St. Patty’s Day Shortbread

Do wee lil’ leprechauns visit your house too?
Why, if they can’t be the most conniving little mischief-makers.
Sneaking into the fridgidaire, turning the milk green.
Hiding puzzle pieces ‘round the house which–once found–lead to golden treasure.
Getting their fingers into the cookie dough and turning it…

You thought I was going to say green, didn’t you?
Of course, leprechauns like the color green,
But they’re so much bigger than that.
{Despite them being eensy-teensy creatures.}
Size, however, does not limit ones color-palette appreciation skills. No, indeed.
The minute those sneaky Irish fellers get their hands on this simple, shortbread cookie dough,

They roll it out and roll it up and make it the most magical of colors.
Reds and blues, purples and greens. And, gold. Aye, there must be gold.
Because, after all, isn’t that what leprechauns are all about?
A wee bit of magic, a mighty hope for treasure.
All the fixings that make for a day full of luck, and pinching, and merriment.
Happy St. Patty’s Day to you and yours.
May the luck of the Irish be sprinkled throughout your kitchentops.

St. Patty’s Day Shortbread
This is a quick and simple shortbread cookie recipe. The cookies bake up firm and crisp, maintaining the shape of whatever your decide to roll into the center of your sweets. To get the colors and shapes inside each of these cookies, I used a simple rolling technique to create a log of cookie dough, then sliced extremely thin cookies off of it. If you’ve ever made those slice ‘n bake polymer clay canes (or millefiori), you will have likely done a similar technique to get a pretty design inside the circle of clay. It takes some time to get the centers just.right, but isn’t it worth it?! Just look at those fine little cookie sandwiches. You could nearly kiss them for good luck. But, why do that when you can simply gobble them up?
½ c. butter
½ c. sugar
½ c. light brown sugar
2 c. flour
Pinch of baking soda
¼- ½ c. water
Wilton gel colors
In a large bowl, combine butter sugars, flour and soda together with your hands. Add water as needed until dough is pliable, but not too sticky. Separate dough into small balls and knead in various Wilton gel colors. To create designs for the center of each cookie, I simply rolled the dough into small “ropes” then gently layered them together, and rolled them into the center of several white strips of dough. To do this most properly, keep the dough from getting too floury. That’s the most important part of this process. Keeping it just moist enough to stick together and working the dough gently. Ever so gentle. If you’re interested in more details on how to get the specific designs, I can post a photo tutorial on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Once you’ve got your “cane” or “log” of dough, place it in the freezer for about 20 minutes. You don’t want it too terrible frozen, but you don’t want it warm and bloppy, either. Remove the cold log from the freezer and use a very sharp knife to slice off EXTREMELY thin slices. (Approx. 2-3 centimeters thick, if your dough & knife will allow it.)
Bake slices on an ungreased cookie sheet, in an oven preheated to 325 degrees for 6-8 minutes. Edges should not be browned, but centers should be cooked through. Remove from heat & allow to cool. Fill cookies with Vanilla-Butter Cookie Crème.

Vanilla-Butter Cookie Crème
Vanilla? Butter? Need I say more?! Whip this up just before you need to fill the centers of your shortbread. Because you are using melted butter to make the crème, the mixture will thicken as it cools. To achieve a nice, smooth edge on my crème, I plopped the freshly-beaten icing into a large Ziploc, then piped it onto each cookie.
½ c. butter, melted
4 c. powdered sugar
1 T. clear vanilla flavoring
1 ½ T. milk
In a large mixing bowl, whip all ingredients together until very smooth. Pipe into the center of cooled shortbread cookies, then smash a second cookie on there to make a delectable, gorgeous cookie sandwich.

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It just so happens I need YOU to help make all my dreams come true.
Have you been watching Iron Chef, the Food Network, American Idol
over the last several weeks and seen a vaguely familiar face pop up during commercial time?
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It’s been a BLAST being a part of the Turn the Tub Around campaign,
but now, things are getting as hot as an Irish pub at midnight.
Voting for my I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter music video begins today.
Will you help me emerge from the singing arena victorious?
to oogle my hyper-ruffly apron, giggle at my singing voice, and Vote.
(Oh, vote. Please, please, please vote.)
I’m heading into this round as the underdog, having lost last time by a handful of percentage points, so I truly thank you for taking the time to send in a mouse-click for me.

To thank you for voting,the wonderful lads & lassies of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter
have put together this incredible prize package for one lucky commenter, which includes:
Crate & Barrel serving platter
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-$25 gift certificate to purchase all the ingredients.
To win, just CLICK HERE to vote, then stop back by, leave a comment
and tell me what magical plans ye’ve got up yer kilt for St. Patty’s day!

36 Responses to “St. Patty’s Day Shortbread”

  1. kitchen koala says:

    Whaaat?!?!! Those look amazing! :) Reminds me of my polymer-clay days. Awesome job there!

  2. Nick and Ashley says:

    I voted! I love the shortbread cookies, so cute. We are celebrating St. Patty's day with a little t-ball!

  3. Catherine says:

    I voted! I hope you win!

    We will be celebrating St. Patrick's day with the cutest cupcakes EVER! Check out Family Fun for the rainbow cupcakes. We're excited!

  4. screwdestiny says:

    Those are delightful! I'm impressed with the work you put in just to make adorable cookies.

    For St. Patrick's Day I'll be working…so yeah…I'll probably have a greed goddess smoothie for breakfast. Yeah.

  5. cookies and cups says:

    How very cute!

  6. Gala says:

    Oh wow! Can't help but smile looking at these!

  7. Pink Little Cake says:

    Your cookies are adorable!

  8. Donna says:

    Those are so impressive! I'd love a tutorial cuz I've never done the clay thing.

    I've tried a bunch of your cupcakes and whenever I take then anywhere they get rave reviews and I just tell em I found it here. Thanks for all the great recipes!

  9. Eliana says:

    This is my favorite of all the St. Patty's Day inspired recipes. they look awesome.

  10. Diana says:

    This looks like so much fun for my kiddos! We have very mischievous leprechauns who hide our breakfast cereal (Lucky Charms of course) and color various food things green to eat throughout the day. So much fun!

  11. BECKY says:

    Wow, totally impressed.

  12. thecolorofdreams says:

    Cookies look yummy! Voted for you!

  13. Amanda says:

    I voted! Good luck! I bet these adorable cookies help you out in that department. :)

    I'd like to spend the upcoming holiday making these cookies and tons of other green and shamrock shaped baked goods.

  14. Nathan and Bethany says:

    My new favorite phrase – "Gotta spread it!" I didn't realize the sheer number of uses it can have. It's almost as usable as "TRIPLE TOE!".

  15. doublebatch says:

    O.k., I voted, I L-O-V-E these cookies and can only HOPE to find the time to make them in the next two days…
    …AND, I make a little layered Jello in green and white. It's easy and festive. Here's a link:

  16. Jelli Bean says:

    Such fun cookies. I voted for the DJ butter video, sorry. I'd still love to win the giveaway! I have no St. Patty's plans and probably will not do anything special.

  17. Kari says:

    Awesome looking cookies! I voted for you – cute job!
    St Paddys' – hmmm.. probably wear my greeen and thats about it

  18. Amy says:

    I voted! These cookies look amazing! And honestly, I have NO idea what we'll be doing for St. Patrick's Day. Probably nothing besides wearing green. I might try to bake some soda bread though…

  19. Disneypal says:

    Those are all so cute but I especially love the rainbow cookies

  20. Debby Kaye says:

    I so voted for you – you were so cute! I would buy butter from you before DJ girl! I hope you win! Did you really use ICBNB for the cookies? I'm on a diet and would love a light cookie recipe.

    Your St. Patty's Day cookies are adorable! I don't know that I have the patience, but maybe I'll try when the girls are at school and tell them a leprechan must have visited.

    I love sneaking lots of green veggies in on St. Patty's Day…I can do without all the corned beef and cabbage though. Ick!

  21. memoryminded says:

    Just voted for you! Hope you win!!
    A leprechaun leaves little footprints and gold dust all around our house, and a special gift mysteriously appears in a random different place every year.

    Don't include me in this giveaway, though. Don't want to be greedy ;)

  22. Lorie says:

    I voted! Good luck! And the cookies are great, but I am in LOVE with the green milk in that cute jar!!

  23. Margie and Andrew says:

    Voting I have done!! I have actually been waiting to VOTE for you! I always miss it on the weeks you are running. I am so thrilled I FINALLY had the opportunity.
    Can't wait for tomorrow when I get to vote again!

    Now, for the dearly beloved St. Patty's Day Holiday….it is actually a pretty big deal for me and my family. TWO Birthdays and a Wedding anniversary are also celebrated on this day! Love it. To begin the day a wonderful green breakfast will be fitting. During the day…An all you can wear GREEN contest with my fourth graders and I! From head to toe, I AM IN GREEN! I really need to invest in a green wig! Await for pictures to be posted on Wednesday! Now I only have one day to figure out what to do for DINNER! Something GREEN of course!!!

  24. angelpeach838 says:

    Wow. That is truly fascinating! Have you done any other designs for other holidays?! Easter egg?

  25. Mom2BJM(Amy) says:

    Went and voted! Good luck!

  26. Estie says:

    I voted-video is too cute! You're so BRAVE!!!

  27. Ku'uipo says:

    I voted. So cute!
    Also, for St. Patty's the kids make a little trap and try to catch that sneaky leprechaun each year!

  28. angelpeach838 says:

    I know I commented this already, but please please do make your photo tutorial! I tried to make these today and they came….only mildly resembling yours, but I was pleased with it as far as a first attempt goes :) They're so cool! Easter egg? Thank you!

  29. Michelle says:

    I voted for you, Brooke.

    We'll be celebrating St. Patty's Day tomorrow by baking up green cupcakes with green icing and taking them to my PAMSA (pre-med association) meeting for everyone to enjoy.

  30. Shannon says:

    I voted for you. If you did that, you deserve a vote. I am way too inhibited!!! Still drumming up something green to eat today – love your cookies!

  31. Teresa says:

    I THOUGHT THAT WAS YOU!!!!!!!!!!
    I thought to myself…that looks like that cute blogging gal BROOKE with the cute button cookies that I adore! Yeah! Congrats!
    Of course I voted!
    And then I listened to the other gal…you can't even hear her REAL voice for crying out loud!
    GO BROOKE!!!!
    Yours was so REAL!!!! ;o)
    No big plans here for St. Patty's Day!!!! Don't even have on Green! But I know one thing…I am for sure jotting down this shortbread recipe with the cream filling! Hope you win sweetpea! Good Luck! xxooxx

  32. Natasha says:

    I voted! I was planning on making reubens today but will wait until I go home this weekend. I'm excited to try those cookies. Thanks for the giveaway!

  33. Pontes Family says:

    I voted for you. It was an obvious choice. We are celebrating with the traditional corn beef and cabbage dinner! Yummy…not the healthiest but hey, it's once a year, right?

  34. kimmie says:

    Those cookies are so cute!! I wish I had the patience to make them :)

    I voted for you.. and for st. paddys day, we really didn't do anything special. Dressed up the little guy in green though!

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