St. Patrick’s Day is coming quick and what could be more fitting than leprechaun cookies from Taste of Home magazine? These little Irishmen are made from a gingerbread man cookie cutter, with an added hat and then decorated all in green!
1-1/2 cups butter, softened
1-1/2 cups sugar
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon salt
3 to 4 cups Royal Icing
Assorted paste food coloring
Green shimmer dust or edible glitter, optional
Green shamrock sprinkles, optional
Miniature semisweet chocolate chips
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until easy to handle.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in. thickness. For leprechauns, cut out dough with lightly floured 5-in. gingerbread boy cookie cutter. If desired, trim leprechaun’s body for a thinner shape.
For each hat, cut a 1-1/2-in. square and a 1-3/4-in. x 1/4-in. brim from dough scraps. Place leprechauns 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Place hat squares and brims above heads, shaping gently to touch the heads.
Bake at 350° for 10-14 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool for 1 minute before carefully removing to wire racks to cool completely.
Tint small amounts of Royal Icing red, yellow and black. Leave a small amount plain. Tint remaining icing green and orange. Frost leprechauns; decorate with shimmer dust and shamrock sprinkles if desired. For eyes, attach miniature chocolate chips with plain frosting.
Yield: about 3 dozen.