Could spring really be around the corner? I saw a robin hopping along my neighbours lawn this morning. That has to be a good sign. When the snow starts to melt and the sun starts to warm the air my mind drifts to thoughts of the rainy days of spring. Spring rain bring two wonderful things – rainbows and shamrocks. A few years ago I figured out how to make and bake super cute rainbow sugar cookies. This year time I wanted to find a fun way to incorporate those springtime shamrocks. These delightful cookies are a super fun way to celebrate the arrival of spring and St. Patrick’s Day with the kids.
Shamrock Rainbow Sugar Cookies
3/4 cup unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
4 different food colouring (red, blue, purple, green, yellow)
shamrock cookie cutter
In a stand mixer, blend together butter and sugar until creamy. Beat in egg and vanilla, until smooth.
In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. In 3 batches, add dry ingredients to wet. The dough will come together and pull from the sides of the mixer.
Colour each portion. We used green, blue, red/yellow and violet. To colour the dough, add a dab of food colouring to a divot in the centre of the dough. Knead the colour into the dough until you reach the colour you like. We went for darker, more intense colours.
Because you’ve been working with the dough and warming it up with your hands, it is important to place the sheet of dough in the fridge to cool before cutting out the cookies. This will help the cookies keep their shape. I placed the sheet of dough on a baking sheet and placed it inside the fridge. Let the dough chill for at least an hour.
After the dough has chilled and is firm, it is time to cut out those shamrocks!
I used a small heart cookie cutter to cut up any spaces where I couldn’t fit a shamrock.
How fun are these cookies?! Feel free to change up the colours and the intensity of the colours. You could even experiment with using more than 4 colours. I used 4 because I wanted each cookie to have all the different colours.
So, what do you think? Have I found a delicious way to combine shamrocks and rainbows? I think so!
Try baking my original rainbow cookies
Or, hang a rainbow garland on your wall this spring.