Fifteens- A Northern Irish Dessert

If you find yourself in a cafe in Northern Ireland, you will see many sweet treats to pair with your tea or coffee. One that is nearly always there is a marshmallow, cherry, loaf-looking dessert on a platter. You simply must try it;  it’s a Northern Irish specialty, called FIFTEENS. I love that this recipe is easy, free from any baking, and it will fill any sweet tooth craving

Create your own dessert from Northern Ireland in your own home. Fifteens is a great, easy recipe to taste Northern Ireland in your own home.

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Confession

OK, I originally thought they were called fifteens because you will gain 15 pounds* from binge eating these decadent desserts. The name is actually from the usage of ingredients; you use 15 of each ingredient, easy to remember, right?

*In Northern Ireland, weight is measured in stones rather than pounds but their currency is in pounds. Causing even more confusion on my behalf of the name assumption of fifteens.

They are actually called fifteens because you are meant to ‘measure’ the ingredients in quantities of 15; 15 digestive biscuits, 15 marshmallows, and 15 cherries.  Because I used the smaller-sized marshmallows and Nilla Wafers in replace of digestive biscuits (which are larger than Nilla Wafers,) the ’15 measurement’ didn’t apply.

Recipe for Fifteens, a Northern Irish Dessert

Recipe for Fifteens, a Northern Irish Dessert

Fifteens, a Northern Irish Dessert


Cooking Creative Freedom

I always recommend that you get creative with ingredients and play with the recipe. Cooking is an art.  The real reason I wanted to make my own fifteens is that I try to avoid gelatin (veg head.)  I went to Trader Joe’s  to find gelatin free marshmallows for my modification. However,  if you don’t like cherries or marshmallows, try pistachios or nuts. If you have chocolate chips around, throw them in. Perhaps even dried fruit or white chocolate chips. 


COMMENT BELOW, telling me what ingredients you would use for this delicious dessert!


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Fifteens- A Northern Irish Dessert
This is an easy dessert to make at home that requires NO BAKING; a good treat to make with kids! I have made them a few times with my ex-boyfriend Adam, who is from Northern Ireland.  They never seem to last more than a day or two as everyone eats them up. It is the perfect dessert for those who 'can't bake!'
Course Dessert
Cuisine Irish Food
Servings
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Cuisine Irish Food
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Start by powdering the cookies. You can use a food processor, blender, or even just flatten them in a plastic bag with a rolling pin.  It does not need to be fine ground, but this acts as the binding agent so you will want it broken down. Put it to a large bowl.
  2. Next you will combine, by hand, all of the ingredients in with the powdered cookies EXCEPT coconut.. The consistancey  should be sticky enough to form into a big loaf. Roll a strip of cling-wrap and line it with coconut in a long, flat layer that you can set the loaf on. You will want to coat the loaf entirely [more than you think you want] with coconut and roll it tightly.
  3. Flatten out a long piece of Saran Wrap and line it with a hefty portion of coconut to surround the entire roll. Set the roll on top and cover it with coconut (for good measure.) Roll it tightly, refridgerate overnight.
Recipe Notes

 *Depending on where you are located in the world, and which ingredients are available to you; you may have to modify the recipe with similar replacements.  I could not find digestive biscuits where I live, so I opted for Nilla Wafers.

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2 comments
  1. Everyone should try these atleast once in the life!

    1. Adam, they are so good I think only once will be hard! 😉 Thanks for your comment!

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