St. Patrick’s Day Cookies

Life of the Party | Mar 11, 2019


Baking Sheet of Green Saint Patrick's Day Cookies.
Green Saint Patrick's Day Cookies. Photo by Neha Deshmukh on Unsplash

St. Patrick’s Day Cookies

Really, what else do we need to say? St. Patrick’s Day is already pretty great— beverages with an emerald glow, “Kiss me, I’m Irish” paraphernalia, leprechauns, lots of green, and if you’re lucky, a little gold. To sweeten the pot of St Patrick’s Day food, cookies are a nice addition to the party, a little icing on the cake (if you don’t mind us using a dessert metaphor to describe another dessert). So for this year’s day ‘o St Paddy, here are some of our favorite Irish inspired cookie recipes, ranging from more traditional to outright flashy.

Irish Soda Bread Cookies

Made only of flour, baking soda, soured milk, and salt, soda bread has been part of Irish cuisine since the mid-1800s. Traditionally it features “soft” wheat flour, made from a type of wheat plentiful in Ireland. Soda bread is typically served with the meal, but this sweet cookie will be a hit at the dessert table. It features the signature slight sourness of soda bread with the tang of dried currants.

Irish Cream Gingersnaps

The Irish Cream Gingersnap may be the most Irish cookie of all. Think of the colors you associate with each word: Irish = green, cream = white, ginger = orangeish. Green, white orange–that’s the Irish flag. Mind, blown. Seriously, though, it’s tough to go wrong with anything that involves cream, isn’t it? Then you add in a little Irish whiskey, marmalade, and some citrus zest? C’mon.

Irish Potato Candy

Irish Potato Candy is neither potato-based nor a cookie, but we felt compelled to include it in the list because these goodies are amazing. For Pennsylvanians, Irish potato candies might be old hat; they were created by Irish immigrants in Philadelphia and quickly became a popular treat. But to those who aren’t familiar, how does cream cheese and coconut all dusted in cinnamon sound?

Chocolate Guinness Cookies with Bailey’s Frosting

This is going to be good. Really, why dress this one up with too many words? They’re made from a couple of St. Patrick’s Day libation standards, so these little beauties are going to make you really happy. Check out Irish Central’s recipe.

Leprechaun Hat Cookies

We’ll finish up with a recipe that’s a little lighter on the baking prep, so you’ll have more time to focus on the artistry. They’re made from store-bought mixes and icing, marshmallows, and candies, which you’ll build into little hats worthy enough to sit atop the tiny mythical Irish creatures themselves. Click here to see the recipe from Betty Crocker.

Now that you have your delicious recipes for your Saint Patrick’s Day party, go and enjoy yourselves. A good cookie is like a four leaf clover, hard to find and lucky to eat!