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Shamrock Cookies

green shamrock cookie with vanilla drizzle and sprinkles


Shamrock cookies seem to be a part of my baking like Christmas cookies are at Christmas time, pumpkins in the fall, and hearts in February. They are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.

Instead of doing the classic royal icing decorated cookie this year, I decided to try something different with the dough and keep the decorating simple.

decorated shamrock cookie with drizzle
Decorated with a vanilla almond bark drizzle and sprinkles for a super simple cookie

While I was making these guys, I thought why hasn’t there been a 4-leaf shamrock cookie cutter ever made? Imagine if they had, we’d be able to bake up a batch for friends and family for an extra measure of good luck!

Dough-Green Marbled

I used a traditional and standard sugar cookie dough and mixed it up. I took about 1/4 of the dough out and colored that part green.

To the finished dough, I took small pieces of the green dough and just placed it into the uncolored dough by pushing it into the dough at various places. Then, I kneaded the dough slightly allowing the green dough to streak through till it started to present a marble effect.

Rolling out the dough you can get a real feel for all your hard work. You can see the slight marble effect more and it makes for a great cookie color.

Also, another added bonus is the cookie has some color where you really don’t need to ice the top of them at all.

The marble effect allows for just a simple decoration which allows the cookie to stand alone without too much work in the decorating department. When you are in a hurry and looking for a quick idea, this definitely fits that for shamrock cookies.

shamrock cookie dough cut out in shamrock shapes
You can really see the the marbling in the dough

Baking and Cooling

The cookies are baked and cooled and ready for decorating.


You can bake these cookies up and then place in a freezer bag and freeze up to 3 months. The cookies will be ready for decorating after removing from the freezer.

freezing shamrock cookies in a freezer bag
Great for freezing to decorate later

Decorating Shamrock Cookies

I decided to go with a vanilla drizzle with St. Patrick’s Day green colored sprinkles for a simple decoration.

Here are some simple things you can use:

  • Sprinkles
  • Vanilla Almond Bark or candy coating

I used vanilla almond bark and heated this in the microwave at 30 second intervals till creamy, then placed in a piping bag. Sniping off the end for a small opening and drizzling each cookie with the coating in a diagonal pattern.

Working quickly, I then just used an assortment of sprinkles to place on top before the coating cools.

The coating dries super fast and you can immediately enjoy them or freeze to eat and give away later!

Simple and easy for a great themed cookie that not only looks good but tasty too!!

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