Shamrock Sugar Cookies

Shamrock Sugar Cookies are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or any Irish Day occasion! Decorate these yummy cookies with Royal Icing in the natural Pearl White or colored with green food coloring. Finish with white or green pearl candy, sprinkles, mint covered almonds or any creative ideal fitting the Irish theme.

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Shamrock Sugar Cookies
Shamrock Sugar Cookies

Shamrock Cookie Cutter

Since my childhood, chewy, cutout cookies are one of my favorites but they take too much time. One day I found this wonderful Shamrock Cookie Cutter which meant the cutout cookie challenge began. Our first step was finding a chewy cutout cookie recipe. Step two was locating a recipe for an edible icing that hardens. A Google search uncovered Royal Icing which is a game changer! Where has it been all my life!

St. Patrick's Day Cookies
St. Patrick’s Day Cookies

Make Ahead and Freeze

The time to make, bake, and decorate cookies can be time consuming. I manage these activities by first baking the cookies and freezing until the big day. Place cooled cookies in a single layer on a baking sheet, freeze, and place cookies in a freezer zip lock bag separated by wax paper. Take them out of the freezer to unthaw for an hour or overnight. Finish the Shamrock cutout cookies with Royal Icing and decorate.

St. Patrick's Cookies
St. Patrick’s Cookies

St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Sugar Cookies

When it is time to decorate your cookies, assemble your decorative items before making the Royal Icing. Divide the icing into small bowls adding green food coloring to one of the bowls. I like to complete one cookie at a time with first adding the icing and then decorate. This helps ensure there is variety among the finished cookies. Store the finished cookies in an air-tight container in a cool area. We hope you enjoy this recipe and will consider following Supper Plate. At the bottom of this page is an option to follow us via email. Thank you for supporting our cooking adventures!

Shamrock Sugar Cookies

Shamrock Sugar Cookies are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or any Irish Day occasion! Decorate these yummy cookies with Royal Icing in the natural pearl white or colored with green food coloring. Finish with white or green pearl candy, sprinkles, mint covered almonds or any creative ideal fitting the Irish theme.
Prep Time1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Total Time1 hr 37 mins
Course: Dessert, Holiday, St. Patrick’s Day
Servings: 40 Cookies
Calories: 113kcal
Author: Bernice

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups Bread Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Margarine softened
  • 1 cup White Sugar
  • ½ cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 tsp Vanilla

Instructions

Making the Shamrock Cookie Dough

  • Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together, set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the margarine white sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in the eggs one at a time, and then stir in the vanilla.
  • Gradually blend in the sifted ingredients.
  • Cover dough, and chill for a couple of hours or overnight.

Making the Shamrock Cutout Cookies

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line baking pans with parchment paper.
  • On a clean floured surface roll out small portions of the chilled dough to about 1/4-inch thickness.
  • Cut out shapes using cookie cutters.
  • Bake 5 to 7 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are barely brown.
  • Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks
  • Decorate with Royal Icing and holiday sprinkles if so desired. They also store nicely without any icing until you need them.

Notes

Calories does not include the Royal Icing and decorations. Cookie size and thickness can change the calories.

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37 thoughts

  1. These cookies look wonderful. Cut-out cookies are so much fun to make. Even though my children are all grown, we often make cut-out cookies when they return home for various holidays.

    1. Thank you! I always stayed away from cutout cookies due to the time they take. But managing them in steps make it enjoyable! I am planning on trying different types of recipes for each holiday. Right now I am focused on St. Patrick’s Day. 🙂

  2. Your cookies look great. They make me want to bake. I love your idea of making cookies in steps. That would be especially good when working with children.

    1. Thank you! They were wonderful! The meringue powder was easy to use. I have a hard time getting past egg whites not being cooked. I just ordered more through Amazon. I am going to try a lemon meringue pie.

  3. Oooooh! You know, I’ve been desperately looking for an excuse to bake and ice cutout cookies – Easter and Christmas are too far away to justify that. But green shamrock cookies for St. Patrick’s Day… such a brilliant idea!

    1. Thank you so much! I can’t wait to make them again and try other cut-out cookies. I might try to make cut-out cookies for different holidays! 🙂

    1. It worked out well for me. I loved breaking up the process. I enjoyed decorating them since I was not tired from the baking process.

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