How to Make Colorful St. Paddy’s Day Cookies

Get your Luck’O’The Irish when you make your own colorful St. Paddy’s Day Cookies set with rainbows and green beer, shamrocks, and rainbow heart cookies.

This is a fun set to make when you have kids and adults to give cookies to for a St. Paddy’s Day party or gifts. I’ll walk you through all the steps to decorate this fun set of colorful St. paddy’s Day cookies so you can make a perfect set just in time for St. Patrick’s Day!

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I show you how to decorate these colorful St. Paddy’s Day cookies! Check out the video tutorial for tips on how to make these fun cookies!  

For these cookies I used my exclusive sugar cookie recipe and royal icing recipe.   The cookie recipe yielded about 20-24 regular 3.5 inch cookies.  I like a thicker cookies so I roll out my cookies to 3/8″ using my Cookie Countess Precision Rolling Pin. The thickness of your cookie will change the cookie yield. 

Prepping Royal Icing

This cookie set include 6 icing colors using green, neon green, white, black, pink, sky blue, yellow, and purple.   I made all the colors with Americolor food gels.

Helpful Decorating Tips and Tricks

Cookie Timeline

I like to break up the decorating process over a few days. It works better for my stage of life to do a little each day. Here is a sample timeline to show how long each step takes. 

DAY 1

Make and bake my cookies. I do not chill my dough so usually, this takes about 1 hour from start to finish. Mix royal icing, color, and prep all the icing bags. I like to color the day before because the colors will deepen over time. 

DAY 2

Outline and Flood Cookies. Make sure to allow them to dry in front of a fan for 1-2 hours before adding details. Add final details like airbrushing, piping and stenciling. 

Day 3

Always take pictures of your beautiful cookies. Make sure to allow 10-14 hours of drying time before packaging your cookies. I like to store mine on a baking pan with a lid overnight. 

SHAMROCK COOKIE

OUTLINE and FLOODING

Step 1:  Outline the entire shamrock in green piping icing.  

Step 2: Fill in the outlined clover with green flood icing.  Add dots of neon green over the whole shamrock.  Using black piping or flood icing outline the neon “blobs” but not the whole circle. 

Stop and allow your cookie to dry in front of a fan for 1-2 hours before moving on to the next section

DETAILS

Step 3:  Outline the shamrock in neon green. 

RAINBOW COOKIE

OUTLINE and FLOODING

Step 1:  Outline the entire cookie with white piping icing.  

Step 2: Fill in the outlined cookie with white flood icing. 

Stop and allow your cookie to dry in front of a fan for 1-2 hours before moving on to the next section.   

Step 3: Using piping icing pipe a line on the arch with pink, orange, yellow, blue and purple icing.

GREEN BEER COOKIE

OUTLINE and FLOODING

Step 1: Outline the outline of the beer glass in white piping icing.  

Step 2:  Fill in the white outline with white flood icing. 

Stop and allow your cookie to dry in front of a fan for 1-2 hours before moving on to the next section

DETAILS 

Step 3:  Fill in the middle with neon green flood icing.  Add dots with leaf green flood icing.  Immediately add neon green dots just offset of the neon green dots.  Add small white dots with white flood icing.  

Step 4: Using white piping icing pipe white dots around the top of the cookie imitating foam.  Add layers of “bubbles”.  Add rainbow sprinkles for some fun color.  

LUCKY YOU COOKIE

OUTLINE and FLOODING

Step 1:  Outline the entire cookie in white piping icing.  

Step 2: Fill in the white outline with white flood icing icing.  

Stop and allow your cookie to dry in front of a fan for 1-2 hours before moving on to the next section

DETAILS

Step 3:  Use red, yellow and blue airbrush color and a heart stencil.   Start with the yellow airbrush in the middle of the cookie.  Next add the red airbrush and carefully overlap into the yellow making orange.  Add blue airbrush color to the bottom corner and carefully overlap into the yellow making green.  

Stop and allow your cookie to dry in front of a fan for 20-30 minutes before moving on to the next section

Step 5:  Using black piping icing pipe “Lucky You” on the cookie

Step 6: Add a four-leaf clover to the bottom left corner by piping a green teardrop and pulling towards the middle.  

You’ll be lucky and you can share your luck with your friends when you make this easy colorful set of St. Paddy’s Day cookies! Once you get started you’ll see anyone can handle this set of sugar cookies, even if you don’t have an airbrush you can decorate using what you have and make this set your own.

Remember to come back and tell me all about your St. Paddy’s Day cookies and share photos!

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