I love St. Patrick’s Day- the music, the story, how green the grass is, and all the wildflowers that are blooming. If you haven’t heard the story of St. Patrick before, let me fill you in on the major points. As a teenager, Patrick, who was actually from Britain, was captured by Irish pirates and became an animal-tending slave in Ireland for about six years. He escaped, but then later he returned to Ireland as a missionary. What a story of forgiveness! With the powerful story and my love of Irish music, I always anticipate St. Patrick’s Day with eager expectations. I am often disappointed on the actual day because I am reminded each year that most people don’t really celebrate the day, and if they do, it’s mostly about drinking. Well, this year, I played some Irish violin music, listened to my Irish Pandora station, and actually made something green with the intention of celebrating tonight with some friends. These are the cookies I made for tonight’s event. Hope you enjoy!
Mixing: 10 minutes
Chilling: 2 hours or overnight
Baking: 7-8 minutes per cookie sheet
Frosting: 10 minutes
1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1 c. vegan butter (SmartBalance or EarthBalance work)
1/4 c. non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened coconut milk)
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 c. Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Baking Flour
2 T. cornstarch
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
4 c. powdered sugar
4 T. non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened coconut milk)
1/2 to 1 tsp vanilla
Green food coloring, if desired
Combine 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar with butter, 1/4 c. non-dairy milk and vanilla. Mix on low in a stand mixer. Add flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Give it a little stir so the flour won’t poof, and then mix with a stand mixer until combined. Cover and let sit in the fridge for at least 2 hours. The dough will be wetter than normal cookie dough.
After two hours, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. You have at least two options with the dough. The quick version is to take it out by Tablespoons and press onto a piece of parchment paper to about 1/4 inch thick in the shape of a cookie. If you want shaped cookies, it will require a fair amount more of effort since the dough is wetter. Always put remaining dough back in the fridge until you are ready to shape it so it will be less sticky.
Bake the cookies on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet for 7-8 minutes at 375 degrees until edges just start to brown. Cool on a cooling rack (I just pull the whole sheet of parchment paper onto the cooling rack.)
Mix powdered sugar, salt, vanilla, and non-dairy milk. Stir well and then spoon onto cooled cookies. If it is too thick, add a tiny bit of milk at a time until it is the desired texture. Put a spoonful on each cooled cookie and spread as needed. It will flatten out and turn to a glaze-like icing in a minute or two.
Enjoy and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!