Read Me. I’m Irish.

Clover PlateClover's CloseupClover TreatsMy daughter’s second grade class had a party to celebrate meeting their reading goal.  Since the date for the party fell just two days before St. Patrick’s day, I decided to make these cookies for the kids.

I used the same 3 leaf clover cookie cutter as I did in my previous post. I took a smaller cutter and made little clovers from dough that I had colored green. I wanted to do something fun and something that I had not done before, so I lightly pressed the green clovers into the larger cookies. Now, one thing that I do recommend, if you ever try this technique, is to press down using food handler gloves or a piece of plastic wrap. That way you do not leave noticeable finger imprints and it’s just sanitary.

I can not express the importance of using up all of your leftover icing. Do not toss it out. Instead, make icing transfers. Around Christmas last year, I made a ton of eyeball transfers. I am glad that i did. It is amazing the time savings those pre-made eyeballs did for me.

I wanted to work in a “pot of gold” reference. These were for kids, so I added gold sprinkles. Kids like sprinkles…right? I was trying to make it look like they had big poofy gold hair. I do not think that it really turned out how I envisioned it in my head, but oh well. After I attached the eyeballs and piped a mouth, they were ready to dry for a bit. Before I went to bed, I put them in individual treat bags and boxed them up to go to school.

My daughter said that everyone liked the cookies and they tasted great. Happy kids. It works for me. Enjoy.

Do You Feel Lucky, Punk?

Shamrocks1Shamrocks2Nothing like a little Dirty Harry to start off a post. So, do you? Feel lucky, that is. You should, because it is March. What happens in March? St. Patrick’s Day. Where the world turns green…with envy.

I was in the mood to make shamrocks. I didn’t feel like making pots of gold at the end of rainbows. Mainly because I didn’t want to make black icing. It is not my favorite. Grey is prettier and tastes a lot better too.

Now, the only problem I had was I did not own a 3 or 4 leaf clover cookie cutter. I quickly remedied that by making my own. I cut the notch out of the leaves with the stem part of the cookie cutter, before I put them on the cookie sheet to bake.

There are not a lot of options on making a shamrock look pretty. I guess if you want to go elaborate, you could. But really? It is just green leaves. I decided to dress them up with sanding sugar. I think they turned out pretty. Enjoy.