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Shamrock Cookies

Shamrock Cookies

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with these Shamrock Cookies which are the BEST sugar cookies and icing. Perfect for the holiday!

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I really enjoy celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. The colors are bright and a great welcome for spring. You can experiment and try new recipes that maybe you don’t have all the time by researching what is traditional in Ireland or just making something that is green for a little fun. I decided to create a menu for a luncheon tea and included these cookies as one of the sweets. The recipe has been handed down for generations and is always a winner. These cookies do not last long in the house even if I make a huge batch.

Shamrock Cookies
Shamrock Cookies

Normally I just spread the icing onto the cookies with a knife but this time I experimented by making part of the icing thick so I could make an outline around my cookie and then the rest of the icing was thin so I could flood the cookie. I’ll admit that it worked pretty well. I will definitely be trying it again as I’m not a big fan of traditional decorator icing; this tastes much better!

I used sprinkles from Shop Sweets and Treats. I love the mix of green and gold and little shamrocks and stars. It’s a fun and festive mix for these cookies. I also plan to use them for chocolate dipped strawberries and to top little chocolate pots de crème. Yum! If you would like to try these sprinkles, use my code, H63D451PZZGY, to get 10% off your order. *Note: I am an affiliate of Shop Sweets and Treats and will receive a small commission from the sale made with this code or through the link.

Shamrock Cookies Recipe

Shamrock Cookies

Shamrock Cookies

Yield: 2 1/2 dozen cookies
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

These are the BEST sugar cookies and icing. This recipe has been handed down through the generations of my family and is a tradition for us to make at most holidays and special events.



  • 1 cup shortening, not butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda


  • 2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tbsp. cream or milk
  • food coloring



  1. Cream shortening and sugar well. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
  2. Gradually blend in dry ingredients which have been sifted together.
  3. Chill dough at least 3 hours but best if chilled over night.
  4. Roll to 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick on lightly floured pastry canvas.
  5. Cut cookies with floured cookie cutters. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes.


  1. Add vanilla and cream to sugar and beat until desired consistency. You may need to add additional cream or milk.
  2. To use as decorators icing, prepare it thick and add to a piping bag to use for the outline of the cookie. For the remaining icing, add enough cream or milk to create a flood consistency and pour that into a separate piping bag.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 30 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 181Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 101mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 0gSugar: 14gProtein: 2g

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Shamrock Cookies
Shamrock Cookies

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