I love holidays and the treats that go with them. St. Patrick’s Day Cookies is one of my favorites! When my girls were growing up, on March 17th of every year, we made green bread, green gelatin, green pancakes, and green milk. And of course, sugar cookies with green frosting and sprinkles. Life is so good when kids help you in the kitchen.
A fun thing about cookies, you can tailor them to match each special holiday or family event. Try pink for Valentine’s Day, a combination of red, white, and blue for July 4th, and orange for Halloween, for example. You could use the child’s favorite color for a birthday celebration, or a couple’s wedding colors for their anniversary.
These St. Patrick’s Day cookies are soft and chewy and stay fresh for days! Add the creamy cream cheese frosting and yes, it’s a little piece of heaven!
With all the negativity going on in the world, please remember to have fun. This recipe only makes 12 cookies give or take. It all depends on how thick you roll them out. Cookies are such a versatile dessert. These are designed for St. Patrick’s Day with the green color, but cookies can be made with nuts, chocolate, raisins, and so much more to make them delicious.
St. Patrick’s Day Cookies
Items You May Need In The Kitchen:
- Mixing Bowls
- Hand or Stand Mixer
- Measuring Cups
- Measuring Spoons
- Cookie Sheets
- Parchment Paper
- Cookie Spatula
- Cookie Cutters
- Sprinkles For Decorations
St. Patrick’s Day Cookies
Preheat the oven to 350° F. Grease your cookie sheets, or place parchment paper on them. Gather the ingredients so you’re ready to make the cookies.
Combine the sugar, sour cream, butter, eggs, vanilla or almond extract, cream until smooth.
Add the baking soda and salt.
Gradually add the flour and mix until smooth.
If you want to roll out the cookies later, place the dough in plastic wrap and put it in the refrigerator.
When ready to cut out the cookies, place the dough onto a flour or powdered sugar-covered countertop. Please flour or use powdered sugar on your rolling pin as well. I just learned this new trick from my daughter about powdered sugar (it doesn’t dry out the cookie dough).
I like my cookies about 1/4 inch thick when I roll out the dough. I prefer a thicker softer cookie. A thin cookie will not be as soft, so you decide how you like your cookies. Use your cookie cutters and cut the dough.
Place the cookies on the cookie sheets. Bake for 10-15 minutes, depending on the size and thickness of your cookies. My 1/4 inch thick cookies need 15 minutes to bake. Let them cool on the cookie sheet before removing them to frost.
I love watching the little ones frost these cookies and use a spoon to spread the colored sprinkles. Life is so fun when you make cookies!
St. Patrick’s Day Cookie Recipe
- 2-3/4 cup white flour (I use bread flour)
- 1 cup white granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup butter (softened)
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 egg
- 3/8 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup butter (softened)
- 4 ounces cream cheese (softened)
- 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Combine the sugar, sour cream, butter, eggs, vanilla or almond extract, cream until smooth. Add the baking soda and salt. Gradually add the flour and mix until smooth. If you want to roll out the cookies later, place the dough in plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator. When ready to cut out the cookies, place the dough onto a flour or powdered sugar covered countertop. Please flour or use powdered sugar on your rolling pin as well. I just learned this new trick from my daughter about powdered sugar (it doesn't dry out the cookie dough). Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease your cookie sheets or place parchment paper on them. I like my cookies about 1/4 inch thick when I roll out the dough. I prefer a thicker softer cookie. A thin cookie will not be as soft, so you decide how you like your cookies. Use your cookie cutters and cut the dough. Place the cookies on the cookie sheets. Bake for 10-15 minutes, depending on the size and thickness of your cookies. My 1/4 inch thick cookies need 15 minutes to bake. Let them cool on the cookie sheet before removing them to frost.
Cream the butter and cream cheese in a medium-sized bowl. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla. Mix until it's creamy and fluffy. Frost the cookies. Place the uneaten cookies in the refrigerator because they have cream cheese frosting on them.
How do I store the baked cookies?
I store mine in the refrigerator because I frost them with cream cheese frosting. If you frost them later, keep the cookies in a Tupperware-type airtight container on your countertop.
Can I freeze the cookie dough?
Yes, you can freeze the dough tightly wrapped in a freezer bag for 1-2 months. Thaw the cookie dough in the refrigerator the day before you plan to make your cookies.
Why Do My Sugar Cookies Spread?
The sugar cookie isn’t supposed to spread, but sometimes it does! Cookies spread because there is too much flour. It’s also best to wait until the cookie dough is chilled, this helps it bake better!
Does It Matter What Kind of Flour You Use?
Lots of cooks like all-purpose flour when baking. Those who make lots of pastries will use pastry flour. For me, bread flour has proven to work great for all my recipes calling for flour. About the only time, I use a different flour is when I grind my own wheat to make whole wheat flour.
Can I Make My Cookies a Different Thickness Than the 1/4″ You Suggest?
I’ve learned over the years that 1/4″ cookies have the texture my family likes. Thinner cookies will tend to be more hard and crunchy, and the thicker ones will be very soft. Note, for thicker cookies you may need to cook them longer to make sure all the dough gets cooked through.
Would it Work to Make the Cookies and Apply the Frosting Later?
Yes, you can do that. To make sure the cookies stay as soft as possible, I’d plan to make the frosting and apply it within a day or two. Much longer and the cookies could dry out and get hard.
Please let me know if you make these sugar cookies. Don’t you love the smell of cookies baking in the oven? These St. Patrick’s Day sugar cookies are an easy recipe to teach our kids and grandkids how to cook from scratch. Stay safe, stay well. May God Bless this world, Linda