Shamrock Sugar Cookies are a delicious festive treat for your St. Patrick's Day party. These beautifully decorated sugar cookies taste amazing!
These homemade St. Patrick's Day treats start with a yummy sugar cookie recipe. I then decorated the cookies with my easy recipe for Royal Icing. Various cookie decorating techniques were used to make these festive cookies such as brush embroidery cookie decorating, a tartan design and a Stained Glass effect.
Decorated sugar cookies
I found the Shamrock cookie cutter at my local bake shop.
These Shamrock sugar cookies have a pumpkin spice flavor. They taste fantastic, not that bland taste you often get with sugar cookies. Another flavor of sugar cookie you may like is Cardamom Spice. My sugar cookie recipe is a tried and true recipe for making the best cookies that cut out perfectly.
This post was originally published March 15, 2012. I occasionally update with fresh tips, content and photos. Current update February 25, 2020.
Shamrock Sugar Cookies
- 1 ½ cups butter room temperature
- 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
- 1 vanilla bean opened and seeds scraped out
- 2 eggs + 1 extra yolk
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin spice
- 3 ¾ cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
For decorating the cookies
- royal icing link to recipe in notes
- green lifesaver candies for stained glass cookies
- Whisk together flour, salt and pumpkin spice.
- Using an electric mixer beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
- Add vanilla bean, mix well, then add the eggs. Beat to combine.
- Add the flour mixture and mix until fully combined.
- Separate the dough in 3 even pieces, wrap in plastic wrap and place in the fridge to chill for at least 30 minutes.
- When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- Lightly flour a work surface and roll the dough out to ¼ inch thickness.
- Dust Shamrock cookie cutter with flour and cut into shapes.
- For Stained glass look - cut dough with large circle cookie cutter (make sure Shamrock cookie cutter fits into circle). Then cut shamrock inside circle. Fill each Shamrock shape with crushed green lifesavers. Cookie sheet MUST be lined with parchment paper or cookies will stick to cookie sheet.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes. The edges just starting to brown.
- Cool completely on the cookie sheets.
- Decorate with royal Icing.