Shamrock Cookies are festive and fun sugar cookies using a Shamrock cookie cutter. They are topped with tasty green frosting and sprinkles for a fabulous treat.

Plate of shamrock cookies.
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Sugar Cookies are so delicious, and this recipe transforms the basic recipe into darling Shamrocks. This cookie recipe is very simple with easy-to-follow instructions. They look great and taste just as wonderful for an easy St. Patrick’s Day Dessert.

It’s so easy that you will have time to make St Patrick’s Day Cake Mix Cookies and St. Patrick’s Day Chocolate Covered Pretzels for your family.

Why this recipe works

It looks like a bakery quality dessert but can easily be made at home. These simple to follow instructions will turn anyone into a wonderful baker.

Make these today for a great treat for friends and family.

Ingredients

Ingredients for cookies - flour, butter, sugar, vanilla, eggs, baking powder, milk, powdered sugar, corn syrup, vanilla, gel food coloring, sprinkles.
  • All Purpose Flour 
  • Salted Butter (softened) 
  • Granulated Sugar 
  • Vanilla Extract 
  • Large Eggs 
  • Baking Powder  

Frosting

  • Powdered Sugar (sifted) 
  • Milk 
  • Light Corn Syrup 
  • Vanilla Extract 
  • Green Gel Food Coloring 
  • Green Sugar Sprinkles (optional) 

Get the complete ingredient list for Shamrock Cookies Recipe at the bottom of the page.

Variations

  • Dip the cookie in chocolate. Skip the icing and dip half of the cookie in melted chocolate. Then top with green sprinkles.
  • Buttercream frosting. Pipe Cinnamon Buttercream on the cookies and add sprinkles.

Step by step instructions

Butter in mixing bowl being creamed.

Step 1. Use a large mixing bowl and cream the butter with the sugar until smooth. It should not be grainy.

Eggs and vanilla added to mixture.

Step 2. Then add the eggs and vanilla extract.  Mix until combined.  

Dry ingredients combined and added to wet ingredients.

Step 3. Use a separate large bowl and sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together. Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture. Continue mixing to make sure the flour mixture is thoroughly blended.

Dough in bowl mixed together.

Step 4. Next, form the sugar cookie dough into a ball. Then wrap it in plastic wrap completely covering the entire dough ball. Allow to chill in the refrigerator for about 6 hours or overnight. Check to see if the dough is firm. Pull the cookie dough out of the refrigerator and sit it out to soften up a bit.

Cookies cut out on cutting board.

Step 5. Prepare the cutting board with flour. Also, rub flour on the rolling pin, and work some flour into the batter (if needed). Use a shamrock shaped cookie cutter begin to make your cookies on the lightly floured surface.

Cookies on baking sheet.

Step 6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Move the cut cookies to the cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes until the cookies are lightly browned around the edges.

Cookies on wire rack.

Step 7. Allow to sit on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before moving to wire racks to cool completely.  

Mixing bowl with frosting ingredients.

Step 8. While the cookies cool, make the frosting. Combine all ingredients (except for food coloring) in a mixing bowl using an electric mixer on medium speed for 4 minutes. I used a stand mixer. Add the milk slowly until the frosting is a pipe-able consistency.  

Green food coloring added to bowl.

Step 9. Next, add the green food coloring. Stir until the frosting is a vibrant green color.  

Icing piped on each cookie.

Step 10. Transfer the frosting to a piping bag fitted with Wilton tip #5.  Pipe the frosting onto the cookie. I suggest starting to outline the outside shape of the cookie and then fill in the remaining frosting in the center of the cookie. 

Cookies on wire rack.

Step 11. Top with sprinkles. Once frosted, allow to harden.

Cookies spread on counter ready to enjoy.

Step 12. Serve and enjoy.

Plate of shamrock cookies.

Storage

Store the leftover cookies at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 10 days. 

Pro Tips

  • Pipe the frosting. You can use a ziplock bag with a tip removed from the bag instead of piping bags if you prefer.  
  • Chill the dough. Do not skip chilling the dough. This is important prior to rolling and cutting into shapes.
  • Room temperature butter. Make sure the butter has been softened at room temperature. It will be easier to cream and result in a smoother texture.

FAQs

Can I freeze the cookies?

You can freeze the cookies. Just make sure they have completely set before storing. Place inside a freezer container. Freeze up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge when ready to eat.

You can also freeze the dough. Wrap in plastic wrap and place inside a freezer bag. Freeze up to 3 months. Thaw and then roll as normal and use cookie cutters.

Learn How to Freeze Cookie Dough.

Can I use food coloring to tint the dough?

Yes, you can use a few drops of green food coloring to slightly tint the dough.

Shamrock cookies on a plate.

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Shamrock Cookies

5 from 1 vote
These Shamrock Cookies are easy to make. Simple shamrock cutout cookies are delicious with a simple green frosting.
Prep Time 6 hours 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 30 minutes
Servings 24
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 244

Ingredients

For the Cookies:

For the Frosting:

  • 3 cups Powdered Sugar sifted
  • 3-4 Tablespoons Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Light Corn Syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • Green Gel Food Coloring
  • Green Sugar Sprinkles optional

Instructions

For the Cookies:

  • Cream the soft butter with the sugar until the combination is smooth, not grainy to the touch in a mixing bowl.
  • Add the eggs and vanilla extract.  Mix until combined.
  • Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture. Continue mixing to make sure all ingredients are thoroughly blended.
  • Make the dough into a ball, wrap it in cling wrap completely covering the entire dough ball.
  • Put in the refrigerator for about 6 hours or overnight.
  • Check to see if the dough is firm. Pull the cookie dough out of the refrigerator and sit it out to soften up a bit.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Put flour out on the wood cutting board, rub flour on the rolling pin, and work some flour into the batter (if needed). Use a shamrock shaped cookie cutter begin to make your cookies.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Using a metal spatula move the cut cookies to the parchment lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes until the cookies are lightly browned around the edges.
  • Let the cookies sit on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before moving the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the Frosting:

  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl mixing on medium speed for 4 minutes. (except your food coloring). Do not add all the milk and add the last tablespoon slowly until the frosting is a pipe-able consistency.
  • Add the green food coloring and stir it in until the frosting is a vibrant green color.
  • Transfer the frosting to a piping bag fitted with Wilton tip #5.
  • Pipe the frosting onto the cookie.  It’s best to outline the outside shape of the cookie and then fill in the remaining frosting in the center of the cookie.
  • Top with sprinkles if desired.
  • Allow for the frosting to harden at room temperature and then the cookies are ready to serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 244kcal, Carbohydrates 36g, Protein 2g, Fat 11g, Saturated Fat 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 4g, Trans Fat 0.3g, Cholesterol 34mg, Sodium 135mg, Potassium 27mg, Fiber 0.4g, Sugar 25g, Vitamin A 259IU, Calcium 19mg, Iron 1mg

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