Shamrock biscuits

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Shamrock biscuits
Make the luck of the Irish in your own kitchen with the kids and these easy bake shamrock biscuits.
 

445g self raising flour plus more for dusting

½ tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

230g unsalted butter

385g granulated sugar

2 large eggs

2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Green crystal sugar, for decoration

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, salt, and baking powder then set aside.

Combine the butter and granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment if you have one and cream on high speed until fluffy if you do not have an electric mixer just beat rapidly for around 10 minutes to achieve the same outcome.

Beat in the eggs.

Lower speed if using electric mixer and add the flour mixture in two additions, mixing until well combined.

Add and mix in the vanilla.

Divide dough in half, and cover with cling film then chill for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 180°C / 350°F / Gas mark 4.

Line 2 baking trays with greaseproof paper and set aside.

Roll out 1 piece of dough on a lightly floured work surface.

With a cookie cutter, cut out rounds or use a heart shaped one for several cut outs to make the look of the shamrock come to life. 

Working with 1 round at a time, sprinkle the surface with green crystal sugar.

Arrange the biscuit shapes on the baking tray and chill until firm, about 15 minutes, or until ready to bake.

Repeat process with the remaining dough.

Bake until edges just start to brown about 10 to 12 minutes.

Let cool completely on the baking tray or wire racks. 

Serves
Makes 50

Preparation Time
15 minutes

Cooking Time
15 minutes

Main ingredients
Dairy, Flour, Eggs, Sugar

Recipe Type
Kids Food, Cookies & Biscuits

Cuisine
Irish

Level of Difficulty
Easy

 
To make a simple icing use icing sugar and water with a little green food colouring if you like and coat the cookies with the icing before dusting them with decorative sugars.
 Store biscuits in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
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