Shamrock Sugar Cookies
These fun Shamrock sugar cookies are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. Two colors are used to create fun sugar cookies with shamrock centers. My green dough is also mint flavored for an extra surprise! As moms I know we’re super busy so these are cute but super simple to make.
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What you’ll need:
- Shamrock cookie cutters
- Circle cookie cutter
- Your favorite roll-out sugar cookie recipe (the one I used can be found below)
- Frosting or sprinkles to decorate with are optional
- Green food coloring
- Peppermint extract (optional)
Making St. Patrick’s Day sugar cookies
Prepare 2 batches of your favorite roll-out sugar cookie dough recipe. When you add the eggs and vanilla add green food coloring to one batch. I added 15-20 drops to get a nice shade of green. Optional: Reduce the amount of vanilla used and add peppermint to your green batch to create a fun mint sugar cookie.
Remember that the green color will lighten once baked so make it 1-2 shades darker then you want your final product to be.
I found this sugar cookie recipe just this past Christmas and it’s FANTASTIC! I would reduce the vanilla to 1/2 teaspoon and add 1.5 teaspoons of peppermint to one batch if you want a minty flavor.
You can use any roll-out sugar cookie recipe if you have a favorite of your own.
Cut your Cookies
1 – Roll out each color of dough onto a lightly floured surface. If you are short on space like I am you may have to do a portion of each color at a time. I rolled mine about 1/4 inch thick.
2 – Next, Use your circle cookie cutter to cut an even number of white and green cookies.
3 – Use a small shamrock cookie cutter to cut a shamrock into the center of each circle. Don’t be afraid to wiggle a bit and create some space around the cutter.
Carefully remove the shamrock from the center and set aside retaining its original shape. For me, the dough stuck inside the cutter making it easy to remove from the circle and then gently push out of the cutter.
Switch your Shamrocks
4 – Carefully take your green shamrock cutouts and place them into the center of your white circles. Take the white shamrocks and place them inside the green circles. If your dough is nice and firm this should not be too difficult.
5 – Press inwards on the circle gently to help seal the circle and the shamrock back together. Gently squish the dough where the shamrock meets the circle to help connect the dough.
If you want to add some pizazz you can press some green sprinkles into the top of the dough or mix them into the white cookie dough before you roll them out.
Bake Up your Shamrock sugar cookies
Bake your on baking sheets lined with parchment paper or my favorite silicone baking mats. If you use my recipe they bake for 8-9 minutes at 350 degrees.
The cookies should be starting to brown on the bottom but still be unbrowned on top. Allow them to cool and you are good to go.
Like most sugar cookies these aren’t super sweet so you may want to add a glaze if you are looking for a sweeter cookie. But they’re perfect for kids since they aren’t overly sweet.
Enjoy your Shamrock sugar cookies. They will look fancy but are quite simple to make. Make sure to pin this recipe so you can find it later!