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Decorative Shamrock shaped cookies.

Shamrock Sugar Cookies

Course: cookies, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Shamrock cookies, St. Patrick's Day cookies
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 9 minutes
Servings: 36
Calories: 151kcal
Author: Laureen King
Shamrock shaped sugar cookies, perfect for St. Patrick's Day!
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  • 1 ½ cups softened butter
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean opened and seeds scraped out
  • 2 eggs + 1 extra yolk
  • 2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice or 2 tsp. Cardamom
  • 3 ¾ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • green lifesaver candies for stained glass cookies


  • Sift together flour, salt & pumpkin spice.
  • Using an electric mixer beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy—5 minutes.
  • Add vanilla bean, mix well then add eggs. Beat to combine.
  • Slowly add the flour mix until the dough is smooth.
  • Separate the dough and wrap it in 3 separate pieces. Place in the fridge and chill for at least 30 minutes.
  • When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line several cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Flour a work surface and roll the disk out to ¼ inch thick.
  • Cut out Shamrock cookie shapes for brush embroidery technique.
  • 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. (edges just starting to brown)
  • Cool completely on the cookie sheets before moving.
  • Decorate with Royal Icing.


Royal Icing
1 lb icing sugar (powdered sugar)
5 tbsp meringue powder
½ cup water
1 tsp vanilla
Beat together on medium speed for about 7 minutes. Icing will be very thick. To base cover icing thin icing with a teaspoon of water at a time until flows easily.
Let icing harden completely before decorating with brush embroidery technique.
Check out step by step How to decorate sugar cookies with Royal Icing.
Instructions for stained glass technique 


Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 135mg | Potassium: 19mg | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 250IU | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.7mg