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Shamrock Mint Cookies Recipe

My kids have fun helping me make these cute cookies. Although these festive morsels are really meant for St. Patrick's Day, my family requests them year-round.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min. YIELD:15 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Green food coloring
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Green colored sugar

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, extract and food coloring. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well.
  • 2. Shape into three 8-in. logs; roll in colored sugar. Wrap each in plastic wrap; refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.
  • 3. Unwrap and cut into 1/4-in. slices. To form shamrocks, place three slices with sides touching 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Use a portion of another slice for stem.
  • 4. Bake at 350° for 12-14 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 181 calories, 10 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 39 mg cholesterol, 136 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.