Shamrock Cookies

peppermint green cookies
Peppermint green cookies
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1 cup Shortening
1 cup Confectioners' sugar
1 Large eggs room temperature
1 tsp Peppermint extract
2 ½ cups All-purpose flour
1 tsp Salt
green Food coloring
Green colored sugar optional
Instant Royal Icing green, optional

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Shamrock Cookies


Shamrock Cookies are delicious peppermint green cookies which are perfect for St Patrick’s Day. As we all know, the shamrock is a symbol of Ireland. Shamrock is  recognizable due to its appearance – 3 heart shaped leaves and the plant is linked to Ireland’s patron saint, St Patrick. 

These St Patrick’s Day cookies are pretty simple to make too. Start by making cookie dough from by creaming shortening and confectioners sugar until it is light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extract and add flour and salt gradually. A few drops of green food coloring will give the cookie dough a pale green color. 

To make Shamrock Cookies, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Shamrock Cookies

Steps to make Shamrock Cookies


Cream sugar and shortening


Beat 1 cup of shortening and 1 cup of confectioners sugar with a handheld electric mixer until light and fluffy.


Add egg and extract


Beat in one egg and 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract.


Mix in flour and salt


Mix in 2 ½ cups of flour and 1 teaspoon of salt gradually. Add a few drops of green food coloring for a minty green color.


Chill dough


Cover and chill the cookie dough for 1 hour in the refrigerator until firm.


Heat the oven


Preheat the oven to 375 °F.


Cut out cookies


Roll out the cookie dough to ¼ inch thickness. Using a sharp knife or a shamrock-shaped cookie cutter, cut out cookies.


Sprinkle with sugar


Sprinkle the cookies with green colored sugar.




Place the cookies on ungreased baking sheets and bake the cookies in the oven for 10-12 minutes until the edges of the cookies are light golden brown.




Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for about 1 minute before moving the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.




Cook the Icing according to the instructions on the package.




Using a piping bag, drizzle prepared icing over the cookies.



Allow icing to set and harden and serve with mugs of tea or coffee!

Shamrock Cookies are delicious green, peppermint flavored cookies - perfect for St Patrick’s Day! Please remember to tag #CookMeRecipes if you make these Irish inspired cookies!

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Total Reviews: 28
Salem Waskom

My kids love these cookies and help me make them all the time, very happy with it.

Keila Mabary

Baked for the recommended time but it turned out kinda burnt on the bottom, will shorten the time in the oven when i bake these again.

Audree Savich

Took me a while to get the shape right since I had to use a knife to make it but totally worth it, these are super cute.

Journi Mahlke

Great recipe thanks so much for sharing, going to be baking these yummy bad boys again soon.

Maren Lepre

Had some of the cookies in the morning along with some tea, really filling and a good breakfast since your breath will smell like peppermint after a few of these,haha.

Anneliese Feigelson

Skipped the mint, just wanted some green cookies for an all green bday party :)


I used an actual stencil in the shape of a four leaf clover to perfect these shamrock cookies, everyone enjoyed them, thanks so much for sharing.

Yaretzy Wig

Too much peppermint, I recommend adding half a tsp rather than a full one..was too minty.

Malaya Loperena

I usually hate anything minty even candy, but I wanted to try minty cookies since I never had before, really glad I decided to because these were delicious.

Maryjane Jedziniak

Love these cute shamrock cookies, I make them every st.patties day for me and the family.

Maryjane Jedziniak

Kinda dry and become rock hard after a day and a half but when freshly baked these are the BEST kinds of cookies.

Lainey Masangcay

Wanted to make them all different colors instead of just green so used a bunch of different food coloring on seperate pieces, turned out awesome.

Nathalie Kaczkowski

Drizzled it in mint and white chocolate to make it look extra unique, very tasty.

Monroe Pierini

My personal favorite cookies are the shamrock, just look at how adorable these cookies are.

Mabel Brekken

These taste really good, can't wait to share the recipe with the fam but im going to eat all the cookies I made today LOL.

Milani Gefre

Very tasty and easy to make, plus green is my favorite color so big plus from me :)

Jazlynn Mhoon

Bookmarked this and the baileys poke cake,going to make both for my moms birthday on friday, super easy instructions so i'm really looking forward to it.

Melinda Heeg

I make them once every end of the month because my family is obsessed since they cant find anything similar in the stores.

Dania Roubideaux

Not my favorite, I prefer your Spring Lime Tea Cookies instead because the flavour is a lot more my taste.

Brayleigh Prego

This cookies are really tasty and they are so simple to make thanks to the easy instructions on the site, really appreciate you sharing this amazing shamrock cookies with us.

Raylee Jaros

I made these cookies with my kids they had a lot of fun making them, of course I was the only one who cleaned up the mess afterwards but atleast they ate every single shamrock cookie on the plate! Next up is the star anise cookies.

Haleigh Vellanki

Yummy and quick perfect for someone who hates baking for a long time because she usually burns the whole house down, LOL!

Antonella Renstrom

We make this cookies not only on St. Patrick day but on every holiday and birthday, that's how much me and my family love this cookie recipe.

Nahla Mastropolo

This are so good, it was worth a try even though normally I'm not a cookie kinda gal.

Nellie Beckstrand

My familys favorite cookies, they love it when I make a whole bunch of them and bring it as dessert on family nights!

Celina Marmolejos

So sugary and flaky just how I like them, going to be making this a LOT because I'm in love with the flavor.

Whitney Oalmann

Only bad thing about this cookie is that theres never enough of them, totally going to be baking these again.


I love it! Yummy-yummy!

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