Tuesday, March 4

St Patty's Day Cookies

Mint Sugar Cookies with Green Icing
March 17th, St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner.  
We celebrate by dressing in green for the day and going to The St. Patrick's Day parade in our area.
I always have a pot of Corned Beef and Cabbage waiting for us when we return home.  And even the desserts are decorated with green this time of year!

This cookie starts with a delicious sugar cookie recipe; add mint chips and a wee touch of mint extract.  Finish with a green glaze icing for St. Patrick’s Day treat.

St. Patty's Day Cookies


Creme De Menthe chips or mint chocolate chips
1 cup real butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2  teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon mint extract
2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted or stirred before measuring
A dash salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup of Nestles mint chocolate chips or Andes Creme De Menthe baking chips

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add vanilla and mint.
Sift together flour, salt, and baking powder.
Stir dry ingredients into butter mixture; mixing until well blended.
Stir in mint chips.
Cookies ready to go in the oven
Shape dough into small balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake cookies at 350° for 10 to 12 minutes or until just lightly golden brown. Do not over bake.
Let cool.
Powered sugar, milk and green food coloring for icing
1 ½ Cups powdered sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons milk
Dash of green food coloring

Mix powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon milk and dash of food coloring together to make a spreadable icing. 
If icing is too thick add just a dash of milk.  If Icing is too thin, add a little more powdered sugar. 
Fill an icing bag with icing to decorate cookies
Spread icing on cooled cookies, using a knife or spoon.
Or fill an icing bag with icing and decorate cookies.
If you do not have an icing bag, improvise by using a corner of a sandwich bag (it works in a pinch)
Allow icing to harden before storing cookies
Allow the icing to harden before storing cookies.

Makes 2 to 3 dozen cookies


May you have warm words on a cold evening,
a full moon on a dark night,
and the road downhill all the way to your door.

May your pockets hold always a coin or two.
May the sun shine bright on your windowpane.

May your blessings outnumber the Shamrocks that grow.
And may trouble avoid you wherever you go.

May the rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.

And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

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