Dessert shooters are an amazing way to finish up a big meal without ending up with that brick-in-the-stomach "oof" feeling when you overestimated the capacity of your tummy.
What Are Shamrock Shooters?
Mcdonald's Shamrock Shake - a creamy vanilla mint milkshake - was first created by Hal Rosen, a Connecticut Mcdonald's owner in 1967 for St. Patrick's Day. After the shake proved tasty and popular, it started to debut in limited numbers of Mcdonald's restaurants in 1970. Now, you can find Shamrock Shakes in all Mcdonald's around St. Patrick's Day.
Now, the term "shamrock" has become synonymous with any dessert that employs the combination of vanilla/creamy mint flavor. This recipe is one such dessert.
These simple and perfectly-portioned treats are made by layering a light white chocolate peppermint mousse with crushed graham crackers. They're light, refreshing, and come together in no time!
What Ingredients Do I Need?
- Graham Cracker Crumbs and Butter: These are two classic ingredients used in making graham cracker pie crusts, and they are used here in a similar fashion. While not as packed and sturdy as a pie crust, adding melted butter to the crumbs adds rich flavor and buttery texture to the cookie layer.
- White Chocolate: As with any recipe, the quality of your ingredients will affect how awesome your dessert tastes. Use a high quality white chocolate - Ghirardelli and Godiva are great, widely-available brands - for best results.
- Peppermint Extract: You only need a teeny bit of this powerful extract to add just the right amount of mint flavor without being overpowering.
- Heavy Cream: Fresh whipped cream is what gives the mint chocolate layer its fluffiness and creaminess.
- Green Food Coloring: An optional addition, but just a drop or two will give you that pale green color that's a hallmark of the real Shamrock Shake.
- Tall Shot Glasses or Port Wine Glasses: These are a must for making these shooters so pretty!
Are These Shooters Make Ahead Friendly?
Because the whipped cream tastes best when allowed to chill for a couple of hours in the fridge, you can make them before you start prepping the rest of your meal. When it's time for dessert, simply pull them out and you're ready to serve. Although I recommend eating this dessert the same day, you can make the shooters a day or two in advance if need be. Because the white chocolate helps to stabilize the whipped cream, it'll keep its "fluff" a little longer in the fridge than traditional whipped cream.
Served in tall shot glasses or pretty mini stemmed glasses, they're just as pretty as they are tasty. If you're having guests over for dinner, make these ahead of time and keep the tray of glasses in the refrigerator. They'll be chilled and ready to go as soon as it's time for dessert!
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