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St. Patrick’s Day Dessert Idea – Leprechaun Hat Treats

I have a really fun St. Patrick’s Day dessert idea for you and your family to enjoy! Especially if the little ones love leprechauns. These Leprechaun hat treats have a marshmallow and chocolate base which means that everyone will love their tasty surprise. With just a little bit of time and luck, you can have these adorable snacks ready for your upcoming holiday get together. As a Sweeney, you know that we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day wearing green from head to toe! 

St. Patrick's Day Dessert Idea - Leprechaun Hat Treats

St. Patrick’s Day Dessert Idea – Leprechaun Hat Treats

I’ve gone online to search out different types of St. Patrick’s Day desserts and I think Leprechaun hats certainly fit the bill. When I went to Ireland and took a tour, they showed me a rumored leprechaun house. Isn’t that funny? I have to find that photo and write a post about that adventure. It was naturally as tiny as can be, but it looked like a fortress or a castle. I actually enjoyed listening to my tour guide tell me a long tale about how that house came to be, who was rumored to live in it long ago and why the locals never set foot near it at night. LOL! No, seriously – I will find that photo for you. 

Onto the dessert – this St. Patrick’s Day dessert recipe will make 12-16 hats. 

Leprechaun Hat Treats Ingredients

  • 1 package of Keebler stripped cookies
  • 1 bag of regular size marshmallows
  • 3-4 8 oz bags of Ghirardelli dark chocolate melting wafers
  • 1 bag of green candy melts
  • 3-5 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 1 package of green sanding sugar
  • 1 disposable piping bag
  • 1 cookie sheet fitted with parchment paper
  • 1 box of toothpicks

St. Patrick’s Day Dessert Idea Directions

dip cookies into chocolate

Using a double boiler, melt the Ghirardelli melting chocolate and mix well with a rubber spatula until everything is smooth.  Individually dip a striped cookie into the melted chocolate. Using a fork, flip over the cookie so that it becomes completely coated.

Carefully, pick up the cookie and lightly tap the edge of the pot. This will help you get rid of the excess chocolate. Place the cookie onto your the parchment paper.

Repeat steps with remaining cookies

dip marshmallow into melted chocolate using a toothpick

While those are drying, start dipping your marshmallows. Using the toothpicks, poke a toothpick into a marshmallow. This will be used to hold your marshmallow and it will allow you to easily dip it. Dip the marshmallow almost fully into the chocolate. You will still want to see a little of the marshmallow where the toothpick is because you will dip this side in green.

Once all the marshmallows have been dipped let them sit on the cookie sheet to completely harden. While the marshmallows are hardening, clean out your double boiler so that you can start to melt the green candy melts.

Once the double boiler is clean and dried, start to melt the candy melts.

dip marshmallow into melted chocolate using a toothpick

When the candy melts are partially melted, mix in the coconut oil. This will thin out the candy melts so that it becomes smoother. Pour the green sanding sugar in a small bowl. When your marshmallows have completely hardened, carefully remove the toothpick.

Dip the bottom into the green candy melt Carefully shake the marshmallow to get rid of excess candy melt.

Dip the marshmallow into the green sprinkles and place onto the middle of the dipped cookie. Repeat step with remaining marshmallows

Scoop some of the green candy melt into the piping bag and set aside.

Let the ‘hats’ dry for an hour so that the candy melt can harden.

Once the hour is up, carefully lean your hats along the side of the cookie sheet. Using a small pot, start to boil some water so that you can remelt the candy melt int the piping bag. Once the candy melt is melted cut a small tip off. Pipe on 3 dots onto the middle of the hat. Using a toothpick, drag the dots together so that you can connect them and make a shamrock

shamrock dessert

Pipe a line from the bottom of the dots to create the steam. Let the chocolate harden for 30 minutes before enjoying! What do you think about this shamrock dessert idea? I think it’s super fun and I am sure your children will love it. If you are looking for a DIY project to do, consider this St. Patrick’s Day Party Ideas – DIY Printed Favor Bags.  Want more dessert ideas? How about my Shamrock Cookie Recipe or my Pot Of Gold Pretzel Recipe? Both green and mean! 🙂 

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Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 package of Keebler stripped cookies
  • 1 bag of regular size marshmallows
  • 3-4 8 oz bags of Ghirardelli dark chocolate melting wafers
  • 1 bag of green candy melts
  • 3-5 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 1 package of green sanding sugar
  • 1 disposable piping bag
  • 1 cookie sheet fitted with parchment paper
  • 1 box of toothpicks

Instructions

Directions

  • Using a double boiler, melt the Ghirardelli melting chocolate and mix with a rubber spatula until smooth
  • Individually dip a a stripped cookie into the melted chocolate
  • Using a fork, flip over the cookie so that it becomes completely coated
  • Carefully pick up the cookie and and lightly tap the edge of the pot so that you can get rid of the excess chocolate
  • Place cookie onto the parchment paper
  • Repeat steps with remaining cookies
  • While those are drying start dipping your marshmallows
  • Using the toothpicks, poke a toothpick into a marshmallow
  • This will be used to hold your marshmallow and it will allow you to easily dip it
  • Dip the marshmallow almost fully into the chocolate. You will still want to see a little of the marshmallow where the toothpick is because you will dip this side in green
  • Once all the marshmallows have been dipped let them sit on the cookie sheet to completely harden.
  • While the marshmallows are hardening, clean out your double boiler so that you can start to melt the green candy melts
  • Once the double boiler is clean and dried, start to melt the candy melts
  • When the candy melts are partially melted, mix in the coconut oil. This will thin out the candy melts so that it becomes smooth.
  • Pour the green sanding sugar in a small bowl
  • When your marshmallows have completely harden, carefully remove the toothpick
  • Dip the bottom into the green candy melt
  • Carefully shake the marshmallow to get rid of excess candy melt.
  • Dip the marshmallow into the green sprinkles and place onto the middle of the dipped cookie
  • Repeat step with remaining marshmallows
  • Scoop some of the green candy melt into the piping bag and set aside
  • Let the 'hats' dry for an hour so that the candy melt can harden
  • Once the hour is up carefully lean your hats along the side of the cookie sheet
  • Using a small pot, start to boil some water so that you can remelt the candy melt int the piping bag
  • Once the candy melt is melted cut a small tip off
  • Pipe on 3 dots onto the middle of the hat
  • Using a toothpick, drag the dots together so that you can connect them and make a shamrock
  • Pipe a line from the bottom of the dots to create the steam
  • Let the chocolate harden for 30 minutes before enjoying!

 Just in case you want to tell your kids a few fun facts about leprechauns, here you go.

Fun Facts About Leprechauns

  • According to legend if a human catches a leprechaun that leprechaun must grant that human three wishes in exchange for his freedom.
  • There are no female leprechauns.
  • Leprechauns like to live alone and spend their days making and mending shoes.
  • They are known for having a hidden pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
  • Leprechauns like to drink dandelion tea.
  • Leprechauns average about three feet in height according to Irish folklore.
  • A leprechauns most well-known weakness is a four-leaf clover.

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Vera Sweeney, mom, blogger, social media influencer and New York resident, is the founder of LadyAndTheBlog.com. She is considered one of the top female digital influencers in today’s social media space. Her lifestyle and parenting brand helps busy women stay on top of the latest trends in fashion, food, family and travel.