Everyone's a little bit Irish on St. Patrick's Day! Use your heart-shape cookie cutters to create these easy, adorable shortbread cookies.
- Heat oven to 350 degrees F. In a bowl, beat 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter until smooth. Add 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar and blend together. Beat in 6 egg yolks, 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Stir in 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour until completely incorporated. Wrap and chill dough about 30 minutes.
- Roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness and cut heart shapes with a 1- to 1-1/2-inch cookie cutter. Bake on parchment-lined baking sheets for 8 to 10 minutes until slightly golden around edges. Cool completely.
- Ice cookies with a thin icing tinted green and sprinkle with white crystal sugar. Arrange cookies to form shamrock shapes, then paint icing stems on serving platter with a brush. Makes 5 dozen.
Originally published in Ladies' Home Journal, April 2010.
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