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shamrock cookies (st. patrick's day)

(3 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Lisa Johnson
Macon, GA

I love these shaped cookies. I make them on St. Patrick's Day. It is so easy and simple to make them. They are so good and tasty.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

A simple and cute sugar cookie recipe for St. Patrick's Day. Peppermint extract and green food coloring really make this festive and in theme for the holiday. We love that this recipe does not make a ton of cookies. After they've baked, they're slightly crisp but still tender. Experiment with other extracts and coloring for different holidays.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(3 ratings)
yield 3 dozen
prep time 1 Hr 20 Min
cook time 10 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For shamrock cookies (st. patrick's day)

  • 1 c
  • 1 c
    confectioners' sugar
  • 1
  • 1 tsp
    peppermint extract
  • 2 1/2 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp
  • green paste food coloring
  • green colored sugar, optional

How To Make shamrock cookies (st. patrick's day)

Test Kitchen Tips
You may not need to chill your dough for an entire hour. Over-chilling will cause the dough to be crumbly. We found working with the room temperature dough easier.
  • Shortening and confectioners' sugar creamed together in a bowl.
    In a large bowl, cream the shortening and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Extract and egg added to the butter.
    Add egg and extract.
  • Ingredients mixed together in a bowl.
    Beat well.
  • Food coloring added to the batter.
    Add green tint.
  • Flour and salt mixed together in a separate bowl.
    Mix together flour and salt in a separate bowl.
  • Gradually adding the flour.
    Gradually add flour and salt.
  • Dough ready to be refrigerated.
    Form dough into a ball. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  • Dough on a lightly floured surface.
    On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in. thickness.
  • Using a cookie cutter to cut rolled out dough.
    Cut with a lightly floured 2-inch shamrock cookie cutter.
  • Cookies on a baking sheet.
    Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Sprinkling colored sugar on top of the cookies.
    Sprinkle with colored sugar if desired.
  • Cookies baking in the oven.
    Bake at 375F for 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
  • Inside of a Shamrock Cookie.
    Cool for 1 minute before removing to wire racks.