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Stained Glass Shamrock Cookies

Make these St Patrick’s cookies recipes for easy stained glass cookies or shamrock sugar cookies depending if you use the clear candy centers or not. These Stained Glass Shamrock Cookies make fun St Patricks Day Cookies that we know your little leprechauns will love.
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword Shamrock Cookies, St Patrick's Day Cookie Recipes, St Patrick's Day Cookies, Stained Glass Cookies, Stained Glass Shamrock Cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Fridge Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 25 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 246kcal
Author Evelyn



  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar until fluffy.  Beat in the egg, vanilla, and salt.   Slowly add flour, mixing until just combined
  • Divide the dough into half, flatten into two separate discs, wrap with clear wrap and place in the fridge for at least 3 hours
  • Heat oven to 350 degrees
  • Remove dough from the fridge and let stand for 5-10 minutes.
  • On a lightly floured pastry mat, roll out each piece of dough to a ⅛-inch thickness.
  • Using your largest shamrock cookie cutter, cut the dough into shamrocks and place on parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing them 1 inch apart.
  • At this point, you could make plain shamrock cookies and bake these cookies as is.  And sprinkle with sugar or green sugar as soon as you remove them from the oven.  
  • But if you are making stained glass cookies- use a smaller shamrock cookie cutter that fits inside the shamrock cookies to cut out the centers from each cookie.
  • Place the hard candy in a freezer-quality ziplock baggie, throw a kitchen towel over it and pound them with the flat side of a meat mallet until crushed.
  •   Spoon the crushed candy into the center of each cookie, filling full.
  • Bake until just golden at the edges, 7 to 9 minutes.
  • Let cool on the baking pans for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.


Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 189mg | Potassium: 27mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 280IU | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg