St. Patrick’s Day is so much fun to cook for! You get to make a ton of green recipes and I love the excuse to bake for my family! They love when I get out the mixing bowls because they know something yummy is coming! These Stained Glass Shamrock Cookies blew their minds and they love them!
Stained Glass Shamrock Cookies are super simple to make, and kids love helping too! The recipe is super easy to follow, and I promise they turn out without sticking to your baking sheet!
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Stained Glass Shamrock Cookies
I found it easiest to cut the shamrock centers out of the round cookies on the baking sheet. I used a 3″ circle cookie cutter to cut my circles, and THIS shamrock cookie cutter I found for cheap on Amazon HERE. I used the centers to make THESE adorable St. Patrick’s Day cookies too! Go check them out HERE, and you can make them too with just one more simple step!
Next, you will need to use a food processor (I used a Magic Bullet because it was small and seemed easier to use for this recipe) to crush your Jolly Ranchers. I used purple, blue, green, and red Jolly Ranchers. I used a small spoon to spoon the crushed candy into the shamrock center in layers like shown. I love making stained glass cookies! We make these Stained Glass Cross Cookies for Easter every year too!
When you bake these cookies, don’t over-bake them. Cook them for 8-9 minutes ONLY and then remove them from the oven. They will continue to cook on the pan for a few minutes after they’re out of the oven. Wait about 10 minutes for the candy shamrocks to cool, and then use a spatula (metal works best) to remove them from the pan and place them on a cooling rack to finish cooling.
When your Stained Glass Shamrock Cookies have cooled completely, this is what they will look like! My kids really liked holding them up to the light to see through the candy. These would be super cute to make on St. Patrick’s Day or to send with your kids to school for an after-lunch snack!
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3 cups flour
- Concentrated green gel food coloring
- Jolly Ranchers (in green, blue, red, and purple flavors), about 5-6 of each color.
- Non-stick spray
- Pre-heat your oven to 350.
- In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together.
- Add in the egg, vanilla, and almond and mix well. Mix in the green food coloring. Use gel, not liquid, and add about ½ teaspoon to get a nice green.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the flour and baking powder.
- Add in half the flour mixture to the wet mixture and mix.
- Add in the second half of the flour mixture, and mix. The mixture will be dry, but keep mixing and kneading until it's a soft, pliable consistency (like play dough).
- Sprinkle flour on a flat surface, and on top of your ball of dough, and roll it until it's about ¼" - ⅓" thick.
- Cut your circles out using a 3" circle cookie cutter, and place them on a cookie sheet that's been sprayed with non-stick spray.
- Use your shamrock cookie cutters to cut the shamrocks out of the circles.
- Grind your candy one color at a time until it's in small pieces.
- Layer it in the shamrock centers. I started with purple, then did blue, green, and finally red on top.
- Bake them at 350 for 8-9 minutes and then remove them from the oven.
- Let them cool on the pan for 5-10 minutes, until the candy has hardened.
- Use a metal spatula to remove them from the cookie sheet once the candy is hard and place them on a cooling rack to let them finish cooling.