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Shamrock Cookies

Use your heart-shaped cookie cutter to make Shamrock Cookies for St. Patrick’s Day.

Here’s how:

The time needed from start to finish, including time to put the icing on the cookies, 2 to 2.5 hours. Yield: 2 dozen large shamrock cookies

Shamrock Cookie Recipe

• 1/2 cup shortening
• 1/2 cup butter or margarine
• 2 cups sugar
• 3 eggs
• 1/4 cup milk
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 5 cups flour

Cream shortening and sugar together. Beat in eggs. Stir in milk, vanilla, and salt. Mix in flour. Work the dough with your hands for a minute before rolling it out.

Roll out the dough to 1/8 inch thick. Use flour as needed to roll out the cookies.

For each shamrock, you will need three heart-shaped cookies. Place one heart on an ungreased cookie sheet, then put one heart on each side at a 90-degree angle so the tips at the bottom overlap. Gently press the cookies together where they overlap. Take a lump of dough the size of a small walnut. Roll into a rope. Press one inch of the rope onto the bottom of the shamrock. Shape the remaining rope into a stem and flatten gently. (Four or five shamrocks will fit on each cookie sheet.)

Bake in a 350-degree oven for 12 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately remove the cookies from the cookie sheet and allow them to cool.

When the cookies are cooled thoroughly, frost them with shamrock icing. For added decoration, use cookie sprinkles if desired.

Shamrock Icing
(makes enough to frost two dozen shamrock cookies)

• 3 cups of powdered sugar
• 1/4 cup soft butter or margarine
• 5 or 6 tablespoons of milk
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
• 10 drops of green food coloring

Measure the powdered sugar into a mixing bowl. Work the butter/margarine into the dry powdered sugar with a mixing spoon. Add salt and vanilla. Add the milk 1 tablespoon at a time and mix thoroughly after each addition. When the icing is finished, add the food coloring and mix thoroughly.

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