Green St. Patrick’s Day cookies are an easy moist cookie packed with lots of festive green coconut. The same dough can be dyed bright green adding contrasting white chocolate to make it a showstopper.
Wow, this year is going fast…. In a few weeks it will be St Patrick’s Day so I baked these delicious, soft and tender, yet packed full of flavor Green St. Patrick’s day cookies!!
I love St Patrick’s Day. I particularly enjoy the history of it. It’s actually a religious holiday that honors St Patrick and is celebrated on March 17th, the day of his death. I think its kind of ironic because he wasn’t even Irish; he was born in Roman Britain but spent most of his life in Ireland.
The first celebration of what we think of as St Patrick’s Day was of course done in America. After the revolutionary war soldiers who were missing their original homeland had parades celebrating their origins. Its been getting bigger and more festive every year. The city of Chicago even dyes part of the river green to celebrate?!!
Not to be left out I wanted to make something green to celebrate. We will definitely be having a green beer in our house but I thought this green cookie would be fun too. (I know, cookies and beer… interesting combination but it is St Patrick’s Day so I’m going with it!)
This Green St. Patrick’s Day cookie is derived from the base of my tropical cookies but I offer it to you here a couple of different ways. They bake for a little bit less time and are softer, but still jam packed with flavor
WHAT IS THE TRICK TO GET REALLY GREEN COOKIES OR BRIGHT GREEN COCONUT??
Don’t buy the food coloring at the grocery store… its not concentrated enough. Buy a gel food coloring. You can find them at some grocery stores but you can also find it at Michael’s (most stores sell the Wilton colors) or online at Amazon (by wilton or my personal favorite americolor.)
I divided this recipe in half to get two totally different looking cookies. One version is with regular dough but you dye the coconut green, use green pistachios and green mini m& M’s. The second option is dyeing the whole dough bright green. In that version I used white chocolate chips to and left the coconut white to contrast off of the bright green.
Looking for more inspiration for a holiday treat? You could make these Heart Shaped Donuts into a shamrock shape, or just make a simple circular donut and make a quick green glaze from them.
I hope you enjoy the cookies….. and St. Patrick’s Day!!
- 2 unsalted Butter 8 oz
- 1/4 cup white sugar 4 oz
- 1 3/4 cup brown sugar 12 oz
- 2 Tablespoons lime zest
- 2 large eggs
- 3 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
- 1 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1 Cup Coconut dyed green
- 3/4 cup Pistachios
- 1 Cup Coconut Natural white Color
- 3/4 cup White Chocolate Chips
- Green Gel Food Coloring to get desired color I used 3 drops Americolor Gel
- Preheat Oven to 350°
- In your mixing bowl, cream together butter, both sugars until they are lighter in color and well blended.
- Add lime zest and mix well.
- If you want the cookie to be bright green as pictured, this is where you will add 2-3 drops of gel food coloring and mix well. If you are using the dyed coconut version, do not use any gel coloring.
- One at a time add each egg and blend thoroughly.
- In a separate bowl sift together Flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
- Turn your mixer on low and add the flour mixture and mix until all combined.
- Remove bowl from mixer and stir in by hand remaining add ons you desire.
- Using a small 1" cookie scoop, scoop dough onto cookie sheet 3 inches apart. Alternatively use a spoon and scoop into 1 dough ball.
- Bake at 350 for 10 minutes until cookies are just starting to turn golden brown. Rotate cookie sheet at 5 minutes.
- Leave cookies on the sheet for 10 mins, then remove to cool completely to a wire rack.
- The cookie will end up being about 3" in diameter.
Feel Free to mix any additions that you like. The dough of this cookie is a great base for anything. I am just giving you the ratios of what I have pictured for you!
To make green coconut place 1 cup coconut in either metal or glass bowl. Then add one drop of food coloring gel and stir with a fork until all coconut is dyed an even color green. Once coconut is all coated, allow to sit for 10 minutes to dry. Then use as called for in recipe