St. Patrick’s Day is fast-approaching! I love celebrations, and love recognizing almost every major holiday that passes by. For St. Patrick’s Day, I traditionally make a special sugar cookie recipe, an outlier project for me in some ways. When it comes to desserts, it is very rare that I take to one that does not involve chocolate! However, even I can’t resist these incredible cookies.
I made them recently for my coworkers, and also as a host gift for our close friends who we stayed with… the reactions I received very much validated this recipe, and I encourage you to try it out too!
Irish Cream Sugar Cookies (adapted from this recipe)
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup Irish cream liqueur
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in vanilla and egg yolk until combined, then beat in egg; beat until smooth. Pour in Irish cream, and beat until incorporated.
- Sift together flour, salt, and baking powder. Stir into butter mixture until evenly mixed. Form into a flattened ball, wrap well with plastic wrap, and refrigerate 2 hours to overnight.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Roll dough out to 1/4 inch thickness on a floured work surface. Cut into shapes using cookie cutters and place onto prepared baking sheets.
- Bake in preheated oven until golden brown around the edges, 6 to 8 minutes. Cool on a wire rack until they reach room temperature.
I will also say that Trader Joe’s currently has a sizeable bottle of Irish cream liqueur for around $11. A similar bottle of Bailey’s from the ABC store would probably be around $17, so this is a good deal.
Don’t get too caught up with making cookies that taste strongly of Irish cream. I adjusted the recipe so that it includes a LOT of Irish cream, but I realized at the end of it all that people don’t really care if they can taste the Irish cream or not. The important thing is that it’s there, and it really does add more to the cookies than the casual eater realizes.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Use more green sprinkles than I did!