Delicious Recipes for the National Dessert Days in March

Sweet Treats to Celebrate March's Food Holidays

Food lovers will be delighted to know that many delicious deserts are celebrated in the month of March. Not only can you enjoy some St. Patrick's Day treats, you can also bake up a storm and celebrate National Flour Month or National Peanut Month. On the savory food side, March is also National Noodle Month and National Sauce Month.

While these food "holidays" are new creations and certainly not steeped in tradition like real holidays, they are fun. They are the perfect excuse to get...MORE in the kitchen and try a new recipe or two. We have plenty of ideas to inspire you.

  • 01 of 12
    Peanut butter cookies
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    The entire month of March is dedicated to peanuts, and it is kicked off in style. The first day of the month is National Peanut Butter Day. Luckily, this is one of the best dessert ingredients, giving us many tasty treats to bake up.

    From classic peanut butter cookies to a far-too-tempting chocolate peanut butter pie, or homemade peanut butter ice cream, there's a little something for every PB lover.

  • 02 of 12
    Banana cream pie
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    We're just going to say it: March 2nd may be the best dessert holiday of the entire year! It is banana cream pie day and if you need a reason to create one of these pies, here it is.

    This recipe is nice and simple and the perfect banana cream pie for beginners. Make your own crust or go with a pre-made shell. Either way, it's filled with a fantastic cream of bananas and coconut and takes less than an hour to make.

  • 03 of 12
    Pound cake
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    Pound cakes are aptly named as the ingredients in the original recipes were composed of one-pound each of flour, sugar, butter, and eggs. Keep a pound cake in the freezer, and you'll always have dessert. It doesn't matter whether it's served alone or with fruit and whipped cream, they're all delicious.

  • 04 of 12
    Oreo dessert
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    On March 6, 1912, the first Oreo was made. Since then, the Oreo has become the world's best-selling cookie, and for good reason. You'll find many dedicated fans who insist on keeping a package of Oreos around the house.

    While you may be tempted to munch a stack of Oreos, they're also a lot of fun to bake with. And, when you have a recipe like this luscious Oreo ice cream pie, no actual baking is required! 

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  • 05 of 12
    Rice krispie treats
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    Sure, you can have a bowl of your favorite cereal on National Cereal Day, but where's the fun in that? Use those tasty breakfast morsels to whip up a delicious dessert instead

    Rice Krispie treats are probably the first cereal desserts most people think of, but there are other cereal-based goodies, too. Who can forget the powdery goodness that is puppy chow? And, cowboy cookies with oatmeal? For something truly unique, try a Greek shredded wheat cake.

  • 06 of 12
    Chocolate peanut clusters
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    If you're already missing those delicious peanut clusters from Christmas, they have their own holiday! These make great gifts, too, and would be cute in a spring basket. Just be sure to save enough for yourself.

  • 07 of 12
    Pi day pie
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    Calling all self-proclaimed geeks who love to bake! March 14th is Pi Day. It's not the pie we eat, but Pi the calculation (3.14) used to calculate the circumference of a circle.

    To celebrate this annual event, why not bake a pie? Choose from creamy meringues or classic fruit pies, it doesn't matter because any pie will do. Bonus points if you can craft the Pi symbol into the crust!

  • 08 of 12
    Potato chips
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    You may not think that there's a dessert to go along with National Potato Chip Day, but you would be mistaken. Potato chips are actually a perfect ingredient to create a sweet-salty snack and they are the perfect pairing for chocolate.

    For this occasion, you can make easy potato chip chocolate bark or potato chip clusters. Better yet, you can start completely from scratch and make your own potato chips.

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  • 09 of 12
    St. Patrick's Day cookies
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    Green treats abound for St. Patrick's Day. Get out the food coloring and give your favorite baked goods some extra color for the celebration.

    Super-sweet sugar cookies with green frosting are always a hit. If you're looking for something more traditional, an Irish recipe like pistachio cake is perfect.

  • 10 of 12
    Oatmeal cookies
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    The traditional oatmeal cookie is loved so much that it has its own holiday. Few experiences can beat the memories of freshly baked, still warm oatmeal cookies. They're easy to make, too. You can go with a classic oatmeal walnut cookie or try out these fun no-bake oatmeal cocoa cookies.

  • 11 of 12
    Strawberry shortcake
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    As spring begins to show its tell-tale signs, sweet, delicious strawberries are just coming into season. It's the perfect time for California Strawberry Day and a fresh strawberry cake.

    Show off this favorite fruit by making your very own strawberry shortcake with a homemade cream filling. If you're in the mood to mix the berries into a batter, this lovely strawberry cake recipe will do the trick.

  • 12 of 12
    Pecan pie
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    Pecans are loaded with anti-oxidants and they're amazing in desserts. You'll find these tasty nuts to be a very useful ingredient in your kitchen.

    Pecan fans can celebrate Pecan Day with a traditional pecan pie or mix up a snack of salted pecans. They are also a fantastic accent for baked goods. Check them out in a tropical pineapple coconut cake or a coconut pecan frosting for your favorite chocolate cake recipe.