Everyone loves to celebrate a feast day with cookies, and what better cookies to make on St. Patrick’s Day than cookies decorated like St. Patrick himself? These are very simple to decorate and don’t require a special cookie cutter. They’re fun to make, and even better to eat! Recipe makes 4 to 5 dozen cookies.
- 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 5 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar, then beat in the eggs and vanilla.
- Next, stir in the flour, salt, and baking powder.
- Cover the bowl, and chill in the refrigerator for at least two hours, or overnight.
- Roll cookie dough onto a floured surface to about 1/2-to 1/4-inch thickness.
- Take a small- to medium-sized mixing bowl and lay it upside down on your rolled-out dough.
- Using a sharp knife, cut a big circle along the edge of the bowl.
- Cut the cookie dough circle into 8 slices, the same way you would cut a pizza.
- These cookie slices will become St. Patrick!
- Place the cookies 1 inch apart on parchment paper, and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 6 to 8 minutes, or until golden brown at the edges.
- Remove cookies and allow them to cool completely.
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 4 tablespoons powdered sugar
- Green and red food coloring
- Ready-to-use decorating icing, white
- Stir together the cream and powdered sugar with a spoon and separate into two bowls.
- Color most of this icing green and the smaller portion red.
- This icing paints onto the cookies with a new paintbrush or a cotton swab.
- Paint the top and bottom thirds of the cookie green, leaving some of the cookie plain for his face.
- Add 2 red dots to his face for his cheeks. This icing will dry shiny.
- Once the initial icing is dry, use ready-to-use decorating icing to add a cross to the miter, two eyes, a simple crosier, and a curly beard!