepare your favorite sugar cookie recipe or use prepared refrigerator dough. Add several drops of green food coloring to the dough and knead until it is well incorporated. Cut cookies from dough, using a small shamrock shaped cookie cutter. Place cookies on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle tops of cookies with green sugar sprinkles. Bake according to recipe or package directions.

St Patrick Cupcakes

For the Cupcakes

Prepare your favorite chocolate cake mix or recipe, adding 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract. Fill paper lined muffin cups 1/2 way full. Place a piece of Peppermint Patty candy on top of the cupcake batter. Spoon remaining batter on top of candy.

St Patrick Cupcakes

For the Frosting

I prepared my favorite butter cream frosting recipe, adding 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract and 3 drops of green food coloring. Using a pastry bag and a large star tip, swirl the frosting on to tops of cooled cupcakes. Garnish each cupcake with a shamrock cookie.

St Patrick Cupcakes

If you enjoyed these St Patrick’s Day Cupcakes, please check out these other recipes and crafts for St Patrick’s Day: Green Macaroni and Cheese, Pea Pesto, and Leprechaun Paper Plate Craft.

This is a blog hop! Link up your favorite St Patrick’s Day recipes!

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  1. What a neat idea. I love cupcakes but I always eat too many so I rarely make them.

  2. Cookie, cupcake and candy, all the basic food groups according to my kids. These will be a hit with them.

  3. Christina Kelbel says:

    These are super, they sound great and look cute too.

  4. I’m with you! Semi homemade is the way to go whenever I can get away with it and those cupcakes look delicious!

  5. I think I saw you working hard on these yesterdays. I was curious to see the finish product. They look yummy. =)

  6. These look absolutely delicious and fun to make! Not to mention they are adorable!

  7. I love the Shamrock cookies on top of the cupcakes! Not only are they a cute decoration, but you get to eat a cookie AND a cupcake ;) I haven’t decided what treat to make for St. Patrick’s Day yet – these might have to be on the list.

  8. Geea lots of goodies and treat here for St. Patricks Day. The cupcakes sound really good. I am going to have to try a bunch of these recipes. My grandson likes to help me in the kitchen. Thanks so much for them all

  9. How delicious do these look? I’m drooling over here. And I love the simple sugar cookie touch on top.

  10. Wow, these look amazing and super cute!

  11. I am so impressed. I’m Irish and would need a LOT of luck to make these come out as well as yours. I can give it a shot though. Thanks for the instructions and photos!!

  12. Oh dear everything that is precious! I want one! Now! I am definitely pinning to come back and make in the very, very near future!!!

  13. What a great idea. I love this idea. I want to start baking now.

  14. Super cute and my kids love biting into their muffins and cupcakes to find a surprise!

  15. Oh yum, looks so inviting with a big glass of milk! Such a clever combination of cookies, the peppermint patty and a cupcake.

  16. Such greatr festive recipes. I am so making those peppermint patty cupcakes!

  17. These cupcakes look amazing! I pinned it to my Cupcakes board. Thank you. {Such a great idea to have a St. Patrick’s Day link up too!}

  18. These are adorable!

  19. I’m a semi-homemade mom so I adore this recipe! Love the peppermint patty in the middle. I would love one of these right now!

  20. These look so good!

  21. Stacey Roberson says:

    I love the cupcakes with the peppermint patty inside. What a clever idea! Love the St. Patty Day DIY stuff. Everything is really cute!

  22. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    This is a great idea for a St Patick’s Day treat. I love the shamrock cookie on top of the cupcake

  23. As soon as I saw the Peppermint Patty ingredient, I was sold. All my favorites are in this cupcake. Sure hope I ca make them look like you did! Thanks much!

  24. Those look and I am getting hungry!

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