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Shamrock Cookies

It’s all about shamrocks today! I’m going to show you how to decorate simple green Shamrock Cookies for St.Patrick’s Day. And to make this tutorial even more special I teamed up with my friend Ambs from SweetAmbs in a St. Patrick’s Day Collaboration.

Updated post from 2013

HOW TO MAKE DECORATED SHAMROCK COOKIES

It’s hard to believe 7 years’ve passed since I made my first set of shamrock cookies. And so I thought it was about time I updated my decorated shamrock sugar cookies’ tutorial from 2013 with a fresh layer of royal icing. In this updated tutorial I used similar designs and I also added few new piped details.

Set of lucky shamrock cookie from 2013.

SUGAR COOKIES

To make chocolate shamrock cookies I used my Vegan Chocolate Sugar Cookies. And to cut out shapes I used 3 and 4 leaf clover cookie cutters.

ROYAL ICING

To decorate cookies you can use regular royal icing made with meringue or egg whites. Today, since I used vegan cookies I paired it with my eggless vegan royal icing.

COLOR ROYAL ICING WITH GREEN COLORS

I used leaf green and yellow gel food coloring to achieve different shades of green.

TIP : To create different shades of green you can add yellow or blue food coloring to green. Or use different green colors like moss, forest, olive, sage etc. To lighten the color add some white icing.

ROYAL ICING CONSISTENCY

Thin icing with water to 2 consistencies. To make iced shamrock cookies I used 15 second flood consistency and piping consistency to pipe small details.

TIP : If you don’t know how to thin royal icing to 15 second consistency be sure to check my Ultimate Guide to Royal Icing Consistency.

In today’s tutorial I’m also going to use an airbrush with couple of stencils. I used chevron and polka dot stencil. Handy stencil holder keeps stencil from moving while you airbrush.

TIP : If you don’t have a stencil holder you can use magnets instead. Secure stencil between magnet. And then secure magnets onto a magnetic surface, for example baking sheet.

POLKA DOT SHAMROCK COOKIES

DECORATING STEPS :

Start by outlining shamrock cookie with white icing (piping consistency). Let the white outline crust for 5 minutes and then flood the cookie with green icing (15sec). Use a needle tool to distribute the icing evenly, (step 1-5).

Immediately take white icing (15sec) and pipe white dots into the wet green royal icing. This technique is called wet on wet, (step 6-8).

PLAID SHAMROCK COOKIES

DECORATING STEPS :

Outline and flood the cookie with green royal icing (15sec). Let the icing dry, (step 1-3).

Then with different shades of green pipe straight lines across. First with one shade of green pipe lines in one direction. Then opposite direction, repeat with different shade of green, creating plaid design,(step 4-8).

TIP : When piping straight lines first you need to anchor line at the starting point and then anchor it at the end point. When you are anchoring royal icing line decrease the pressure you are putting onto a piping bag. It takes practice and so don’t worry if you can’t get it to work right away.

AIRBRUSHED SHAMROCK COOKIES

DECORATING STEPS :

First outline and flood ½ of the shamrock cookie with green icing (15sec). Allow to dry or crust thickly, (step 1-8).

AIRBRUSHING :

Secure chevron stencil into a stencil holder. Place cookie on a paper towel and then place stencil holder with a chevron stencil over it. Airbrush iced portion of the cookies with an even layer of metallic green airbrush color. Carefully lift up the stencil, (step 1-8).

Then flood the undecorated half of the cookie with white royal icing (15sec). Let the icing crust well. Then with a piping consistency royal icing (2 shades of green) pipe scalloped edge, straight lines and dots, (step 4-8).

HOW TO PIPE A SHAMROCK WITH ROYAL ICING

To pipe a simple shamrock with royal icing start by piping a heart with piping consistency royal icing. Pipe a 2 tear drop shapes to make a heart.

Then pipe another heart opposite to the 1st heart making sure bottom points of hearts are joined. Then pipe another heart perpendicular to the 2 first set of hearts. Make a shamrock stem and shamrock is finished. (step 1-6).

STENCILED CHEVRON COOKIES

DECORATING STEPS :

Outline and flood the cookie with white icing (15sec). Let the icing dry or allow it to crust thickly. Then place chevron stencil over the cookie and airbrush cookie with metallic green airbrush color, (step 1-4). Pipe a small green shamrock in the middle, (step 5-8).

WET ON WET ROYAL ICING SHAMROCK

DECORATING STEPS :

With dark green icing pipe a thick outline. Immediately flood the middle with 15 second white icing, (step 1-6).

Then while white icing is wet pipe 3 large green dots into the white icing creating a triangular shape, (step 1).

Creating wet on wet royal icing shamrock is super easy and fun. Use a needle tool or a toothpick to shape green icing while both white base and green dots are still fluid. Don’t allow icing to crust.

Pull tip of the needle tool through the middle of top polka dot and drag the needle tool down to create a stem, (step 2).

Then repeat with 2 side polka dots except don’t drag icing straight after you pull it through the polka dot. But instead change the direction and drag it down so it becomes part of the stem you created in the step1.

LUCKY SHAMROCK COOKIES

To make 4 leaf clover cookies aka lucky shamrock cookies I used 4 leaf clover cookie cutter.

DECORATING STEPS :

Outline and flood the cookies with different shades of green royal icing (15sec). Let the icing dry and then pipe straight lines across with different shades of green (piping consistency).

And lastly pipe cornelli lace- free piped curved line that never crosses.

TIP : If you find it hard to complete swirly cornelli line all at once, take a break. It’s okay. Then continue where you took off.

COLLABORATION WITH SWEETAMBS

For our St. Patrick’s Day collaboration Amber created these beautiful rainbow lucky shamrock cookies.

TO MAKE ST. PATRICK’S DAY SHAMROCK COOKIES YOU NEED

Which set do you like better?

This post was originally published on March 8th, 2013. On February 11th, 2020 I updated this post with new step by step photos, written text and a video.

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4 Comments

  1. Would you make a video tutorial on the piping basics of lines, circle, scallops, zigzag and such.
    I’m a beginner- love your website and ideas! Thank you

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