Irish Butter Cookies

These delicious treats pay subtle homage to the Irish tradition with a drop of whiskey in the icing.

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Irish Butter Cookies


  1. 1 cup (2 sticks) Challenge European Style Butter
  2. ¾ cup sugar
  3. 1 egg
  4. 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  5. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  6. ¼ teaspoon salt

Buttercream Icing

  1. ¼ cup (½ stick) Challenge European Style Butter, softened
  2. 1 cup powdered sugar
  3. 1 Tablespoon whiskey*
  4. 2 drops green food color
  5. green cake decorating crystals


  1. 1

    Preheat oven to 375°F. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Gradually add flour mixture into butter mixture. Mix until well blended.

  2. 2

    Divide dough in half. Roll out half of dough at a time on a lightly floured surface to ⅛-inch txhickness (approx. 12-inch circle). Cut into shamrock shapes with floured cookie cutter. Place ½- inches apart on parchment lined or unbuttered cookie sheets.

  3. 3

    Bake 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer cookies to wire racks; cool completely. Spread tops of cookies with buttercream icing and sprinkle with green cake decorating crystals. Store in airtight container.

Buttercream Icing

  1. 1

    Cream butter. Add powdered sugar and blend well. Stir in whiskey and beat well. Blend in food color. Add additional sugar or whiskey if necessary for spreading consistency. Makes ½-cup icing.

Note: *½ teaspoon of vanilla plus 2½ teaspoons water could be substituted for whisky.

Source: Challenge Home Economist


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These are fun to make and the kids gobbled them up!



These are the bomb. The smell of them baking is awesome. Best cookies I've made in a long time.



Really love these cookies but I cannot that dark green color in my icing although I have tried several brands and types. Anyone have a clue what they used for these photos? Super cute!



Try tinting the icing yellow first. Then add blue a little at a time until you get the dark green shade.


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