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Easy Irish Shamrock Cookies

Fun If You're Irish - and If You're Not!

These Easy Irish Shamrock Cookies are fun to make and a terrific cookie recipe for kids.

You can make them with any sugar cookie recipe. If you have a favorite, by all means use it. 

In this version I use a sugar cookie mix, but I dress it up. The reason is simple. The fun in making these cookies is assembling the clover leaves into shamrocks! I don't want to spend my time mixing and measuring.

You’ll take teaspoonfuls of sugar cookie dough, drop them onto a cutting board, and cut them into quarters. Three of the wedges become clover leafs. You’ll roll the fourth into the stem and then sprinkle the whole cookie with green colored sugar.

Prep time: 20-30 minutes

Bake time: 6-8 minutes

Makes about 3 dozen cookies

Easy Irish Shamrock Cookies from The Cookie Elf


1 package (18-20 ounces) sugar cookie mix

½ cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, room temperature

1 egg

Green food coloring (optional)

Green colored sugar (for decorating)

Directions for Easy Irish Shamrock Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set sheets aside.
  2. In a medium bowl using an electric mixer on medium speed, combine cookie mix, butter, and egg until blended. If you’re coloring the cookie dough with green food coloring to resemble clover leafs, add 3-5 drops and blend it into the cookie dough until the color is even.
  3. Use a measuring teaspoon to measure packed spoonfuls of cookie dough and turn them onto a cutting board. With a plastic knife, cut each spoonful into quarters. Arrange three of the wedges into a cloverleaf shape, with the points touching. Roll the fourth quarter between your fingers into a stem. Set its tip in touching the center of the shamrock, where the points meet. Sprinkle the shamrocks with green colored sugar or other cookie decorations.
  4. Bake for 6-8 minutes or until edges of cookies just begin to turn golden. Do not over bake!
  5. Allow cookies to sit on the baking sheet for 3-5 minutes until they are firm. Use a spatula to move cookies from baking sheet to a wire rack to cool. Let cookies cool completely.
  6. Store in an airtight container with waxed paper between layers.

Baking Tips for Easy Irish Shamrock Cookies

Less is more! If you scoop out larger spoonfuls of dough to make cookies, be aware that shamrock leaves will spread and lose their shape when baking.

If you press down the dough “leaves” slightly before sprinkling them with sugar, then the sugar or decos will adhere more readily to the cookies.


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