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It’s Natalie from Life Made Simple, and I’m here sharing a really fun St. Patrick’s Day treat. I’ve always loved slice and bake cookies, especially the cute holiday ones. So I thought, why not try and make a homemade version?!
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At first I was really nervous that they wouldn’t turn out, luckily they did! If I can make these, you can too! You’ll need a small clover cookie cutter (about 1 1/2 inches in diameter), green gel food coloring, and rainbow nonpareil sprinkles. The dough itself comes together in a matter of minutes, and the rest of the process is fairly easy. Waiting for the dough to chill is the most time consuming part. It’s a good idea to make these the day before you plan on baking them, that way you can slice & bake them right before serving them.
These bright and cheery cookies are sure to be the hit of your St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Grab the recipe here:
St. Patrick's Day Slice and Bake Cookies Recipe
- 3/4 cup salted butter room temperature
- 1/3 cup brown sugar packed
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp kosher sea salt
- 1/4 tsp green gel food coloring
- 1 egg white
- 1 tbsp water
- 1/4 cup rainbow nonpareil sprinkles
In the bowl of a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl (with a hand mixer), beat butter and sugars for 2-3 minutes until light and fluffy. Add egg, vanilla and almond, mix until combined. Add the flour and salt, mix until a soft dough forms.
Divide the dough into two balls. Wrap one ball in plastic wrap and set aside. Fold the green food coloring into the remaining ball until it is a uniform color. Flatten into a 1-inch thick disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator along with the ball of dough. Chill for 3 hours.
Remove the green dough, using a clover shaped cookie cutter, cut as many clovers as you can out of the dough, re-rolling the dough as needed.
In a small bowl, whisk together the egg white and water. Brush over the tops of each clover, and stack into a tall "tower." You want the clovers to be lined up as evenly as possible. Lay the tower down, so that it's one long log of clovers. Wrap with plastic wrap and freeze for 30 minutes.
Break the ball of dough into several pieces and roll into ropes. When the clover log is ready, remove it and line the clovers with the long ropes. You want to encase the clovers completely. Press tightly, then roll on a lightly floured surface into a smooth log. Brush the outside with egg wash, then roll in the sprinkles. I used a loaf pan to do this and it worked really well. Return to the freezer for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Slice the log into ¼" thick slices. Place 12 on a baking sheet at a time. Bake for 10-12 minutes, remove from the oven and allow to cool on the sheet for 3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
-You can freeze the logs of dough for up to 3 months. Wrap them in plastic wrap and then place into a ziploc bag. Add baking instructions on the bag.
-You can switch out the inside shape/food coloring to fit any holiday or special occasion.
Adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction
Oh my GOSH! These are seriously the most adorable St. Patty’s Day cookies I’ve ever seen!
Seriously this recipe is so simple for how impressive these cookies look! LOVE it!
Thanks for sharing this recipe with us Natalie!
Make sure to visit her over at Life Made Simple for more awesome recipes!!
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