St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. Do you go all out at your house with green foods and decor? I’ll admit that when St. Patrick’s falls on the same month as Easter like it does this year, I skip the decorating part. I do like to serve a few fun St. Patrick’s foods though!
These cute Shamrock cookies are a memory from my childhood. I remember rolling the logs in green sugar, and helping my mom form the shamrocks. We usually made them with mint extract, but almond is delicious too! You can make the dough ahead of time and store it in the fridge, so you can simplify things the day you will be serving them.
Shamrock Cookies for St. Patrick’s Day
3/4 cup butter
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp mint or almond extract
Green food coloring (a few drops)
2 cups flour
Green colored sugar
Beat butter, sugar, salt, egg, extract, and green food coloring till fluffy. (I added a bit too much food coloring this time. I like it when the dough is a little lighter and the colored sugar stands out more.) Stir in flour.
Divide the dough in thirds and roll each section into a log about 1″ wide.
Roll each log in green sugar, then wrap in plastic wrap. Chill for at least 2 hours or up to a week.
When you are ready to bake the cookies, unwrap one of the logs and cut it into 1/4″ slices.
To assemble cookies, place three circles on a lightly greased cookie sheet. (I lined mine with foil, but that is optional.) To make stems, cut one of the circles into three strips. Place a stem at the bottom of the cookie, pressing it up in between the clover petals. Then use your fingernail to press in the sides of the circles to make a clover shape.
Repeat with the remaining dough.
Bake at 350° for 7-8 minutes. Let them sit on the cookie sheet for about 5 minutes, then carefully place them on cooling racks.
If you want, you can even drizzle them with a little melted chocolate. Mmmm.
-Makes about 3 dozen
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