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Pistachio Shamrock Cookies for St. Patrick's Day

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.

© 2010 Leona J Atkinson


Leona J Atkinson (author) from Oregon, USA on March 23, 2010:

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

luckycharm4me from San Francisco on March 23, 2010:

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

Steve Colbert

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