Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Everyone can be Irish on St. Patrick's Day. That's part of the fun and celebration of this delightful Irish holiday. And this month we have brought you some fun and easy recipes that will be sure to please leprechauns of all ages.

Lucky Pudding and Magic Milk can be made by even the littlest lad or lassie. So grab your favorite green apron, put on some bagpipe music and cook up these wonderful treats to share with your friends.

Lucky Leprechaun Pie

What you need:

  • 1 small box of instant pistachio pudding
  • Milk
  • 1 ready-made graham cracker pie crust
  • Cool Whip
  • Green candy sprinkles

What you do:

Make the pudding according to the package directions for a pudding pie. Pour the pudding mix into the pie crust. Spread whipped cream over the top. Decorate with green sprinkles. Chill until time to serve.

Makes 1 pie.

Paddy's Favorite Punch

  • 1 quart lime sherbet, softened
  • 1/2 (one-half) cup limeade concentrate
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 (12oz) can lemon-lime soda
  • 1 to 2 cups ice, crushed
  • Blend the sherbet, limeade and sugar in a large punch bowl. Add the ice. Slowly pour in the soda. You can float lime slices on the top for decoration as well.

Lucky Pudding

  • Instant vanilla pudding mix
  • Green food coloring
  • Baby food jars or small containers with a lid

Prepare pudding like it says on the box. Put a small amount of pudding in each jar. Add a couple of drops of green food coloring on top of the pudding. Put on the lids. Let the children t stir or shake the "magic" and watch it turn green.

Magic Milk

What you need:

  • Green food coloring
  • Milk
  • Glass for each child

Add a drop of green food coloring into an empty glass. Pour milk into the glass. Stir carefully. The milk magically turns green!

Shamrock Ice Cream Sandwiches

What you need:

  • 1 recipe butter cookie dough
  • 3 or 4 drops green food coloring
  • 1 pint pistachio or mint ice cream
  • Optional: shamrock cookie cutter

What you do:

  1. Make the cookie dough adding the food coloring when you add the liquid ingredients. Cover and refrigerate the dough until firm (at least 4 hours.)
  2. After the dough is chilled preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough out on a floured surface to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out cookies with your favorite cookie cutter. Place cookies on ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake 8 to 20 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned around edges. Remove the cookies from the cookie sheet and let cool.
  4. While the cookies are cooling take the ice cream from freezer; let stand at room temperature to soften slightly, about 10 minutes. Spread 4 to 5 tablespoons of ice cream onto bottom of half of cookies. Place the rest of the cookies, flat side down, on ice cream. Press cookies together lightly.
  5. Wrap each cookie sandwich in foil or plastic wrap and freeze until firm, at least two hours
  6. Makes 6 to 8 cookie sandwiches.

Butter Cookie Dough


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

What you do:

Combine butter, sugar, brown sugar and egg yolk in medium bowl. Add the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix dough well. Cover the dough and refrigerate about 4 hours or until firm.

Makes about 3 cups of dough.