3 Tasty St. Patrick's Day Treats for Kids

Are the kids getting ready to chase leprechauns and find pots of gold? Some scrumptious goodies are in order to mark the celebration! Pottery Barn Kids is here to make your St. Patrick's Day magical with some simple and fun recipes for kids. These St. Patrick's Day treats for kids are quick, easy and memorable – the ideal combination for a special day with children.

St. Patricks Day Treats

Marshmallow Shamrocks

This is one of the simplest St. Patrick's Day recipes for kids because you might've already made the basic version in the form of crispy cereal marshmallow treats. You can easily adapt this idea to incorporate a variety of different colors, flavors and candies for other holidays and birthdays too. Take your favorite marshmallow treat recipe and replace some of the puffed rice cereal with marshmallow charm cereal. Add a few drops of green food coloring to the marshmallow mix, and after it sets in the pan, use shamrock cookie cutters to cut out shapes. To help the decorative marshmallow charms stand out even more, you can pick them out of the cereal mix, put them in a separate bowl and add them to the top of the treats after you put them in the pan to set.

Pot of Gold Popcorn

This adorable St. Patrick's Day treat uses golden-hued popcorn as the gold in the pot at the end of the rainbow. You can make your own kettle corn or caramel and add some golden sprinkles to the sugar mixture, or you can use store-bought popcorn in a yellow hue. This is a great opportunity to use a decorative candy cauldron from Halloween – you can heap the popcorn inside and it'll look just like a pot of gold. If you don't have a cauldron, it’s easy to use a new black plant pot or paint your own using a terracotta pot and some black craft paint. For even more fun, create a rainbow out of construction paper or paint one of your own and attach it to the back of the pot.

Rainbow Slice-and-Bake Cookies

Rainbows are a sweet, kid-friendly motif to use for St. Patrick's Day food for kids, and these cookies are a fun project you can all work on together – they’re great for giving kids a fun kitchen project to enjoy. This is another idea that’s easy to make from scratch or shortcut with a mix or pre-made dough. If you're making your own, try to choose a slice-and-bake sugar cookie recipe that doesn't involve ingredients that change the dough's color and texture.

Split your dough into six equal parts and add some food coloring in each of the six colors of the rainbow – one for each dough portion. Then, knead the coloring into the dough and roll each of the six dough portions into an even log on a clean, floured tabletop. After you lay the logs next to each other in rainbow order, you can press them together from the sides so you have a long, flat strip of rainbow cookie dough. You can smooth it out with a rolling pin, then cut into slices and bake according to your dough recipe directions before enjoying these bright treats.