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St. Patrick's Day Sugar Cookies

These St. Patrick's Day Sugar cookies are made with green frosting and cheerful shamrocks, they'll bring leprechaun magic to your day.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 Cookies
Author: Wendy

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 2 sticks cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar or flour for rolling

Decorating

  • 1 can green frosting
  • Green sanding sugar
  • Gold sprinkles

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Whisk together dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, blend the butter and sugar until creamy and light. Add egg, almond extract, and vanilla extract. Mix well. Slowly add dry ingredients and mix until combined. Dough may be a little crumbly.
  • Turn out the dough onto a surface sprinkled with powdered sugar or flour. Press into a ball and then roll out to ¼ inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to create shapes. Carefully lift shaped cookies to the baking sheet. Using a flat spatula is recommended to help the cookies maintain their shape.
  • Bake cookies for 7 to 9 minutes. Do not brown the cookies. Allow cookies to cool for at least 20 minutes on the baking sheet before carefully removing to a cooling rack.
  • After cooling, decorate as desired. Allow icing to dry before storing in an airtight container between layers of parchment paper.

Notes

Royal Icing Hack
Transform store-bought frosting into royal icing by removing the lid and aluminum seal. Place in the microwave for 1 minute. Stir well. Transfer to a piping bag and use as desired. Allow the icing to dry completely before stacking. Using parchment or waxed paper between each layer is recommended.