If you're pressed for time and you still feel like making some sugar cookies for St. Patrick's Day, ice a few shamrocks on simple round cookies, and make very minimal embellishments. By working on a four inch round cookie as the base, you can trace your favorite shamrock shape (either a four-leaf or a three-leaf clover will do) with a food-coloring pen, and then fill in the little green with your favorite shades of royal icing.
The shamrocks pictured here were iced with a kelly green (very lightly colored) and a leaf green royal icing. After the outlines were flooded and left to dry, I then went back and traced the shapes with a bead of icing using a #2 piping tip. You can do this with the same shade of royal icing or with a contrasting one.
Some shamrocks were given polka dots just to make some variety.
The borders of the cookies were easy to do. I used the colors of the Irish flag for these: pipe alternating white and green dots all around the border of the cookies, and then pipe orange dots in between the green & white dots as shown. Done!
What are you waiting for? If you happen to be stuck at home because of a snow storm or if you find yourself with a couple of hours this week, cut out a few sugar cookies and begin icing. Anyone can make these easy shamrock cookies. Make them simple and make them delicious!