Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Shamrock Sugar Cookies

I love to celebrate holidays any way I can, big or small.  Weather it's making a special meal/dessert, picking out a few thoughtful decorations to put out in the house or planning a fun outing, there is just something nice about acknowledging holidays.  St. Patrick's day is an especially happy holiday for me.  I have so many great memories of St. Patrick's Day gatherings at my Great Aunts house.  She would always invite us over for a special Irish dinner on St. Patrick's day; she loved to celebrate her Irish heritage.  I can almost taste the Corned Beef Cabbage, Shepherd's Pie, and Irish Soda Bread today.

Now, I know sugar cookies aren't exactly an Irish tradition, however, I figured if I punched them out with a Shamrock cookie cutter and thew some green and gold sanding sugars on them , they might just make the cut.

This recipe for The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies is fail proof in my opinion.   It's very easy, provides great results, and I don't have one bad thing to say about it.

Here are the steps I took to make these cookies:
(In case you are wondering, I halved the linked recipe)

Soften butter (still cold and not too mushy), then cream with sugar. Next, beat in vanilla and eggs.

Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt by hand until dough forms.

Refrigerate the dough for at least an hour.
In the mean time, prepare baking pans with parchment paper.

Once the dough is chilled, clean and flour a smooth surface for rolling the dough and cutting the cookies out.

I baked these cookies at 400 degrees for about 6-8 minutes until the edges were just starting to turn golden brown.

Once the the cookies are cooled, it's time for DECORATING (the best part).
I used THIS recipe for Royal Icing. I wanted the icing to be a pale green so I used one drop each of green and yellow food coloring.  I lined the cookies with a #2 tip,  flooded them with an icing spatula, and then dipped them in sanding sugar.

Ready to eat.

This weekend I am hoping to make it out to one of the local St. Patrick's Day parades and have a try at making my very first Shepherd's Pie. 

What's your favorite way to celebrate the not so major holidays?

xo Bridget

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