So, tomorrow is shamrock day. St. Patrick's Day. I've been surfing the Internet for recipes, and I found shamrock cupcakes, green-hatted cake pops, shamrock shakes and what not.
I prefer cookies. Sweet. Sugary. Vanilla-y. And, in this case, shamrock-y!
A basic sugar cookie, shamrock-shaped and dressed up with green cookie icing. If you'd like, the edges of the frosting can be sprinkled with green colored sugar.
For the cookies,
1 1/2 cups butter
2 cups flour
5 cups flour (oh yeah, for 5 dozen cookies!)
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt
For the cookie icing, you can either use store bought green, or...
Whip together a pound of icing sugar and 2 egg whites. That's it.
Cream together the butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and beat in the vanilla. Sift in the flour, baking powder, and salt to form a sticky dough. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour to overnight.
After refrigerating, dust a work surface with flour and roll out your dough using a rolling pin. Cut out clover/ shamrock shapes using a cookie cutter or paper template. Place on well greased cookie sheets and bake at 350°F (180°C) until the bottoms are browned lightly. Let cool completely before frosting. Add sprinkles, if you'd like.