But since I was going to an afternoon barbecue with a lot of kids involved, I decided to go with something simple and festive. I've done sugar cookies with shaved chocolate before, which were yummy, but still lacking a bit in the chocolate department. I came across some mini chocolate chips in the grocery store this week, and I thought they may just be small enough to roll out in my standard sugar cookie dough. The only other change I made was to use all butter instead of half butter and half shortening. Butter is my friend.
Initially I was going to make them all shamrocks, but my shamrock cookie cutter is mildly enormous. So I also did some little 1.5 inch circles so I wouldn't be bring, like, 10 cookies to the party.
Into the oven at 375 for about 6-7 minutes. As the cookies were baking/cooking, I whipped up a quick decorating frosting:
1/2 cup shortening
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/3 cups powdered sugar
3-4 tablespoons milk
gel food coloring
Basically, beat together the shortening and vanilla, then gradually add in the powdered sugar, and milk, alternating each. Blend until the frosting is a good piping consistency, then mix in your food coloring to the desired shade of Shamrock Green :)
I was in kind of a rush to finish these guys up, so they're not the most delicately decorated cookies I've ever made, but after a couple of paper towel practice runs I decided to just go for it....
These cookies were very well received! And the more beer we drank, the yummier they got. Haha! In fact the night concluded with several inebriated men trying to convince me to open a bakery. They were already divvying up the investment shares.
I hope everyone had a debaucherous, yet safe, St. Patty's Day!