St Patrick's Day Cookie Recipes

These St Patrick's Day Cookie recipes are easy recipes to make, and they call for simple ingredients, yet with their fun shapes, they will look and taste absolutely fantastic.

The Irish-GREEN colored cookies look terrific on any dessert table, and they can make a great edible St Patrick's Day gift for someone special on your list.

And for a fun idea, get your kids to help you decorate the St Patrick’s Day cookies!

Easy St Patrick's Day Cookie Recipes

Adapted from Traditional Irish Desserts

Shamrock Cookie DoughHave Fun Making Lucky Leprechaun Shamrock Cookies
(Source: ©123rf/Joerg Beuge)

Lucky Leprechaun Shamrock Cookies

Sugar Cookie Recipe Ingredients:

1/4 cup butter (room temperature)
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon of egg, well beaten
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup plus 1 teaspoon flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt


For this St Patrick's Day cookie recipe, place the butter into the large bowl of a stand mixer. Add the sugar and beat on medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Beat in the egg and the vanilla.

Place the flour into a sifter. Add the baking powder and salt to the sifter. Sift the flour mixture into the bowl with the butter mixture. Place the mixer speed on low and mix until the dough is well blended.

Lightly flour a flat surface and turn the cookie dough onto the surface. Place a little flour on your hands and knead the dough gently for 30 seconds.

Shape the dough into a round disk, cover with plastic wrap, and chill for at least 2 hours. Remove the chilled dough and allow it to set at room temperature for 10 minutes.

Allow the oven to heat to 350°F while cutting the cookies. Very lightly spray a cookie baking sheet with a non stick coating or lightly grease with shortening or vegetable oil.

Sprinkle a little flour on a flat counter surface and on a rolling pin. Roll dough out to 1/4-inch thickness, turning the dough as needed and adding flour to the surface as needed to keep the dough from sticking.

Use a shamrock cookie cutter to cut the sugar cookie dough into shamrock shapes for St Patrick's Day nibbling.

Place the cut cookies on the prepared baking sheet. Bake cookies 8 minutes or until they are just beginning to brown.

Remove and allow to cool 2 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to continue cooling before adding the Green Shamrock Icing (below).

Shamrock Cookie CutterHave Fun With Your Shamrock Cookie Cutter
(Source: ©123rf/Joerg Beuge)

Grandma has a wonderful selection of recipes for making cut-out sugar cookies and delicious shortbread cookies elsewhere on this site that could also be decorated as Shamrock Cookies.

Green Shamrock Icing Recipe

Grandma's Tip

Use St. Patrick's Day fun cookie cutter shapes and make whatever designs you like. Be sure to divide the icing into separate bowls if you want to use different colors for decorating.

2-1/4 cups of confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon powdered egg whites
3 tablespoons water
4 drops green food coloring

Place the confectioners' sugar into a medium bowl. Add the powered egg whites and toss to combine. Whisk the water into the mixture until the icing is smooth.

Add the green food coloring and gently stir to color the icing. Extra green food coloring can be added to make your shamrocks darker in color, if desired. After all, isn't green your favorite color?

Ice one side of each cookie with the green icing. You don't need a piping bag; the easy way is to simply use a table knife. Set the cookies back on the wire rack and allow the icing to harden slightly before serving.

Green sugar sprinkles can be added, if desired. The green sprinkles will make your Lucky Leprechaun Shamrocks sparkly. Store in airtight container until ready to serve.

This St Patrick's Day cookie recipe makes about 18 decorated cookies.

No Bake Lucky Green Cookie Pops


20 vanilla wafers
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
10 wooden ice cream sticks
1 (12 ounce) bag white chocolate chips
4 drops green food coloring
Waxed paper


For this St Patrick's Day cookie recipe, spread each of the vanilla wafer cookies on one side with the peanut butter. Place a wooden ice cream stick halfway up the cookie in the peanut butter on half of the cookies. Take the other cookies and place peanut butter side down on top of the wooden stick.

Melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave or stove top as directed on the package. Place the green food coloring into the melted chocolate and stir to combine.

Dip each cookie pop into the white chocolate being sure to cover completely. After dipping, lay each cookie pop on the wax paper. Place the cookie pops in the refrigerator until set, about 2 hours. This St Patrick's Day cookie recipe makes 10 green cookie pops.

Decorating Your Irish Cookie Pops

Green GumdropsGreen Gumdrops for Decorating Your Irish Cookie Pops
(Source: ©Evangelos Thomaidis/

Grandma's Tip

These dessert ideas can also be used for decorating St Patrick's Day cakes and cupcakes too.

There are many variations to the way these cookie pops can be decorated making them the perfect dessert treat. For example, decoration can be added before the chocolate sets as follows:

  • Make three-leaf shamrocks by cutting green gum drops in halves and positioning the pieces into a leaf form on the chocolate.
  • A Pot of Gold design can be made by cutting either a black or dark-colored gum drop in half and placing it on the chocolate. Position 3 or 4 yellow Nerds® candies (or tiny bits of yellow gum drop) above the gum drop pot to represent the gold coins in the pot.
  • Leprechauns can also be made. Use a yellow gumdrop cut in half and shaped to make the beard. A pink Smartie® (or pink M&M's) can be used for the face.
  • Add chocolate sprinkles to the top for the Leprechaun's hair and attach half of a green gum drop to the very top before the chocolate firms for his Leprechaun hat.

Get the entire family involved in decorating the Irish Cookie Pops. Make this sweet treat part of your St. Patrick's Day festivities.

Frosty Chocolate Shamrock Cookies

This frosty frozen St Patrick's Day cookie recipe is adapted from an old fashioned recipe for ice cream sandwiches.

Grandma's Tip

Here's a fun idea. You can serve these frosty chocolate cookies on other holiday occasions simply by using a different cookie cutter to change the shape of the cookies and by changing the ice cream flavor and color.

You will love making these Frosty Chocolate Shamrock Cookies. This sweet treat is one of the easiest cookies to make. Actually, it's more like an ice cream sandwich than a cookie, that's what makes it a great idea. It's the frozen treat that's perfect for a Saint Patrick's Day party.

Just imagine these green treats: Frozen, light-green mint chocolate chip ice cream sandwiched between two homemade chocolate flavored shamrock cookies. It can't get any better than that!


6 tablespoons butter, softened at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1-1/2 teaspoons milk
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/3 cups of flour
1/4 cup baking cocoa
1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups mint chocolate chip ice cream, softened


Place the butter into a mixing bowl. Add the sugar and use an electric mixer on medium speed to cream the ingredients together. Add the egg, milk, and vanilla, and stir until well combined.

Place the flour into a separate bowl. Add the baking cocoa and baking powder. Sprinkle in the salt and toss to combine ingredients together well. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture and blend together until the dry ingredients are just moistened.

Divide the dough into two equal sections then flatten both sections. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour or until the dough is firm.

Allow the oven to heat to 350°F while finishing the cookie preparation.

Flour a flat surface lightly and place the sections of flattened firm dough onto the surface. Use a shamrock cookie cutter and cut the dough out into cookie pieces.

Place the pieces on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper in a single layer. Prick each cookie in the middle with a fork.

Bake about 8 minutes, or until set. Allow the cookies to cool 2 minutes after the baking process, then transfer to a wire rack to completely cool to room temperature.

Spread six cooled cookies with the ice cream using about 1/4 cup for each cookie. Top the ice cream with the remaining 6 cookies.

Wrap each cookie individually in plastic freezer wrap and freeze for 1 hour or until the ice cream is frozen solid.

This frozen St Patrick's Day cookie recipe makes 6 frosty shamrock sandwich cookies.

Be sure to Bookmark these St Patrick's Day cookie recipes. Your friends and family will love eating your homemade St Patrick's Day party treats!

Happy St Patrick's Day

Vintage Irish Hearts Greeting c.1915IRISH HEARTS
Let the Clarion notes resound
On Dear Ireland's distant shore
And re-echo through our hearts,
For St. Patrick evermore. —c.1915

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