6 shamrock sugar cookies with green icing and piping decorations on a white plate.

St. Patrick’s Day is a week away and there are certainly throngs of people preparing for all-green celebrations starting this weekend. Once the green beer starts flowing, you’ll be in need of snacks. Always a crowd favorite, I love any excuse to decorate sugar cookies, so I couldn’t let St. Patrick’s Day float on by without dressing up some shamrocks. I made a few different varieties, but I think I’m partial to the sprinkles and the smiley. Check out the close-ups below and let me know which is your favorite!

A simple cookie that was sprinkled with green sanding sugar immediately after the royal icing went on, so it would stick:

Shamrock sugar cookie with green icing and green sprinkles.

One of many characteristic Irish sayings, along with “Erin Go Bragh”:

Shamrock sugar cookie with green icing and white lettering that says kiss me I'm Irish.

This cookie was inspired by Bridget at Bake at 350, although her hearts are definitely prettier than mine :)

Shamrock sugar cookie with green icing and a red heart in the center.

And finally, I saved the my favorite for last – the smiley shamrock cookie. In Pittsburgh there is a local restaurant chain, Eat n’ Park, that sells “Smiley” sugar cookies. They always have different varieties for the holidays, so I decided to make some of my shamrocks “smiley” shamrocks:

Shamrock sugar cookie with green icing and a white smiley face.


♦  Sugar cookie recipe

♦  How to decorate cookies with royal icing[/donotprint]