St. Patrick Sugar Cookies

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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
  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar, then beat in the eggs and vanilla.
  2. Next, stir in the flour, salt, and baking powder.
  3. Cover the bowl, and chill in the refrigerator for at least two hours, or overnight.
  4. Roll cookie dough onto a floured surface to about 1/2-to 1/4-inch thickness.
  5. Take a small- to medium-sized mixing bowl and lay it upside down on your rolled-out dough.
  6. Using a sharp knife, cut a big circle along the edge of the bowl.
  7. Cut the cookie dough circle into 8 slices, the same way you would cut a pizza.
  8. These cookie slices will become St. Patrick!
  9. 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.
  10. Remove cookies and allow them to cool completely.

For decorating:


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • Green and red food coloring
  • Ready-to-use decorating icing, white
  1. Stir together the cream and powdered sugar with a spoon and separate into two bowls.
  2. Color most of this icing green and the smaller portion red.
  3. This icing paints onto the cookies with a new paintbrush or a cotton swab.
  4. Paint the top and bottom thirds of the cookie green, leaving some of the cookie plain for his face.
  5. Add 2 red dots to his face for his cheeks. This icing will dry shiny.
  6. 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!

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