Betty’s Kitchen Shamrock Shortbread Cookies — St. Patrick’s Day Recipe Videos
Betty’s Shamrock Shortbread Cookies — St. Patrick’s Day
Mar 15, 2014
Betty demonstrates how to make Shamrock Shortbread Cookies. These shortbread cookies are great for any time of the year, but are particularly inviting when shaped as shamrocks and frosted with emerald green sugar glaze for St. Patrick’s Day.
½ cup butter, softened
3/8 cup powdered sugar (This is the same as confectioner’s sugar or icing sugar.)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon almond extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup powdered sugar (This is the same a confectioner’s sugar or icing sugar.)
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
about 1 tablespoon water
about 3 drops green gel food coloring
In a large bowl, beat butter on medium speed of electric mixer until fluffy. Add powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Add vanilla and almond extracts and stir until combined. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating on low speed until dough forms a ball. Shape cookie dough into a disc and place on lightly floured waxed paper.
Sprinkle a small amount of flour on top and cover with 2nd waxed paper. Use a rolling pin to roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness between the two waxed papers. Transfer dough, in waxed papers, to a shallow 15-inch by 10-inch by 1-inch baking pan. Chill for 1 hour.
Slide dough, still in waxed paper, from baking pan to a cutting board. Line bottom of baking pan with parchment paper. Remove top waxed paper from dough on cutting board. Use a cookie cutter to cut shamrock-shaped cookies. With a spatula, remove each cookie from the bottom waxed paper and place it in the pan lined with parchment paper, 1-inch apart. Bake shamrock cookies at 350 degrees (F) about 10 to 12 minutes, or until edges are golden. Gently remove cookies from baking pan and place on cooling rack. Cool completely before icing. While cookies are cooling, make green sugar glaze: Place 1 cup powdered sugar in a small bowl. Add ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, about 1 tablespoon water, and about 3 drops of gel food coloring.
Stir until all ingredients are well combined. When cookies are completely cooled, spread green glaze on top of each cookie, using a brush or spreader. Arrange cookies on a nice serving plate. Enjoy! I love these cookies. I hope you do, too! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!! — Betty 🙂
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