🍀Celebrate St. Patricks Day!🍀🍀🍀🍀

“Legend says that each leaf of the clover has a meaning: the first is for hope, the second for faith, the third for love, and if you can find a 4- leaf clover, the fourth leaf represents luck.” -Jean LeGrand

Hello, sweet friend…


There are a number of ways to celebrate “wearing of the green”….


And whether you are Irish or not…this year might just be a great time to celebrate…


However if you are like me… You probably want to keep it easy and simple….


Here are 2 delicious recipes just in case you too are feeling a bit of the Irish Charm…


Shamrock Milk Shake

Ingredients

  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 4 to 6 drops mint extract
  • 2 to 3 drops green food coloring
  • Whipped cream for topping 
    (*optional Maraschino cherries)

Instructions

  • Place the vanilla ice cream, milk, mint extract, and food coloring in the blender.
  • Blend all of the ingredients until smooth.
  • Serve immediately, topped with whipped cream and a cherry.

Shamrock Sugar Cookies


Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup  unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 ½ cup  confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 
  • 1 cup  semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • ¼ cup green sprinkles

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 400° F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together softened butter and confectioners’ sugar. Add the egg and vanilla, and beat until thoroughly incorporated. Scrape down sides as necessary.
  • With mixer on low, slowly add flour mixture to the bowl. The dough is ready when most of it sticks to the paddle. When touched it, it has a little give, but does not stick to fingers.
  • Flour the work surface and roll dough to about 1/4 inch thick, using flour for dusting as necessary. Use a shamrock cookie cutter to cut out cookies. Place cookies on prepared baking sheet and bake for 7 to 8 minutes, or until the edges start to turn golden.
  • Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. Gather up scraps and reroll dough. Repeat until no dough remains.
  • In a double boiler, melt chocolate with shortening Dip half of the cookie in the chocolate and place on a wire rack set over a cookie sheet (to catch the drips and sprinkles). Immediately add the green sprinkles on the chocolate. If you have more discipline than me…Wait for chocolate to set and then enjoy!

Marcia
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7 Responses to 🍀Celebrate St. Patricks Day!🍀🍀🍀🍀

  1. Jose says:

    Your post is so delightful
    The rush of green everywhere and the ink is so wonderfully celebratory!
    The recipes are mouthwatering and timely.
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day ☘️!!!!

  2. Donna L Kelly says:

    LOVELOVELOVE this !!!!!! I want a Shamrock Shake NOW and its only 6:30 am!!!! I bet your guests had fun and so did Joe because he gets samples!!!!!! Thanks for sharing xo

    • Marcia says:

      Thanks Donna. For a SUPER creamy & rich shake I’ve also tried using set cream and real chocolate mint ice cream. ☘️☘️☘️ Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you & Bill.☘️☘️

  3. Monica says:

    Your post is lovely. What a gift you have!

  4. Becky Yohonn says:

    Outstanding post as expected. Such wonderful photos and recipes. Thank you for all your creative work. And thanks to Joe.

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