Shamrock Cookie Decorating Ideas

Last Updated on November 8, 2022 by ellen

Take a look at these shamrock cookie decorating ideas for a few new ideas. Learn how to make shamrock sugar cookies with this recipe.

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Take a look at these shamrock cookie decorating ideas for a few new ideas. Learn how to make shamrock sugar cookies with this recipe.

Shamrock Cookie Decorating Ideas

If you like to decorate cookies, these St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock sugar cookies are sure to be your favorite. These sugar cookies with royal icing are both festive and delicious.

Sugar cookies are one of my favorites because they are so easy to make. And, you can decorate them for just about any holiday.

Supplies to make easy shamrock sugar cookies

  • Rolling pin
  • Dough board or cutting board (as the floured surface)
  • Frosting or piping bag
  • Shamrock cookie cutter (various sizes)
  • Baking sheet or cookie sheet
  • Parchment paper

cookie decorating supplies in bowls

Toppings for St. Patrick’s Day shamrock cookies

  • Sprinkles
  • Food coloring
  • Sugar pearls
  • Cookie icing
  • White dots

ingredients in bowls near wooden spoons

St. Patrick’s Day cookies recipe

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon milk

white bowls with sprinkles and frosting

Directions

  1. Sift together the dry ingredients.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and milk slowly.
  3. Gradually add the flour until it pulls away from the side of the bowl.
  4. Wrap the dough in parchment paper and refrigerate it for 2 hours.
  5. Preheat oven to 375F.
  6. Sprinkle the surface you will roll the dough on with flour.
  7. Roll dough to 1/4″ thick. Refrigerate unused portions.
  8. Place 1″ apart on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  9. Bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until the edges just barely start to turn brown.
  10. Allow to cool completely before you decorate them.

I like to use two cookie sheets to save time letting the sheet cool between batches.

green and white cookies

What is royal icing?

Royal icing is frequently used for frosting sugar cookies. It is made of softly beaten egg whites, icing sugar, and sometimes lemon or lime juice

If you do not want to make royal icing, you can use white frosting – either homemade or store-bought. Either one will work well for your St. Patrick’s Day cookies.

It’s not difficult to make royal icing, but it is easier to use pre-made white frosting.

Can I use sugar cookie dough?

Yes, if you don’t want to make the dough from scratch for your shamrock sugar cookies, you can use store-bought dough that is premade.

Best shamrock cookie cutter

Sometimes I use a variety of different sizes when I make these lucky shamrock cookies. But, you can certainly make your shamrock sugar cookies all one size.

Shamrock sugar cookies frosting and decorations

Now it’s time to decorate your St. Patrick’s Day cookies! You can use whatever type of frosting or decoration you like.

How to store frosted sugar cookies

If you are going to store your frosted sugar cookies, it is best to do so in an airtight container. This will help to keep them from becoming stale.

cookies on parchment paper

How long do these decorated shamrock cookies last?

If they are properly stored, these shamrock cookies should last for about 2 weeks. You can freeze them (unfrosted) for up to 6 months if you want them to last longer.

Then, just allow them to come to room temperature before you frost them. You don’t want to freeze royal icing.

Take a look at these shamrock cookie decorating ideas for a few new ideas. Learn how to make shamrock sugar cookies with this recipe.

Easy shamrock cookie decorating ideas 

There are all sorts of different ways that you can decorate your St. Patrick’s Day shamrock cookies.

1. Pipe a shamrock on each cookie with royal icing.

2. Use green food coloring to make a frosting that is the color of shamrocks.

3. Use sugar pearls or other small round decorations to make a clover on each cookie.

Take a look at these shamrock cookie decorating ideas for a few new ideas. Learn how to make shamrock sugar cookies with this recipe.

4. Make white dots in the center of each shamrock with royal icing or frosting.

5. Use green sprinkles to make a border around the edge of each cookie.

6. Add a name or phrase to each cookie with edible markers or frosting.

7. Use edible green glitter to make the cookies sparkle.

8. Make a 3-D clover out of sugar paste or fondant.

9. Use green dragees (these are small candy balls) to make shamrocks on each cookie.

10. Try something completely different and use your imagination! There are lots of shamrock cookie decorating ideas.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I hope you enjoy these cookies for St Patrick’s Day.

When it comes to St. Patrick’s Day, there are a few things that are a must: green clothes, shamrocks, and of course, cookies! These lucky sugar cookies will put you in the spirit of the holiday, no matter what else you do to celebrate.

You may also enjoy this Banana Pudding Fluff.

More fun ideas for the family

Yield: 36

Shamrock Cookie Recipe

Take a look at these shamrock cookie decorating ideas for a few new ideas. Learn how to make shamrock sugar cookies with this recipe.

Take a look at these shamrock cookie decorating ideas for a few new ideas. Learn how to make shamrock sugar cookies with this recipe.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 39 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Instructions

  1. Sift together the dry ingredients.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and milk slowly.
  3. Gradually add the flour until it pulls away from the side of the bowl.
  4. Wrap the dough in parchment paper and refrigerate it for 2 hours.
  5. Preheat oven to 375F.
  6. Sprinkle the surface you will roll the dough on with flour.
  7. Roll dough to 1/4″ thick. Refrigerate unused portions.
  8. Place 1″ apart on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  9. Bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until the edges just barely start to turn brown.
  10. Allow to cool completely before you decorate them.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 160Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 102mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 0gSugar: 8gProtein: 2g

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