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Lucky Leprechaun Cookies

Let these little guys be the stars of your St. Patrick's Day party. They're so fun to make and create an unforgettable impression! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 15 cookies


  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 to 4 cups Royal Icing
  • Assorted paste food coloring
  • Shamrock and gold sprinkles, optional
  • Edible Marker, optional


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until easy to handle.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in. thickness. For leprechauns, cut out dough with lightly floured 5-in. gingerbread boy cookie cutter. If desired, trim leprechaun's body for a thinner shape.
  • For each hat, cut a 1-1/4-in. square and a 1-3/4x1/4-in. brim from dough scraps. Place leprechauns 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Place hat squares and brims above heads, shaping gently to touch the heads.
  • Bake 10-14 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool 1 minute before carefully removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  • Tint small amounts of Royal Icing pink, skin tone and black. Leave a small amount plain (white). Tint remaining icing Kelly green, leaf green green and orange. Frost leprechauns; if desired, decorate using shamrock sprinkles on hat and gold sprinkles as buttons, use edible marker to draw freckles.
Editor's Note: This recipe may also be used to make shamrock cookies, using 2-1/2-in. or 4-in. cookie cutters. Or, using 3-in. alphabet cookie cutters, cut out the letters for IRISH or any phrase or name. Reduce baking time to 8-10 minutes for both cookies. (Refer to cover photos and at right for decorating ideas.) Yield for shamrocks or letters is about 6 dozen. Edible glitter is available from Wilton Industries. Call 1-800/794-5866 or visit
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 439 calories, 19g fat (12g saturated fat), 74mg cholesterol, 405mg sodium, 62g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.
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  • Kathleen
    Jan 28, 2020

    I have made these cookies every year since I first saw the recipe in the Taste of Home little cookbook--and everyone loves to receive them--family, friends, and coworkers! They are delicious and fun.

  • justinbieber<3
    Mar 17, 2010

    it tasted amazing i cant wait to make it adain

  • mikki50
    Mar 14, 2010

    I took them to work and eveyone one jusy love with coffee.Mikki Shell Knob

  • kasley
    Mar 9, 2010

    These cookies were amazing for the kids to make the dough was just right it didnt crumble nor it wasnt ever sticky. I will use this cookie recipe for all my holiday cookies or just for fun when i want to make cookies for myself thanks again taste of home ive really enjoyed all the recipes you have sent to me!!!!