Pistachio Shamrock Cookies for St. Patrick's Day

Updated on November 15, 2019
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Leona is a retired, professional cake/cookie decorator who now enjoys writing and creating new recipes.

Are you looking for a festive St. Patrick's Day cookie recipe?
Are you looking for a festive St. Patrick's Day cookie recipe?

A Family Favorite

I have had this cookie recipe for many years and have made it often for St. Patrick's Day celebrations.

These shamrock cookies look festive, are easy to make, and are good to eat, too. The pistachio pudding gives the cookies a green color and pistachio flavor, and the green icing on top gives them a wonderfully festive finish.

I hope you enjoy them!


  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 (3 1/2-oz) package instant pistachio pudding mix, dry
  • 1 1/3 cups baking mix (e.g., Jiffy Mix or Bisquick)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar


  1. In a bowl, cream together the margarine or butter with the dry pudding mix.
  2. Blend in the baking mix, egg, and sugar until well mixed.
  3. Roll out the cookie batter on a lightly floured board to 3/8" thickness and cut with a shamrock cookie cutter.
  4. Place cut-out cookies on a lightly greased baking sheet.
  5. Bake at 350 for 9-10 minutes or until lightly browned at edges.
  6. Cool on wire racks. Frost with icing when cool. You may also sprinkle with green sugar if desired.

Icing Recipe

Once the cookies have cooled, it's time to ice them.


  • 2 cups confectioners sugar, unsifted
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • Green food coloring
  • Green sugar (optional)


  1. In a bowl, mix the sugar, milk, and vanilla until well combined.
  2. Tint the mixture with green food coloring.
  3. Optional: Sprinkle frosted cookies with green sugar, if desired.

5 stars from 1 rating of Shamrock Pistachio Cookies

Shamrock Cookie Cutters

Ann Clark Cookie Cutters 2-Piece St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Cookie Cutter Set with Recipe Booklet, 2.6" and 4"
Ann Clark Cookie Cutters 2-Piece St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Cookie Cutter Set with Recipe Booklet, 2.6" and 4"
I personally own this set of 2-Shamrock Cookie Cutters, size 4" and 2.6". It is great to have two different sizes when making these cookies. The set also includes a recipe book, plus it's made in the USA. I feel the price is reasonable, and they can be ordered through Amazon Prime, which means two-day delivery with free shipping.

© 2010 Leona J Atkinson


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      Leona J Atkinson 

      10 years ago from Oregon, USA

      Thanks Steve, I hadn't heard that before but it sure makes sense! Blessings to you.

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      10 years ago from San Francisco

      "four leaf clover is so lucky... cause you get a bonus Jesus!"

      Steve Colbert


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