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Shamrock Drops Recipe

Shamrock Drops

Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 40 minutes, including cooling time

These fun cookies are a version of my grandmother's. They originally call for shortening, but in the face of all that is known about trans fats these days, I opted for butter this time. We usually make these cookies pink, which makes them the best complement for ice cream. I think chocolate chip mint or pistachio would be great for St. Pat's.

by Anne Coleman

What you'll need

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon mint extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 oz confetti candy (multi-colored non-pareils)
  • green food coloring
  • powdered sugar


Yields 2 dozen cookies


Variations: For a different flavor, substitute 1 teaspoon of vanilla or almond extract for the mint extract.

How to make it

  1. Mix butter and sugar until fluffy.
  2. Blend flour and salt and add alternately to butter mixture with milk and extract. Add food coloring to milk so it gets into dough evenly.
  3. Add in confetti and mix well. Dough will be stiff.
  4. Roll into 1" balls and flatten slightly.
  5. Bake on greased cookie sheets at 350° F for 15 minutes. Do not let them brown.
  6. Cool and roll in powdered sugar.