Have you been thinking about making gluten free sugar cookies for St Patrick’s Day? You know, it’s never too early to start! Perhaps you’ve already decided on corned beef and cabbage, along with a shamrock shake. But don’t forget the St Patrick’s Day cookie for dessert! If you are looking for an easy St. Patty’s recipe, this is a good one to try!
These sugar cookies are gluten free and made with ingredients you probably already have. Because they are so yummy even unfrosted, you might like to make a trial batch (or two!) before the main event.
Gluten free sugar cookies are really versatile. You can always whip up a batch of this easy gluten free cookie and frost them to match the occasion.
Gluten Free Saint Patrick’s Day Sugar Cookie Recipe
Gluten Free St. Patrick’s Day Sugar Cookies
- In a bowl sift together the flour, corn starch and salt. Mix lightly to combine.
- In the bowl of a mixer with a paddle attachment, add the butter and sugar. Mix until a creamy consistency.
- Continue mixing and add the eggs, one at a time. Scrape down the side of the mixer bowl if necessary.
- Next add the vanilla and mix again.
- Add the dry mixture to the mixer bowl. Mix to combine completely.
- Break the dough into two sections. Flatten each on a piece of plastic wrap, cover dough disc completely and refrigerate.
- Preheat the over the 375 degrees F. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Once the dough disc is chilled, removed from the plastic wrap. Roll it out on a floured surface.
- Use a small to medium circle cookie cutter to cut out the sugar cookie shapes.
- Place the sugar cookies on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 11 to 13 minutes until lightly golden.
- Remove baking sheet from the over and let cool for a few minutes. Carefully place the sugar cookies on a rack to cool completely before decorating.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
Christmas sugar cookies can be shaped like bells or stars. Easter ones can be egg-shaped and frosted in pastels. For someone’s birthday you could pipe their name in icing. You see where I am going with this: sugar cookies are perfect for any occasion!
Frost Gluten Free St. Patrick’s Cookies Like a Pro
The design on this easy St. Patty’s recipe might look fiddly but actually it’s not so hard. If you can pipe straight lines, you can make your St Patrick’s Day cookies look incredible.
First I frosted the top with a green colour. I made the outline first then filled it in and let it dry overnight. Next I piped the stripes with another shade of green along with yellow and white to contrast.
To help decorate these cookies, I am using a decorative scribe tool which is a great investment if you are going to be regularly decorating cookies.
The hardest thing about frosting these is having the patience for the frosting to dry before you can eat them! If you have kids, you might like to let them frost their own. Then of course they have to be patient which they dry as well!
Head on over to this guide to making royal icing which I found VERY informative and easy to follow. There is information on troubleshooting, products to use and consistency needed for flooding. Remember it will take some practice, so be patient with yourself. Soon you will be at pro at making this gluten free St. Patrick’s cookie recipe
A special thank you to my friend Krista at Krista’s Cookies for helping with this gluten free St. Patrick’s cookie recipe.
Easy Gluten Free Cookie Variations
Shamrock might be the first shape to come to mind for a St Patrick’s Day cookie recipe. If you have a shamrock shaped cutter and want to use it, that is fine.
These are also good round, since it’s the frosting that makes them look festive. Whichever shape you do choose for your gluten free sugar cookies, you can frost them with the same top design.
Maybe you want to use a couple of different designs, and of course that’s fine. They’re your cookies! If you want to incorporate the shamrock element, you can make these round and pipe on a shamrock instead.
Another idea is edible St Patrick’s Day decorations. Each St Patrick’s Day cookie can be frosted with a single colour, then topped with an edible decoration. Or glitter? Green of course!
St Patrick’s Day: Fun Facts
Did you know the first St Patrick’s Day celebration was held in 1737 in Boston? Or that the holiday was first associated with blue instead of green?
Don’t switch your gluten free sugar cookies frosting from green to blue just yet though. Because Ireland is known as ‘The Emerald Isle’ (yes all that rain makes it very green!) the colour was changed. Wearing green ribbons and shamrocks dates all the way back to the 1600s.
Another fun fact while you’re nibbling your easy gluten free cookie: each leaf of the shamrock has a meaning. The meanings are hope, faith, love and luck.
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Try this Easy St. Patty’s Day Recipe
Let me know if you try out this easy St. Patty’s recipe for gluten free sugar cookies. This St. Patrick’s Day cookie recipe will become an annual tradition along with some Irish Cream coffee and a Magically Delicious St. Patrick’s Shamrock Shake. You will love this gluten free St. Patrick’s cookie!