Get the kids involved with the St. Patrick's Day cooking instead of shooing them out of the kitchen. Even the very young will enjoy creating delicious treats for the whole family to enjoy on this holiday. Allow them to have fun with their food while preparing a St. Patrick's Day menu that includes decorative rainbows and shamrocks in honor of the Irish.
Irish Soda Bread
The basic ingredients required for a loaf of Irish soda bread are 2 cups white flour, 2 cups wheat flour, 2 teaspoons baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup sugar, 4 tablespoons butter cut into pea-size pieces, 1 1/2 cups buttermilk, and 1 cup raisins. Allow the kids to mix the ingredients together and then knead for several minutes. Then bake the bread in a round cake pan, at 350 degrees F for 45 to 50 minutes.
Rainbow of Jell-O
You will need cherry, orange, lemon, lime, blue raspberry and grape Jell-o to create this rainbow. Mix one batch of Jell-o at a time and pour it into a round cake pan. Allow the Jell-o to thicken in the refrigerator. Mix the next batch, pour it over the first, and allow it to thicken. Continue doing this until the rainbow is complete. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
Use a shamrock-shaped cookie cutter to cut shamrocks out of sugar cookie dough. Decorate the cookies with green frosting and then embellish them with green sugar or sprinkles.
If a shamrock-shaped cookie cutter is not available, roll the cookie dough into small balls about 1/2 inch in diameter. Flatten the dough balls into discs and position them together in the shape of shamrocks.
St. Patrick's Day Milkshakes
Mix vanilla ice cream, milk, ice cubes, mint extract and green food coloring together in a blender or food processor to create a thick, creamy shake for St. Patrick's Day. Add crushed mint flavored chocolates to the shake with a dollop of whipped cream for added decoration and flavor.