Shamrock Cookies are the best easy Saint Patrick's Day Dessert. Make them with St. Patricks day cookie cutters for a fun treat!
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If you're looking for an adorable Saint Patrick's Day dessert- try these Shamrock Cookies! Easy to make with only 6 ingredients, these Saint Patrick's Day cookies are cute and delicious!
These Shamrock cookies are adorable and easy to make - perfect for any Saint Patrick's Day Party!
Why We Love St Patrick's Day Sugar Cookies
I'm biased, but I think these are the best sugar cookies. My mom and Gram have made these cookies every year for every holiday! These cookies are:
- Crispy on the outside and soft in the center
- Super easy to make
- Adorable and great for decorating
- Stay fresh for a week!
Ingredients for Shamrock Cookies:
To make these cut out shamrock cookies you will only need 7 basic ingredients.
- sugar - We use granulated white sugar. We can't recommend any substitutes.
- softened salted butter - We only bake with salted butter. NEVER margarine! Leave the butter out for 1-2 hours before baking OR pop it in the microwave in 10 second increments. DON'T melt your butter! It should be bendy and pliable, not hard.
- an egg
- milk - We have made this recipe with heavy cream, regular milk, and lactose free milk - all work!
- vanilla extract -shhhh, don't tell baking purists.. you can use imitation 😉 Vanilla extract is so expensive!
- all purpose flour
- baking powder-make sure your baking powder is fresh!
You can find substitutions for all of these ingredients below in the green shaded substitutions box.
How to Make St. Patrick's Day Cookies
- In a bowl, cream softened butter & sugar.
- Add egg, milk, vanilla extract, and food coloring.
- Stir in flour and baking powder until combined.
- Roll the dough to ⅙ inch thickness.
- Use your favorite cut out shapes and place them on a greased or parchment lined baking sheet. Add sprinkles before baking.
- Bake for 5-8 minutes until lightly browned on edges
Substitutions for Shamrock Cookies
Cookie Cutters: You can use this recipe with any cookie cutters you like. We use both big and small ones, and this recipe is great for any holiday.
Doubling: This recipe can easily be doubled, but it makes 6 dozen as is - so that's a lot of cookies if you're doubling it!
Gluten Free: We haven't tried making these gluten free, but I think it might work with 1:1 flour. If you try it, let us know.
Butter/Sugar: We can't offer substitutions for butter or sugar in this recipe. I don't recommend swapping with any ingredients.
Decorations for St Patricks Day Cookies
You can decorate these cookies however you'd like. Here are some suggestions
- Food Coloring- You can keep the cookies white and add green sprinkles, or color them with food coloring.
- Colored Sugar - We used classic colored sugar on these cookies
- Sprinkles - You can use regular sprinkles on these cookies
- Royal Icing- We don't use royal icing but you can! Here's a link to a royal icing recipe.
- Powdered Sugar Icing: Mix powdered sugar and milk until it's a thick consistency. You can dye it with food coloring and use a piping bag (or ziploc bag) to ice. 1 cup of powdered sugar to 1-2 tablespoons of milk. Add more milk until it's thick but only add a TINY bit because it gets thin quickly!
Tools for St Patrick's Day Cookies
There are a few tools that will help you to make the best sugar cookies ever!
Rolling Pin I HIGHLY recommend this rolling pin. It has little wheels on the side that allow you to control the thickness of the dough. No guessing or rolling some cookies out too thin or too thick. It's under $20 on amazon.
Thin Baking Sheets- My gram always bakes her cookies on thin cookie sheets. They conduct heat faster! I personally like the thicker ones, but either works
Piping Bag (only for icing) If you want to ice the edges of these cookies you can use a piping bag or even a plastic ziploc bag with the corner cut very small.
Storing Shamrock Sugar Cookies
How long do sugar cookies stay fresh? : You can store these cookies recipe for up to a week in an airtight container at room temperature.
Freezing: You can freeze these cookies for up to 3 months in an airtight container. Thaw completely before enjoying.
Freezing Cookie Dough: We don't recommend freezing this cookie dough.
Sugar cookies stay fresh for about a week in an airtight container
A sugar cookie is typically sweeter and softer while shortbread cookies are drier and crumbly.
Saint Patrick's Day Cookie Cutters
There are many different options on Amazon for Saint Patrick's Day Cookie Cutters. Michael's and Hobby Lobby also have options! Here are some of my favorites:
- Clover Cookie Set - this is what I bought and recommend. It has 5 different sized clovers for under $10!
- 10 Piece St. Patrick's Day Set - these are very cute but unless you plan to ice them, it might be hard to distinguish the shapes.
- 6 Piece St. Patrick's Day Set - Also cute, but same problem as above!
- Single Shamrock Cookie Cutter - Another great option, but for a dollar more you can get 5 shamrock shapes, so I think that's a better deal!
- If you don't have cookie cutters these Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies are a delicious St. Patrick's Day Treat!
Tips for the best Shamrock cookies:
- Get a good rolling pin: It's super easy to control the thickness of your dough with this rolling pin. You can roll the cookies thicker for softer cookies or thinner for crispier cookies.
- If your dough is sticky: You probably over softened your butter. Put your dough in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes-1 hour and it will be fine to roll out!
- Gram's Cookie Baking Tip: Add a piece of scrap dough to your cookie sheet. You can lift this scrap piece to check if the bottom of your cookies is golden brown rather than damaging one of your perfect cut out cookies!
- Watch when baking! These go from perfectly golden brown to burnt quickly!
- Measure your ingredients correctly - It is super important to measure your ingredients correctly, specifically the flour! Check out this tutorial on how to measure flour correctly.
- Use flour when rolling out the dough. Make sure to flour your work surface and the top of the dough/rolling pin when rolling out the cookie dough. Otherwise the dough will stick/be difficult to transfer the cut out cookies to a baking sheet
Other delicious cookie recipes:
- Mint Chocolate Cookies
- Banana Drop Cookies
- Cut Out Sugar Cookies
- Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies
- Best Snickerdoodle Cookies
St Patrick's Day Sugar Cookies
- Preheat the oven to 400 and prepare a greased or parchment lined baking sheet.
- In a bowl cream softened butter & sugar.
- Add egg, milk and vanilla extract. Add food coloring if using.
- Stir in flour and baking powder until combined.
- On a floured surface, roll the dough to ¼ - ⅙ inch thickness. We recommend this rolling pin for perfectly rolled cookies.
- Use your favorite cut out shapes to cut out the cookies. Use a thin metal spatula to transfer cookies to a greased or parchment lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with colored sugar or sprinkles if you like.
- Bake for 5-8 minutes until browned on edges
- Cookie Baking Tip: Add a piece of scrap dough to your cookie sheet. You can lift this scrap piece to check if the bottom of your cookies is golden brown rather than damaging one of your perfect cut out cookies!
- Cool the cookies on a sheet for 3-4 minutes until they’re firm, then move to a wire cooling rack to finish cooling
- Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks for freshness!
- Note: Once you roll the dough/put your cookies on the sheet - gather your scraps, form into a ball and re roll. Don’t waste!