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Shamrock Mint Cookies

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.
  • Makes
    2-1/2 dozen


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


  • 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.
  • Shape into three 8-in. logs; roll in colored sugar. Wrap each in plastic wrap; refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.
  • 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.
  • Bake at 350° for 12-14 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 181 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated fat), 39mg cholesterol, 136mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
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  • cynthiaelliott
    Apr 3, 2010

    These cookies were as much fun to make as they were to eat. It was a different twist than shortbread cutouts, but still had shamrocks for St. Patrick's Day.