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St. Patrick’s Day Food: Irish Soda Bread and Shamrock Pretzels

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We continue our St. Patrick’s Week today with some traditional Irish Soda Bread and kid-friendly Shamrock Pretzels. Yesterday I shared some recipes for Appetizers and Main Dishes.

Do you cook a St. Patrick’s Day Dinner?

These Shamrock Pretzels are easy and fun to make, starting with dough in the bread machine makes them even easier. I started with a pretzel recipe that I found over at Frugal Upstate, shaped them into Shamrocks and added a little cinnamon, sugar and green sugar.

Shamrock Pretzels

Shamrock Pretzels

Kid-friendly Shamrock Pretzel recipe from HoosierHomemade.com


  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 3 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, seperated
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • Cinnamon and sugar mixture to sprinkle on top
  • Green Sugar to sprinkle on top


  1. Separate egg and place all ingredients except egg white in bread machine, and set to dough cycle {my machine takes 1 hr and 20 min}.
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  3. Turn dough out on a well floured surface.
  4. Knead dough until not sticky.
  5. Divide dough {I used a knife and cut each piece in half until I had 16 pieces per half}.
  6. Roll 4 pieces for each Shamrock.
  7. Form Shamrocks on a cookie sheet sprayed with non-cooking spray.
  8. Beat egg white, brush onto Shamrock, sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar mixture and green sugar.
  9. Bake at 375 degrees for about 8-10 minutes.

Even though Irish Soda Bread was not invented by the Irish, it is a very common bread served on St. Patrick’s Day. While most breads have yeast to make them light, Irish Soda Bread does not contain yeast, so it is a heavy, dense bread. And although I’m not a huge bread fan, I do like this bread. The dried cranberries and orange zest adds a lot of flavor to it.

Irish Soda Bread Recipe :: HoosierHomemade.com

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  1. I have a question for shamrock pretzels: I do not have a bread machine can I just have them rise in a covered bowl in a warm area?

    Thank you,

  2. me either. I think I am going to try making some this weekend though. should be fun, if not messy!

  3. jennifer w. says:

    Love these, but do you have the directions for not using the bread machine? My kids were just asking for this type of pretzel the other day.

    1. Jennifer, I’m sorry I don’t. But let me do a little search and I will let you know.

  4. Yummy! I love pretzels. I have a pretty good recipe, but will have to compare it with yours. Love the shamrock design.

  5. FromTheHeartsof says:

    I have never made soda bread. I will have to try it this year. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Thank you for all your heart and soul that you put into each and every recipe that you post! You make it all look so tasty and easy!

    1. Kristin, Thanks so much! I’m thrilled that you like the recipes I post.

  7. I have made it, but only do for St Patricks Day. I have a whole wheat one that I like to make that’s really good. I love your pretzels! Too cute!

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