Salted Pistachio Dark Chocolate Shamrocks (V)

Whenever I need a little pick me up, dark chocolate is my go-to. I just love how well it pairs with different flavors. From fruits and nuts to savories and especially wine, it’s certainly a rich and luxurious treat, and most importantly for me it’s dairy free! Now with St. Patrick’s Day fast approaching I’m elevating this go-to of mine a to give it some holiday appeal. Using shamrocks for good luck, a hint of sea salt and pistachio green and a dusting of edible gold glitter, this sweet treat is now suitable for the upcoming arrival of St. Patty’s Day.

Sea Salt & Pisatchio Dark Chocolate Shamrocks | Posh Little Designs

 Salted Pistachio Dark Chocolate Shamrocks (V)

Dark chocolate paired with sea salt, pistachios and edible gold. Sweet, salty & St. Patrick’s Day chic.

Sea Salt & Pisatchio Dark Chocolate Shamrocks | Posh Little Designs


8 oz of quality dairy free dark chocolate (3 bars)

1/2 cup coarsely chopped pistachios

1 tsp sea salt

edible gold glitter flakes

shamrock mold

2 ziplocks or piping bag

parchment paper

Sea Salt & Pisatchio Dark Chocolate Shamrocks | Posh Little Designs

Sea Salt & Pisatchio Dark Chocolate Shamrocks | Posh Little Designs


Heat 7 of the 8 oz chocolate in a double boiler or on 30 second intervals in the microwave until fully melted.

Pour melted chocolate into your ziplock or piping bag and pipe into your shamrock mold cavities.

Gently tap the mold on a solid surface until chocolate is evenly distributed.

Allow to chill for 1-2 hours in the fridge until completely solid.

While chocolate is chilling, mix together the sea salt and chopped pistachios.

Once shamrocks are fully chilled, heat remaining 1 oz of chocolate until fully melted and pour into remaining ziplock or existing piping bag.

Flip the shamrocks over onto a sheet of parchment paper to remove chocolates.

Turn them right side up and quickly pipe remaining chocolate in a zig zag motion over top the shamrocks.

Top with chopped pistachios and sea salt, and finish with the edible gold glitter.

Place them back in the fridge for 30 minutes to fully harden.

Sea Salt & Pisatchio Dark Chocolate Shamrocks | Posh Little Designs

They are ready to enjoy!

Sea Salt & Pisatchio Dark Chocolate Shamrocks | Posh Little Designs

This is such a quick treat to make and an easy way to elevate plain dark chocolate. You can display these shamrocks on trays or cake stands at your St. Patty’s Day celebration, or package them up and give them away as a bit of sweet good luck for your friends and loved ones.

More on the way soon!


This specific recipe for Salted Pistachio Dark Chocolate Shamrocks was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2015.

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New, Green & Posh

One of the projects I’ve been working on for what seems like months now, is updating my Etsy shop with new products. This has been a long time in the making, as my girls and my family always come first, but after many long nights and early mornings, I’m thrilled to share with you the latest additions to my shop in the form of Posh sprinkles. Considering that I’m already selling specialty baking products, this seemed like the natural progression, but these aren’t just your ordinary sprinkles! I’ve created them in trendy colors and special packaging ideal for simple and modern storage solutions, as you will see below!

Just a few weeks ago I proclaimed to you my love for Hemlock Green from the Pantone color report for Spring 2014, so my most recent collection of sprinkles comes to you in shades inspired by this warm and inviting hue, which will most certainly add a touch of posh to your Spring sweets and treats! And with St. Patrick’s Day coming up on Monday, no time like the present for the reveal.

Hemlock Green - Sprinkles | Posh Little Designs

Slowly but surely I’ll be adding more color collections to the shop, but in the meantime, you can check out what I have available on Etsy by clicking here. Have a peek! I’d love your feedback and please check back soon. I can’t wait to share more with you all!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!


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Green Tea Froyo (V)

Frozen yogurt has always been a favorite treat of mine. As a child, I recall frequenting TCBY with my dad and each time we went, like him I would always choose the white chocolate macadamia nut, in a cup with a few candy toppings. Fast forward several years and my love for froyo certainly still exists, but since I now limit my dairy intake, I no longer get to enjoy this delightful treat that brings back such wonderful memories for me. I’m now that girl who goes to the froyo place in search of sorbet and most times I come up empty, but when I do, it’s nice to know that I can recreate a little childhood nostalgia right in my own kitchen. Free of dairy, with no ice cream machine necessary and some added nutrients and antioxidants. Definitely not in the soft serve format and presented at TCBY, but a sufficient way for me to get my froyo fix nonetheless!

Vegan Green Tea Froyo | Posh Little Designs

As you all know, we’ve got St. Patrick’s Day coming up soon, so in honor of the holiday and all things green, I’m serving up this froyo infused with green tea, using a vegan coconut milk yogurt and shapely shamrock molds for a festive twist. Did I mention I don’t really care what the weather is doing outside?! This anytime treat is the perfect pick me up any time of the day and the individual molds also make them a fun party delight for your St. Patty’s Day celebration!

Green Tea Froyo (V)

The coconut milk yogurt has a natural tang and sweetness that is delightful when infused with the green tea. No additional sugars necessary, vegan and dairy free.

Vegan Green Tea Froyo | Posh Little Designs


2 10  oz containers plain coconut milk yogurt (I use trader joes brand)

1/2 cup coconut milk (for teabag use only)

Cheesecloth for removing all excess liquid from yogurt

3 bags of your favorite green tea or green tea powder (3 teaspoons of powder or more for desired flavor)

a few fresh spinach leaves for color and added boost (if not using green tea powder)

shamrock molds

magic bullet

Vegan Green Tea Froyo | Posh Little Designs


Wrap cheesecloth around a deep bowl and pour coconut milk yogurt over the top to remove excess liquid. This will make the yogurt freeze at a better consistency.  Allow liquid to drain out of the yogurt over a 2 hour period.

Once the yogurt is done draining, place separated yogurt into a dish.

If using green tea bags, heat the coconut milk to desired temperature. Add all 3 tea bags and soak. Remove the hot teabags from the coconut milk and wring them out into the strained yogurt, to infuse the flavors of the green tea.

If you’re using the green tea powder, you can simply add it to the yogurt and skip the step above.

Place the ingredients into a magic bullet and blend away.

I discovered that with the tea bags, the green color really doesn’t come through as much as I would like, so if you’re making these for a St. Patrick’s themed celebration and are missing the soft green, toss a few spinach leaves into the blender with the yogurt infusion for an extra splash of color. You’ll never even taste the spinach and you’ll get an added nutrient boost by adding in the leaves.

Place yogurt and green tea blend into the shamrock molds and freeze for about an hour maybe a little more or less. If you wait too long, the froyo will harden completely and then take quite a while to soften. Place excess in a separate container and also freeze.

Once the froyo has reached the desired consistency, it’s ready to enjoy! Simply scoop into cute little dishes, and top with one of the froyo shamrocks for a decorative finish. Serve immediately.

Vegan Green Tea Froyo | Posh Little Designs

If you don’t have any issues with dairy, you can always try this technique with regular yogurt, or any yogurt of your choice. (makes about 4 servings)

Vegan Green Tea Froyo | Posh Little Designs

Festive frozen deliciousness!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

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This specific recipe for Vegan Green Tea Froyo was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014.

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Hemlock Green

Now that Valentine’s Day has passed, I’ve got St. Patrick’s day on my mind. Of course when I think of St. Patrick’s day, hues of green immediately come to thought, but not necessarily the classic St. Patty’s Day green. I’m definitely not that traditional of a gal, so I’ve picked a green from the Pantone Spring 2014 color report, known as Hemlock for the upcoming holiday. I know…the shade may remind you much of the mint that made a huge debut in 2013, but I personally couldn’t get enough of it last year, so it makes sense why I’m adoring this color so much! What I love most is that it’s a little bit richer, and deeper of a green, yet is still considered a pastel which means it’s just perfect for Spring and Summer’s arrival, with a bit more versatility. I can easily envision this color appearing in weddings, and parties over the next few seasons, and I can’t wait to incorporate Hemlock into my own personal style and party planning palettes, starting first with some inspiration for your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Hemlock Green-Pantone-Inspiration | Posh Little Designs

Sources: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Are you as inspired by this green as much as I am? If not, what’s your favorite pick from the Pantone 2014 Color Report? Of course I will attempt to create something for upcoming St. Patty’s Day in Hemlock green, so please stay tuned!

Visit the sites for all of the fabulous items seen in the Hemlock Green Inspiration Board, by clicking on the links above.

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Repost: Vegan St. Peppermint Patties

Lately I’ve been having some serious issues with the wordpress iPhone app. Has anyone else been experiencing this? I have lost this article twice, so I’m reposting today for all of you to enjoy a second time. Hoping the problems I’ve encountered with WP will be resolved soon, but until then I’ll be doing all my blog work from my Desktop. Lesson learned.


It’s March, almost St. Patty’s Day and I have a taste for mint and chocolate. Unfortunately, most of what’s available in the grocery store is loaded with dairy ingredients, so my solution: make something homemade with a fitting and festive twist. The festive part is really just an excuse for me to indulge but I think after spending the last few weeks camped out on the couch with 2 sick girls, I deserve it.

An old favorite transformed, vegan and perfect for the holiday on Sunday.

vegan peppermint patties

Vegan St. Peppermint Patties

You can certainly make these with milk chocolate and regular shortening (trans fat free) if you are allergy free!

2 1/2 Cups powder sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 1/2 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon peppermint oil
1 tablespoon coconut spread (solid)
10 oz dairy and soy free chocolate (I found mine at Trader Joes.)
2 12 inch sheets Parchment Paper
Shamrock Mold

Mini heart fondant cutter or round cutter (2 inch)

vegan peppermint patties


Remove 2 pieces of 12 inch parchment paper from roll and set aside.

Mix 2 1/4 cups powdered sugar and next 4 ingredients in stand mixer with paddle attachment until combined.

Dust solid surface with remaining powdered sugar (1/4) and knead patty mix until smooth.

Place patty mix between 2 sheets of parchment paper and roll out into an 8 inch round (about 1/4 of an inch thick.)

Freeze for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, place chocolate in a heat proof bowl and heat in double boiler or in 30 second intervals until melted.

If you don’t have a shamrock mold, bypass the Shamrock steps and see below.

For Shamrocks

Pour melted chocolate into the corner of ziplock bag.

Snip the tip and pipe chocolate into each shamrock mold filling 1/3 of the way full. Tap mold on solid surface to spread evenly.

Remove rolled patty dough from freezer and cut into heart shapes using a fondant sized heart cutter.

Place 1 peppermint heart into each of the clover leaves right side up (3 per shamrock.)

Pipe remaining chocolate over the patty filled shamrocks and tap gently on solid surface until patty is completely covered.

Place in fridge until fully chilled. About 1 hour.

Serve and enjoy!!

peppermint patties instructions

For regular patty

Remove rolled patty dough from fridge and cut into rounds using a 2 inch circle cutter.

Place each round on the tip of a fork and dunk in dark chocolate until fully coated.

Place on parchment paper in fridge until fully chilled.


vegan peppermint patties

Recipe adapted from Epicurious

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Remember to check back in soon for Easter inspiration and more!


Peppermint Hot Cocoa (vegan)

Chocolate and peppermint are a long time favorite flavor combination of mine. Really, I love the two together so much that I concocted a hot cocoa recipe (dairy free) that’s kept me cozy all Winter. Now I know you may be wondering why I’m blogging about hot cocoa with Spring on the way, but the evenings in the Pacific NW continue to be chilly…definitely not open toe heel kinda weather yet (darn,) so I’m squeezing in a few more cups before they’re replaced with a frozen alternative. Plus St. Patrick’s Day is this weekend so chocolate and peppermint just seem fitting.

If you’re throwing a St. Patrick’s Day bash I haven’t forgotten about you. Just a few simple steps and these transform into party shooters both festive and fabulous for your party this weekend.

Vegan Peppermint Hot Cocoa

Peppermint Hot Cocoa

Creamy and chocolaty with a hint of peppermint sure to keep you cozy until the weather warms up.


(makes 2 servings or 4 shooters)

2 Cups Vanilla Coconut Milk (I use silk brand) if you’re not dairy free you can use regular milk or soy.

1 tablespoon raw sugar

1 heaping tablespoon cocoa powder

4 drops peppermint oil (to taste) (if making for shooters, omit the peppermint oil)

Vegan Peppermint Hot Cocoa


(The coconut milk I purchase is already lightly sweetened so not much sugar is necessary…if you purchase an unsweetened version you can add your sugar to taste.)

Pour coconut milk in a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil.

Whisk in raw sugar and cocoa powder and allow to boil for one minute until combined.

Reduce heat to low and add in peppermint oil.

Remove from heat and pour into your favorite mug.

Serve immediately.

Now if you know me well, you know I wouldn’t leave without sharing the party alternative…oh yes, as you can see below, this hot cocoa transforms into the perfect Paddy’s Day party shooter.

St. Patrick’s Day Shooters

(here’s what you’ll need in addition to the hot cocoa above)


4 shot glasses

2 oz dairy free dark chocolate

Green & White Sprinkles

Peppermint Schnapps

St. Patrick's Day Shooters - Vegan

St. Patrick’s Sugar Rim

Place dark chocolate in heat proof dish and heat in microwave for 30 second intervals until melted.

Rim shot glasses with dark chocolate in dip in festive sprinkles until fully coated.


Fill shot glasses half full with hot cocoa and top with Peppermint Schnapps to taste.

Serve immediately.

Did you know that Easter is in March this year? Stay tuned for more inspiration and recipes coming soon.

Cheers and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!


Pantone for St. Patty’s Day

As most of you know, Pantone has chosen Emerald as the color to represent the year of 2013. A vibrant hue with elegant air that reminds me of nature and the upcoming arrival of Spring. Oh how I love that this shade transforms so easily into soft mint, one of the color trends seen in fashions, weddings and parties the past several months. Hello warmer weather, longer days and blooming flowers. Are you as excited for Spring as I am? Well in the meantime feel free to go gaga for green and channel your happy as St. Patrick’s Day approaches. Not only will you be on trend, but perhaps you can avoid being pinched too…(wondering if people really do that anymore?!)

Here’s how you can celebrate green in all it’s glory for your St. Patty’s Day bash.

Emerald & Mint

Think emerald. Think mint. Choose chevron patterns. Modern garland & poms. Shamrock touches. Mason jar centerpieces. Serve San Pel. and festive cake. Give Andes mints (my all time favorite.)

1 Chevron cake 2 Garland 3 Shamrock paper punch 4 Tissue poms 5 San pellegrino 6 Andes Mints 7 Tinted Mason Jars

posh little tip: san pellegrino bottles easily transform into fabulously chic vases for single stem floral arrangements.

Fun tidbit about me: I happen to have a personal connection to the lovely color of green. Both my girls have birthstones in this hue (Peridot and Emerald,) so my appreciation for the color extends far beyond the trend.

Although Spring is near, they days in the Pacific NW are still quite chilly. Stay tuned for my next St. Patty’s post featuring a simple recipe that will keep you nice and cozy until the weather warms up!