Thursday, March 3, 2011

Leprechaun Loot

FINALLY. I have new St Patrick's Day cookies. And I love them. I want to squish them in my arms and take them with me wherever I go.

I originally wanted to make these larger than they are. But for all my wanting, I only have one circle cutter with a fluted edge. And it isn't big. And in the end, I love them for their smallness. Because you know what they are perfect for?

LEPRECHAUN LOOT!

Wouldn't these be adorable to hide in piles around your house on St. Patrick's Day? You know, in addition to dying the toilet water green and forcing everyone to eat very unappealing green pancakes for breakfast. (Not that I would ever do that. I mean... my green pancakes are SO appealing.) These are pretty simple to make, too. And, maybe its because they are small, but they took much less time than other cookies I've been doing lately. Want to make some?

First, flood a white circle on a cookie. Leave a little room for the green edge. Immediately pipe green dots for the shamrock leaves.

Grab a toothpick, and pull through the dots towards the center. Do the sides first, and slightly pull them up toward the middle one.

When you pull through the top dots, slightly lift at the bottom of the leaf and continue pulling down to create a light stem. Or you can dip your toothpick in some green icing and draw through the icing to make a darker stem.

Let your circles dry for awhile. Clean up your mess. Try to get the green coloring off your fingers...and then come back when the white icing is dry. Pipe large circles around the edge. 

Take your toothpick (or another one if you dropped that one on the floor while you were cleaning) and wiggle the dots back and forth so they touch. It sounds complicated, but its super quick. Just one quick back and forth at the inside edge of each dot and your done.

I think these would look just as good on regular old circles as it does on a fluted circle. So don't let that stop you. Get to making your loot.

28 comments:

Miss Mixie said...

These are so cute! And they look delicious. =)

The design is actually pretty elegant, too.

Glora said...

These are absolutely adorable. I loved the tutorial, because I could at least pretend that I could make this cute of a cookie. Love these!!!

Cristin (Pinkie) said...

These are so great! Love them! Thanks for the tutorial too!

Haniela said...

these are the pretties St. Patrick's cookies I've seen. i really love this design!

The Painted Cookie said...

First of all they are beautiful, second I love how you did your hearts on the shamrocks using 2 dots to drag a heart. Off to practice that technique...thanks!

Terri said...

These are darling and I may have to use this idea for an order I have coming up. I attempted these shamrocks on my St. Patick's Day cookies, and mine didn't look very good...I see what I did wrong however. I tried to do it with one "dot" instead of two! TFS!

CantStopBaking said...

these are adorable! and brilliant!

Meg said...

Those are seriously CUTE! Love them! the detail and size are perfect.

Sue said...

Thanks so much for another great idea! I'm going to give it a go!

Alwayzbakin said...

I love your blog! These cookies came out adorable. Thanks for the tutorial.

TheRedCooky said...

Totally cute, I'm glad I'm not the only one walking around squishing cookies wherever I go ;)

cookies and cups said...

what crazy adorable cookies!!

Natalie said...

Really effective design. I love them. Happy St Paddy's Day.

Nisson Family said...

I love your scalloped circle shamrock cookies! They are adorable! I also love the look of the little shamrock leaves. :)

Pam

Samantha said...

What a fantastc idea! So clever and so cute!

Amy's Cooking Adventures said...

Wonderful! I will definitely be trying this!

Mary Anne P said...

Fantastic design! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

Dana Marcus said...

You are so funny! I am going to give these a try -hopefully they will come out looking as cute as yours did! Thank you for sharing! Dana

The Nesting Bee said...

Thank you for the inspiration on these cookies. I tried thisi technique and when I compared my cookies to your design, I realized mine looked more like parsley leaves! LOL!

Sophie said...

What kind of green du you use for this cookie?

LilaLoa said...

I used Kelly green. (I think.) Just make sure you use ENOUGH of the food color so that the green is bright instead of pastel!

Just Ask Laura said...

Great tutorial--again!

Can I ask how thick you rolled these?

LilaLoa said...

I roll most of cookies to be 3/8 inch thick.

Jessy F. said...

I made these cookies the other day and followed Sweet Hope Cookies's tip to use Hershey's Kisses. The creme de menthe kisses were delicious with your chocolate cookie recipe, and everyone loved them! Thanks!

DLThompson06 said...

Hi Georganne, I'm amazed by your talent! Thanks for posting the tutorial for these adorable cookies. I'm a novice, but attempted them last night with mixed results. I think I'll start over today. Do you mind telling me what recipe you used for the cookies and the icing? My cookie dough was SO soft, even after letting the dough chill for an hour. It was nearly impossible to get them onto the cookie sheets and retain the shape. Also, I used a regular Royal Icing recipe to outline the white circle, and filled it in with some diluted icing (with water) for the fill-in part. My green was too light (yup, pastel...need to use more color) and it ended up being too watery. Ugh! Thanks for answering all my questions!

DLThompson06 said...

Okay, so I jumped the gun and posted my questions without *really* looking for the answers. And guess what?? I found the answers on your website, of all places! ;) So I'll try your chocolate cookie recipe, and also use your Royal icing recipe. I only have one question left...do you thin your Royal icing to do the fill-in color? Or do you use one consistency for the whole thing? Thanks again, and sorry for not doing my research first!

LilaLoa said...

DLThompson06 -- I've got you covered there too! Check out this post --

http://lilaloa.blogspot.com/2012/03/icing-consistency-it-matters.html

for more information than your probably want on how I do royal icing. And if that's not enough...there are a few more links at the bottom to how OTHER people do royal icing!

(PS -- Sometimes blogs are hard to navigate. Feel free to ask anytime!)

Joanna said...

Wish I had seen this before attempting my (very very simple) St Patrick's cookies! Definitely bookmarking it for next year!

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