St. Patrick’s Day Inspiration Part Deux!

Oh how I love St. Patrick’s Day!!  Well, to be honest, I love any holiday that’s an excuse to make cupcakes, but I digress.

This year, I got into the spirit with some simple green treats to share with my little leprechaun!  I was rather pressed for time this year so I kept it simple with chocolate covered pretzels and cupcakes!

The pretzels were insanely easy!  To make, place one bag of chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl.  Microwave for 30 seconds and then stir with a rubber baking spatula.   The chocolate chips will start to melt as your stir.   If after a few mixes, they aren’t quite melty, continue to microwave and stir in 15 second increments.  Once the chocolate is melted, dip your pretzels into the bowl, drip off the excess chocolate, and place on wax paper to cool and harden.

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Before the chocolate cools, give all the pretzels a quick sprinkle of St. Patrick’s Day inspired green sprinkles! The perfect finishing touch! (To make this recipe vegan, use Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips! Soy, dairy and nut free! So good!)

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Don’t have any white chocolate chips?  Prefer milk or dark chocolate?  That’s ok too! These treats look just as festive with milk/dark chocolate and golden sprinkles (Like little pots of gold!).

Next up were the cupcakes!  Also extremely easy!  Mix 1 box vanilla cake mix according to package directions.  Add in an entire bottle of liquid green food coloring.  I used traditional liquid (not gel) coloring.  And yes, it sounds like a lot of food coloring but trust me, it makes the perfect green and it doesn’t stain your hands or teeth once baked (I tested quite a few to ensure I could make that statement.  It was a sacrifice, but someone had to make sure! hehe) If that much color scares you, feel free to add in a little at a time until you achieve the perfect green for your cupcakes! Note, the final product bakes up a little lighter than the raw batter!

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To save time, I made this batch with mini cupcakes.  One box of cake mix will make approximately 72 mini cupcakes…a great option for large parties, etc!  Using a tablespoon measuring spoon, fill each mini cupcake liner with 1 tablespoon of batter.  Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees depending on your oven’s cooking time, or until a toothpick inserted in a cupcake comes out clean.

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Lovin’ that green!  Remove from the pan and allow to cool.  Using a 1M frosting tip and pastry bag (note: a gallon zip lock will also work if you don’t have a pastry bag!) Top half the cupcakes with vanilla frosting (1 tub of icing was enough for about half the batch of cupcakes).

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So pretty!  Add green sprinkles while the frosting is still wet to really seal the green St. Patty’s themed deal!  Repeat the icing technique on the other half of the cupcakes with chocolate frosting.  Use golden sprinkles to top those off!

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Allow everything to set over night.  Tip: If you live in a warmer climate, sticking the cupcakes in the fridge will help the frosting maintain it’s shape!

Last but not least, package in a cute bakery box, and share!

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We hope you have a fun, sugar filled holiday too!  Don’t forget to share with friends, nothing keeps pinchers away like a sweet green treat!

 

 

 

 

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