No-Chill Shamrock Sugar Cookies: St Patrick’s Day Cookie Recipe

Bake this St Patrick’s Day Cookie Recipe and make a Handprint Shamrock Craft to celebrate the luck of the Irish this year!

These Shamrock Sugar Cookies are so simple to make! All you need to do it whip up my No-Chill Sugar Cookie recipe and top them with green sprinkles! No special baking skills necessary!

This recipe and many others can be found inside The Homemade Household: In the Kitchen E-book!

  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • Sprinkles
  • Optional: Green Food Coloring
  • Shamrock Cookie Cutter

Icing

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 6 tsp milk
  • 4 tsp light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • Watkins food coloring

**Makes about 12 Shamrock Shaped Sugar Cookies

STEP 1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

STEP 2

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or grease it well. Don’t skip this or the cookies will stick to your pan.

STEP 3

Next, cream the softened butter & sugar together until smooth with a hand mixer or a stand mixer and then add in the egg and the vanilla.

STEP 4

Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl.

STEP 5

Slowly add the dry ingredients into the butter mixture. Fold in until well combined.

STEP 6

Now you can add a couple drops of green food coloring if you like. This step is optional, but you can’t go wrong with a green St Patrick’s Day Cookie! Be aware that your hands might be a little stained if you touch the uncooked dough.

sugar cookie dough balls- one plain and one green

STEP 7

Turn out the dough onto a floured surface and roll to about 1/4 inch thick. Add flour as needed to combat stickiness.

STEP 8

Use a metal Shamrock Cookie Cutter to shape your St. Patrick’s Day cookies.

cutting out sugar st. patrick's day cookies with a shamrock cookie cutter

STEP 9

Sprinkle the top of each cookie with your green sprinkles or colored sugar.

STEP 10

Quickly slide a spatula under the cookies and transfer them to your baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees F. Don’t wait for them to brown or they will be too hard.

Shamrock sugar cookies on a piece of parchment paper

STEP 11

Make the icing while the cookies cool:

  • Add the powdered sugar to a mixing bowl or stand mixer. With the mixer going on low, add in the milk, light corn syrup, vanilla, and salt. Add food coloring-  use Watkin’s because they don’t include numbered dyes- and then apply to the cookies. 
  • You can use decorating icing bags to apply the royal icing, but I usually just use a snadwich bag with a tiny hole cut in the corner. Sometimes I just spoon the icing on. This icing is a little thin so spooning it on works well.
putting icing on shamrock sugar cookies

STEP 11

Add some green sprinkles, white sprinkles, or gold sprinkles at this point if you want. Allow the icing to harden and enjoy!

st. patrick's day sugar cookies on a plate and cooling rack
Shamrock Sugar Cookies

Shamrock Sugar Cookies

Yield: about 12 large cookies

Ingredients

Cookie Dough

  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • Green Food Coloring

Icing

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 6 tsp milk
  • 4 tsp light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • Watkins food coloring

Additional Toppings

  • Sprinkles

Instructions

STEP 1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

STEP 2

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or grease it well. Don't skip this or the cookies will stick to your pan.


STEP 3

Next, cream the softened butter & sugar together until smooth with a hand mixer or a stand mixer and then add in the egg and the vanilla.

STEP 4

Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl.

STEP 5

Slowly add the dry ingredients into the butter mixture. Fold in until well combined.

STEP 6

Now you can add a couple drops of green food coloring if you like. This step is optional, but you can't go wrong with a green St Patrick's Day Cookie! Be aware that your hands might be a little stained if you touch the uncooked dough.

STEP 7

Turn out the dough onto a floured surface and roll to about 1/4 inch thick. Add flour as needed to combat stickiness.

STEP 8

Use a metal Shamrock Cookie Cutter to shape your St. Patrick's Day cookies.

STEP 9

Sprinkle the top of each cookie with your green sprinkles or colored sugar.

STEP 10

Quickly slide a spatula under the cookies and transfer them to your baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees F. Don't wait for them to brown or they will be too hard.

STEP 11

Make the icing while the cookies cool:

  • Add the powdered sugar to a mixing bowl or stand mixer. With the mixer going on low, add in the milk, light corn syrup, vanilla, and salt. Add food coloring-  use Watkin’s because they don’t include numbered dyes- and then apply to the cookies. 
  • You can use decorating icing bags to apply the royal icing, but I usually just use a sandwich bag with a tiny hole cut in the corner. Sometimes I just spoon the icing on. This icing is a little thin so spooning it on works well.

STEP 11

Add some green sprinkles, white sprinkles, or gold sprinkles at this point if you want. Allow the icing to harden and enjoy!

St. Patrick's Day Sugar Cookies | A Quick No-Chill Recipes with Icing
Shamrock Sugar Cookies for St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick's Day Sugar Cookies | A Quick No-Chill Recipe

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