St. Patrick’s Day Cookies

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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

St. Patrick’s Day Cookies

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St. Patrick’s Day Cookies

Step One

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.

St. Patrick's Day Cookies

Step Two

Combine the sugar, sour cream, butter, eggs, vanilla or almond extract, cream until smooth.

St. Patrick's Day Cookies

Step Three

Add the baking soda and salt.

St. Patrick's Day Cookies

Step Four

Gradually add the flour and mix until smooth.

St. Patrick's Day Cookies

Step Five

If you want to roll out the cookies later, place the dough in plastic wrap and put it in the refrigerator.

St. Patrick's Day Cookies

Step Six

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).

Cookies

Step Seven

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.

Cookie Cutters

Step Eight

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.

St. Patrick's Day Cookies

Finished Product

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 Cookies

St. Patrick’s Day Cookie Recipe

5 from 9 votes
St. Patrick's Day Cookies
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Soft Sugar Cookies
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 cookies
Ingredients
Soft Sugar Cookies
  • 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
Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1/4 cup butter (softened)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
Soft Sugar Cookies
  1. 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 Cheese Frosting
  1. 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.

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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.

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Final Word

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

18 thoughts on “St. Patrick’s Day Cookies

  • March 2, 2022 at 8:13 am
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    5 stars
    These are adorable! I can’t wait to make them!

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    • March 2, 2022 at 8:28 am
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      Hi Heidi, thank you for the 5 stars, my friend!!! Have fun making them! Linda

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  • March 2, 2022 at 8:20 am
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    5 stars
    I’m going to ask Jane to make some of these. Though my favorite St. Patrick’s day dessert is Paczkis. And of course Corned beef and cabbage with carrots and Irish Soda bread. We sometimes have champagne with this meal.

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    • March 2, 2022 at 8:27 am
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      Hi Ray, thank you for the 5 stars, my friend! I’m going to have Google Paczkis! That’s right it’s corn beef time right around the corner!! Linda

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  • March 2, 2022 at 8:31 am
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    5 stars
    These look amazing! Can’t wait to try them! I love all of your recipes! Thank you sooo much for sharing!❤️

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    • March 2, 2022 at 8:33 am
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      Hi Camille, thank you so much for the 5 stars! Have fun making them!!! Linda

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  • March 2, 2022 at 8:53 am
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    5 stars
    I love sugar cookies! And decorating them is part of the fun! Thanks for the yummy recipe.!

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    • March 2, 2022 at 9:06 am
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      Hi Stacie, thank you for the 5 stars, my friend! They are so fun to make! Linda

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  • March 2, 2022 at 10:26 am
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    5 stars
    These look amazing! Can’t wait to try them! I love all of your recipes! Thank you sooo much for sharing!☘️

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    • March 2, 2022 at 10:32 am
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      Hi Alli, thank you for the 5 stars, my friend! Cookies and frosting are so fun!! Linda

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  • March 2, 2022 at 5:38 pm
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    5 stars
    I can’t count the cookie cutters I have but I don’t think I have any Shamrock cookie Cutters and I have a lot of cookie cutters. I have a 5 gallon bucket of cutters and bags and bags of Cookie cutters. If I buy anymore he is going to take my credit card away. But I will buy a shamrock cookie cutter.

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    • March 2, 2022 at 8:11 pm
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      Hi Jackie, thank you for the 5 stars, my sweet friend. Oh my gosh, you have a 5-gallon bucket??? I love hearing this! I can tell you love making cookies as much as I do! Linda

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      • March 3, 2022 at 12:25 pm
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        5 stars
        My problem with the cookie cutters is that I am not able to make cookies with cookie cutters. They don’t turn out like they should turn out. LOL.

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        • March 3, 2022 at 12:41 pm
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          Hi Jackie, try making them thicker? Dang, I wish we lived closer! We could cut out a bunch of cookies! LOL! Linda

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          • March 3, 2022 at 1:35 pm
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            5 stars
            Linda:
            If I had a way of sending them to you I would but there are so many it is crazy. I also have cutters for the Jewish holidays. I wonder what my mother would say about my collection. She had 2 dozen cookie cutters but claimed she had too many

          • March 3, 2022 at 2:59 pm
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            Hi Jackie, thank you but I have way too many cookie cutters! I loved hearing YOU had a 5-gallon bucket of them! Linda

  • March 3, 2022 at 3:33 pm
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    5 stars
    Linda:

    I have more than just a 5 gallon bucket of cookie cutters. I probably have enough cookie cutters scattered around the house to fill up 2 or 3 more 5 gallon bucket of them.

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