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Shamrock Cookies Recipe
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Shamrock Cookies Recipe

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A handy cookie cutter shapes these sensational sweets. With a hint of mint flavor, these cookies are especially yummy with cocoa or chocolate milk. —Edna Hoffman, Hebron, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min.
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min.
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Green paste food coloring
  • Green colored sugar, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 192 calories, 11 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 12 mg cholesterol, 135 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream the shortening and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extract. Gradually add flour and salt. Tint with food coloring. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a lightly floured 2-in. shamrock cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Sprinkle with colored sugar if desired.
  3. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool for 1 minute before removing to wire racks. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Shamrock Cookies in Country Woman March/April 2002, p17

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Reviewed Dec. 8, 2013

"I actually used this recipe to make Christmas cookies, using Christmas cookie cutters. I used shortening rather than butter and substituted vanilla for the peppermint extract. The cookies turned out great - they were easy to roll out and cut, and they tasted really good, too."

Reviewed Mar. 1, 2012

"I?m planning the St. Patrick?s Day party for my daughter?s class. I can?t wait to make these..they will be a hit with the kids! I found some cello candy bags from Box and Wrap that have shamrocks on the bags?.so cute. It?s the extra special touches that make the party great. Thanks so much for the recipe."

Reviewed Mar. 21, 2011

"My family loved these cookies, they were easy to make.I cut them out with the shamrock cookie cutter and decorated some of them with green,sparkling sugar, and some with pearlized sugar. that gave them the added touch for St. Patrick's Day."

Reviewed Mar. 16, 2011

"We have been making this recipe for years! Now I make them every year at this time with my boys. I like to roll the dough into balls, placing three together then adding a stem. My 4 year old can help make the balls and then my 2 year old can make an indentation in each ball with his finger."

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