Betty's Shamrock Shortbread Cookies -- St. Patrick's Day

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Mar. 18, 2014

Betty demonstrates how to make Shamrock Shortbread Cookies. These shortbread cookies are great for any time of the year, but are particularly inviting when shaped as shamrocks and frosted with emerald green sugar glaze for St. Patrick's Day.


Butter 1/2 Cup (8 tbs) , softened
Powdered sugar 3/8 Cup (6 tbs)
Vanilla extract 1 Teaspoon
Almond extract 1/2 Teaspoon
All purpose flour 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Baking powder 1/4 Teaspoon
Salt 1/8 Teaspoon
For glaze
Powdered sugar 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Vanilla extract 1/2 Teaspoon
Water 1 Tablespoon (about)
Green food colouring 3 Drop (gel color)



1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F.

2. Line a baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.


3. In a large bowl, beat butter on medium speed of electric mixer until fluffy. Add powdered sugar, vanilla, and almond extract. Beat until smooth.

4. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, and salt.

5. Gradually add flour mixture into butter mixture, beating on low speed after each addition until dough forms a ball.

6. Shape cookie dough into a disc and place on lightly floured waxed paper. Sprinkle a small amount of flour on top and cover with 2nd waxed paper. Use a rolling pin to roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness between the two waxed papers.

7. Into a shallow 15-inch by 10-inch by 1-inch baking pan, place the rolled dough. Chill for 1 hour.

8. Slide dough, still in waxed paper, from baking pan to a cutting board. Remove top waxed paper from dough and using a cookie cutter cut into shamrock-shaped cookies.

9. With a spatula, remove each cookie from the bottom waxed paper and place in the pan lined with parchment paper, 1-inch apart.

10. Pop the pan in oven and bake for about 10-12 minutes, or until edges are golden. Gently remove cookies from baking pan and place on cooling rack. Cool completely before icing.

For Glaze:

11. In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar, vanilla extract, about 1 tablespoon water, and about 3 drops of gel food coloring. Stir until all ingredients are well combined.


12. When cookies are completely cooled, spread green glaze on top of each cookie.


13. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Cook Time: 12 Minutes
Ready In: 12 Minutes
Servings: 12

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 165Calories from Fat 68

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 8 g12.3%

Saturated Fat 4 g20%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 29 mg1.21%

Total Carbohydrates 22 g7.3%

Dietary Fiber %

Sugars 14 g

Protein 1 g2%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet