No-Bake St. Patrick's Day Dessert

No-Bake St. Patrick's Day Dessert
Since the holiday originated in Ireland, the observation of St. Patrick’s Day brings up all things Irish. Because of this, the Blarney Stone is often mentioned in conjunction with the holiday (although in actuality it has absolutely nothing to do with it). It’s pretty common for food which will be served on St. Patrick’s Day to be given an Irish name, and there are probably hundreds of desserts that have been given the name, Blarney Stone(s); this recipe for No-Bake Blarney Stones is named as such, and the only thing about these cookies that is actually Irish is that they contain oatmeal. The actual Blarney Stone isn’t green (it’s bluestone, a type of limestone and from the pictures looks gray), but most of the cookies, candies, and desserts named for it are tinted green.
The actual Blarney Stone is a piece of stone that was set into Blarney Castle, (located near Cork, Ireland) in the late 1400’s. According to the official site of Blarney Castle, kissing the Blarney Stone will give the kisser the gift of eloquence and he will never be at a loss for words. Incidentally, the Blarney Stone was actually named the most unsanitary tourist attraction in the world; eating these homemade No-Bake Blarney Stones should not pose a sanitation problem, but, depending on the amount of food coloring used, may require a quick check of the teeth.

48 Blarney Stones

2 cups sugar
3/4 cup butter
1/2 cup light cream or evaporated milk
1 3 oz. package instant pistachio pudding
green paste food coloring, (optional)
3 1/2 cups oatmeal
  1. Line two jelly-roll pans or baking sheets with parchment or waxed paper.

  2. Mix the sugar, butter, and light cream in a saucepan; cover and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.

  3. When the mixture boils, remove the lid and whisk in the pudding mix and food coloring, if using.

  4. Remove from the heat and stir in the oatmeal.

  5. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto the parchment-lined sheets.

  6. When set, store in an airtight container.

Amount Per Serving
Calories 97 Calories from Fat 36
Percent Total Calories From: Fat 38% Protein 4% Carb. 58%

Nutrient Amount per Serving
Total Fat 4 g
Saturated Fat 2 g
Cholesterol 11 mg
Sodium 38 mg
Total Carbohydrate 14 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Sugars 8 g
Protein 1 g

Vitamin A 3% Vitamin C 0% Calcium 0% Iron 2%

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