Green Velvet Cheesecake Shamrocks*

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This weekend I had my niece (Ana) and nephew (Miguel) over to hangout and hide from the rain. While the storms were raging, we fed Donald, played video games and watched movies. Half way through the afternoon Ana started getting a little restless after being stuck inside all day…so what better place to play around than in my overly stocked kitchen?

We made donuts and discussed my vast sprinkle collection (she had to taste at least half of them)…and then I remembered my Red Velvet Cheesecake Valentine Hearts. I knew Ana would love the swirls and getting to cut them out in shapes. I also remembered how tasty they were and that they would be easily passed off to the neighbors. But the best part, I knew she could do almost 90% of the work! :-)

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These little babies are so easy to put together and they make a big impact. All those pretty swirls and shapes make you like them even before you taste them! If you go back and read the reviews on the red velvet hearts post, you will also see that they are also super tasty!

What you need:

1. Shamrock Cookie Cutter РI got mine online because I like free shipping and not having to go to the store! But I know that Michaels carries them this time of year.

2. 10 x 15 Jelly Roll Pan – I found one at Target for $12 a couple years ago. But they also have those on Amazon for you other lazy bakers out there.




Green Velvet Cheesecake Shamrocks

Yield: 16 shamrocks

Recipe Note: As the recipe says, I used a 10x15 jelly roll pan. You can try to squeeze it into a 9x13 pan...but you will probably have to throw away a little of the batter.


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons milk, divided
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon green food coloring
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons white distilled vinegar


  • 12 oz (1 1/2 packages) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 10 x 15 jelly roll pan with butter or spray with Baker's Joy.

In large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder. Set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, vegetable oil, 2 tablespoons milk, vanilla extract, green food coloring, and white vinegar.

Combine the dry and wet ingredients, until completely combined (the batter will be thick). Remove 1/2 cup of the batter and place it in a medium bowl. Whisk in the remaining 1 tablespoon of milk (into the 1/2 cup of batter you just took out). Set aside the 1/2 cup batter.

Pour the remaining batter into the prepared jelly roll pan. Using a spatula, smooth out the batter to reach all the edges.

Now, in your stand mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla, beating until combined and there are no lumps. Pour the cream cheese mixture on top of the green velvet layer and smooth mixture till it reaches all the edges.

Drop spoonfuls of the remaining red velvet batter (that you mixed with milk) onto the top of the cheesecake layer. Drag the tip of a knife through the green velvet and the cheesecake layers to create swirls.

Bake for 23-25 minutes, rotating half way through, or just until the center is set and it no longer jiggles. Let cool completely on a wire rack before cutting. Use a medium sized shamrock cookie cutter to create the perfect St Patty's Day treat!


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88 Responses to “Green Velvet Cheesecake Shamrocks”

  1. 1

    Clare — February 27, 2012 @ 12:14 am

    Oh, if only I was going to be home for St. Patrick’s Day this year! These would be perfect for my fresh off the boat Irish parents party… I am going to have to forward this to my mom. They look great!

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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — February 27, 2012 @ 12:23 am

    Love the green! I have a St Paddy’s day inspired post coming out tomorrow. I am loving green food…I loved Valentine’s Day and red/pink more, but ya know :)

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    Molly — February 27, 2012 @ 1:01 am

    That’s a great idea! Who says red velvet cake has to be red? I also wonder if a hint of mint would go well, because when I see green, by brain says MINT. :) Cool idea!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — February 27, 2012 @ 1:23 am

    First off, let me say that I love Amazon. I buy EVERYTHING from there. I have prime so the free 2-day shipping is a freaking godsend. I’d much rather order my bakeware from the iPhone than go all the way to Michaels and wait in line.

    Secondly, these are ADORABLE! I love that you have cheesecake stuff for every holiday. Will have to make this soon :)

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    Kathryn — February 27, 2012 @ 4:44 am

    I love it when you can delegate most of the kitchen work – that’s the best kind of recipe.

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    Blog is the New Black — February 27, 2012 @ 5:25 am

    Awesome job!!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — February 27, 2012 @ 7:59 am

    These are awesome!!! I love how big and beautiful they are :) what a creative way to work with a kid in the kitchen!

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    Marnely Rodriguez — February 27, 2012 @ 8:09 am

    What a fun idea to do with kids and I agree, they look gorgeous!

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    thelittleloaf — February 27, 2012 @ 8:15 am

    I love that first photo – she looks SO excited! :-)

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    Marie Feighery — February 27, 2012 @ 8:19 am

    I love love love this blog. ive been making your recipes for the last few months and they just get better and better. i made these for valentines for my sisters class and they went down a treat. ill definately be making these for paddys day too, All my friends will be over before we go the parade and these are bound to make me look good.

    love from Ireland.x

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    Laura — February 27, 2012 @ 9:31 am

    What fun! I think the boys and I would enjoy making these. Thanks!

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    Alexandra — February 27, 2012 @ 9:43 am

    Very cute! I’ll have to make these on St. Patty’s Day and have them waiting as a treat after running the St. Patty’s Day 5k. :)

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    Cassie — February 27, 2012 @ 9:49 am

    Loving these, Jessica. Unique and so fun!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — February 27, 2012 @ 9:59 am

    What a fun idea! And great recipe for your niece to have fun making.

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    amanda lynn — February 27, 2012 @ 10:38 am

    we made these a week ago. my son wants them for EVERY holiday now!!

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    Samantha — February 27, 2012 @ 12:18 pm

    How adorable is she! Nice twist on your V-day hearts

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    Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables — February 27, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

    These are adorable! So creative.

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    Paula @ Dishing the Divine — February 27, 2012 @ 1:37 pm

    these are super cute! what a great idea! I suppose you could adapt this recipe to all kinds of seasonal holidays!

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    Shawnda — February 27, 2012 @ 1:56 pm

    Seriously, these are *so* cute!

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — February 27, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

    ahhh these are so cute and beautiful! just like the hearts. love it! :)

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    Gerry @Foodness Gracious — February 27, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

    Ha! Your the very first St Paddy’s day post I’ve seen and they look awesome. I can’t wait to see the wacky creations coming from blogland for anything and everything green. Must get my thinking cap on…

  22. 22

    Angie — February 27, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

    How cute are these! I love them.

  23. 23

    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray (Soon to be Rachel Cooks) — February 27, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

    I saw these on Pinterest and just KNEW they were one of your creations! Darling!

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    emiglia — February 27, 2012 @ 3:03 pm

    Those are so fun-looking! What a fun project…

  25. 25

    Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi) — February 27, 2012 @ 3:14 pm

    These are super adorable.

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    Maria — February 27, 2012 @ 3:19 pm

    SO fun!

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    Megan @ Country Cleaver — February 27, 2012 @ 3:24 pm

    Freakin’ Cute!!

  28. 28

    Living The Sweet Life — February 27, 2012 @ 3:47 pm

    Cute!! lol look how excited your neice is :) – – you’re a great aunt… doughnuts, sprinkles and fancypants cheesecake!!

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    Amy @ A Stool at the Counter — February 27, 2012 @ 4:02 pm

    LOVE this! Your niece is so cute too. Gotta love cooking with kiddos. :)

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    Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker — February 27, 2012 @ 4:33 pm

    These are SO.AWESOME. Incredibly creative!

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    what katie's baking — February 27, 2012 @ 4:37 pm

    omg your niece is precious! these are putting red velvet to shame!!!!

  32. 32

    naomi — February 27, 2012 @ 5:20 pm

    LOVE this. So super creative and delicious sounding!!!

  33. 33

    Joanne — February 27, 2012 @ 9:37 pm

    Is it weird that I feel tempted to dress up like the Lucky Charms elf and walk around handing these out to random strangers? Cause I do.

  34. 34

    ErinsFoodFiles — February 27, 2012 @ 10:28 pm

    Cute! I bet they were so delicious!

  35. 35

    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — February 27, 2012 @ 11:00 pm

    What a great way to spend a rainy day!

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    Katie — February 28, 2012 @ 8:48 am

    These are darling and I’m sure delicious!

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    Krissys Creations — February 28, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

    Love that first picture of your niece. And what a cute idea to bake with the little ones! These shamrocks are Adorable :)

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    Manderley — February 28, 2012 @ 4:42 pm

    Waooo it’s wonderful! Yummy

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    Alison @ Ingredients, inc. — February 28, 2012 @ 6:46 pm

    love these and miss your great stuff!

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    Erika - The Teenage Taste — February 28, 2012 @ 9:15 pm

    Awww, these look so delicious and festive! They combine two of my favorite desserts – cake and cheesecake! :)

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    Paula — February 28, 2012 @ 10:13 pm

    Ana is adorable and her cheesecake shamrocks look great. She certainly looked like she had a ton of fun with you.

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    Ann — February 29, 2012 @ 12:30 am

    Those look delicious and she is adorable! I love that she had to taste your vast sprinkle collection!

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    kat — March 1, 2012 @ 11:48 am

    These look great! I LOVE the idea of going with MINT that someone mentioned. However, I have a weird question. I am thinking of baking these for some visiting friends, from Ireland, for a St. P day party. BUT said friends, being good Catholics have given up Chocolate for Lent! :( I know this is based on Red Velvet which is a chocolate cake. Can I cut the cocoa powder and up the mint extract or swap it for something? Help!

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    Ellen @ The Baking Bluenoser — March 3, 2012 @ 9:58 am

    I’ve been looking for a really interesting and fun St Patty’s Day recipe to try and I think this one may be the winner! I love red velvet and I can’t wait to see how this green velvet works out! ūüėČ

    Thanks for the great recipe idea!

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — March 3, 2012 @ 11:02 pm

    the shamrocks are gorgeous…i love the swirls!

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    Cindy — March 4, 2012 @ 10:29 pm

    Beautiful! My daughter will want to do most of the work if this is the result. thanks for this recipe!

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    Tina — March 5, 2012 @ 9:43 am

    oh. my. word. These are adorable!!!!!

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    jordan — March 5, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

    Has anyone actually made these? When I mixed in the green food coloring in with the cake mixture (which was brown because of the cocoa powder) the whole cake was a dark green. Not like it is in the picture. If you are going to make these do not use this recipe. Use a white cake and tint it green with food coloring. The Green Velvet did not work and I followed the directions as is.. I also used a 9×13 cake pan and I do not see how you could make it fit in a larger one because it barely fit in a 9×13. I cant see throwing any out..

    • Jessica replied: — March 5th, 2012 @ 9:16 pm

      Hi Jordan,

      I actually remade these yesterday exactly as written (in my 10×15 pan) for my husbands office. I had no issues and they turned out just like the first time.

      I can not see how you suggest using a white cake mix…the bottom layer is a dense brownie type texture and is also red velvet flavored. The cheesecake layer would sink if you tried to spread it on top of a boxed cake mix.

      Also, this recipe is just a sized down version of a recipe I have posted before. it is the exact same (except red food coloring) and I just sized it down to fit in a 10×15 instead of a 13×18 jelly roll pan. You can see all the reviews from people who have made the recipe here:

      I am sorry the recipe wasn’t a success for you, but I just can’t understand what went wrong…

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    Joslynn — March 5, 2012 @ 9:15 pm

    Made these today and they were perfect! Just as good as last time (when I made your red heart ones for valentines day).

    The only thing I did different is to use a little less green food coloring. But otherwise I made the recipe as written! Thanks for another great recipe girl!

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    Lucie (Thursday Night Dinner) — March 6, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

    so cute and festive! a st.pattys day must!

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    Dionne Baldwin — March 8, 2012 @ 12:20 am

    That’s awesome! It looks like you all had a blast sprinkle tasting and shamrock making! These look good but that smile is priceless. Thank you for sharing this. :)

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    Alison @ Ingredients, inc. — March 8, 2012 @ 6:15 pm

    too awesome for words!

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    Laura — March 8, 2012 @ 7:55 pm

    Can you freeze these?

    • Jessica replied: — March 8th, 2012 @ 9:17 pm

      I do not have any experience freezing these. I do not think they would do very well…but you never know! Give it a shot!

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    Laura — March 11, 2012 @ 7:52 pm

    How do you store these? Mine are in the oven now!

    • Jessica replied: — March 15th, 2012 @ 10:27 pm

      Ummm it depends.

      If you want to be super safe, in the fridge and let them come to room temp before eating.

      I let them sit on the counter for 48 hours and had no issues…but then again, I’m a risk taker. ūüėČ

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    Dena — March 13, 2012 @ 8:53 am

    I made these last night for a bake sale today at work. Very strange looking thick green batter, but I snuck a little corner piece and they are very good. I just left them as bars, didn’t have a shamrock cutter. Everyone was commenting on them. We’ll see if they go fast at the sale :)

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    Christina Cox — March 15, 2012 @ 1:34 am

    Hi! I made these today and my green came out sort of brownish-green too. Also, the bottom green velvet cake was VERY thick to the point it was hard to spread and then it is hard to cut as well. BUT it’s very tasty! Also, for the additional batter that you thin out with the remaining 1 TBSP of milk, I had to add a few more TBSP to make it even “whisk-able.” Not sure why. I’m going to make them again but add more milk to the main batter. They are really cute & tasty!! As for the color – what kind of food coloring do you use? I just used standard green liquid. Wondering if that Wilton gel food coloring might work better? My green definitely isn’t vibrant like yours in the pix. I also like the idea someone else posted about making bars out of these as the swirls are really cute. That way you don’t have to waste anything!

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    Leah — March 16, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

    When you do the swirl, it is just on that top layer or do you take the knife all the way through to the pan? So excited to make these for a party tomorrow!!

    • Jessica replied: — March 19th, 2012 @ 10:10 pm

      Just the top layer :)

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    Heather — March 21, 2012 @ 2:54 pm

    I made these and brought them to work, everyone liked them a lot. A coworker of mine wants to know if you think it would be possible to make them black and teal… Her daughter’s quinceanera is coming up and she was thinking about attempting it as those are her colors. What do you think?

    • Jessica replied: — March 23rd, 2012 @ 1:30 pm

      If she were to buy the icing colors from Michaels, I think it would be really easy to color these teal! You can make them any color you wish, but teal is hard to do yourself. But the icing colors should come in a color she likes. :)

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    Heather — March 23, 2012 @ 3:12 pm

    would i just mix in the icing with the cheesecake to make that layer teal?

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    Kayleigh — April 11, 2012 @ 9:27 pm

    Can I say these also look amazing, as do ALL your recipes/pictures?!

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    Debbie — September 12, 2012 @ 4:07 pm

    Love this recipe!! My son is getting married March 15, 2013 and they are having a “shamrock” theme.
    The bride was looking to have cheesecake cupcakes with shamrocks on top, but when I came across this recipe I think she would rather use this. It all comes together, she wants a cheesecake, a shamrock and the best part is her favorite cake is red velvet.
    My question is how would you suggest making 300 of these and the best way to store them?

    • Jessica replied: — September 12th, 2012 @ 4:53 pm


      To be perfectly honest, I do not know how you would be able to make 300 and store them for the wedding. When I make these, I have served them the same day.

      I would suggest baking a batch and seeing what you think first. Then doing a round of testing…like putting them in the fridge and taste testing each day to see how long they can go!

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    Emily (B. Lovely Events) — March 6, 2013 @ 1:18 pm

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