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Tie-Dyed Swirls- St. Patrick’s Day Cookies

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St Patrick’s day is right around the corner and these adorable retro tie-dyed sugar cookies are the best way to celebrate! I originally got the idea from a store bought cake mix box and then tweaked it a bit with my custom colors and turned it up a notch with added lemon zest and almond extract. They are delicious and a fun treat for the kids.

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If you had me choose between a sugar cookie and chocolate chip cookie- every-single-time I would chose chocolate chip. It’s not necessarily because of the chocolate but rather the overall texture. So why not use my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe and omit the brown sugar and chips and add in some almond extract and to create that same type of texture. Yes it’s basically a sugar cookie- it is a sugar cookie-but it’s my favorite kind of sugar cookie because to me, myself, and I its 2 ingredients shy of being a chocolate chip cookie:)

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I have provided a step by step instructions below! Beware it will take some time! But not too long.. Just a little while….Okay just forget I said that-it’s quick:) really quick:) I promise! Just make them already!

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1. Roll about 1 tsp of dough from each bowl into a small ball shape and place into 2 rows to form a square.

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2. Pinch the dough balls together to form a log. Roll dough into a rope, about 10-12 inches long.

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 3. Coil the rope into a spiral shape slightly twisting it as you wind it around the center.

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Tie-Dyed Swirls-St. Patrick's Day Cookies
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1⅛ cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 2¾ cups all purpose flour
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Cream together softened butter and sugar. Add the extracts and egg. Mix until the egg is thoroughly incorporated. In a separate bowl, combine your flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, then add that to the wet mixture in 2 or 3 small batches. When the dough begins to form around the paddle attachment and or your spoon/spatula it is ready. It should not be sticky. Separate the dough into 4 equal portions and place each portion into a bowl. Cover each bowl with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rest in the refrigerator for 20 minutes before you begin the next step.
  2. Place a drop of the food coloring into each appropriate bowl. Dark Green in one, Aqua Green in the next, Medium Green then light green. If you do not have 4 different green colorings then just use blue and green to form the aqua color and yellow to form the medium/yellowish green color and barely any green coloring to form the light green (use just a tad).
  3. Wearing plastic gloves mix each color into its appropriate ball of dough until thoroughly combined. Cover each bowl with plastic wrap and again refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. Now when you are ready, roll about 1 tsp of dough from each bowl into a small ball shape and place into 2 rows to form a square. Pinch the dough balls together to form a log. Roll dough into a rope, about 10-12 inches long. Coil the rope into a spiral shape slightly twisting it as you wind it around the center. Repeat for the remainder of the dough. Bake at 400 for 7-8 minutes.

12 Comments

  1. Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen

    These are adorable and so creative. Kids of all ages will love them.
    Sam

    03 . Mar . 2015
  2. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    How fun and festive!

    03 . Mar . 2015
  3. Rachel

    these are too adorable! i love st. patrick’s themed things 🙂 so cute.

    03 . Mar . 2015
  4. K / Pure & Complex

    I love how bright these cookies are. I just may have to try this out Jessica 🙂

    03 . Mar . 2015
  5. kitchen flavours

    What a fun idea! Your cookies looks fabulous and I’m sure would bring smiles to anyone! Lovely!

    04 . Mar . 2015
  6. Tricia @ Saving room for dessert

    I have to say that St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorites when it comes to food and such. These cookies are fantastic! You are so creative and smart to come up with that method. I LOVE it! Looks like Playdough 🙂 Love the almond extract in there too – I am a fan!

    05 . Mar . 2015
  7. Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel

    Wicked and looks like a blast to make!

    05 . Mar . 2015
  8. Eva Taylor

    Such a festive looking cookie and your step by step instructions make these a no-brainer. Nicely done Jessica. And you’ve reminded me that I need to get my green on! I’d better get cracking!

    07 . Mar . 2015
  9. Roz

    Oh Jessica, these are absolutely perfect for St. Patrick’s Day! Love, love, love, the step-by-step photo instructions! Hello from sunny and warm St. Thomas, Virgin Islands where we’re enjoying our Spring Break.
    Hugs,
    Roz

    07 . Mar . 2015
  10. Joanne

    These are so festive! Love all the shades of green. 🙂

    08 . Mar . 2015
  11. lena

    not only it looks attractive, with one of your fav recipes, this is sure delicious! have a good weekend!

    13 . Mar . 2015
  12. Veronica's Kitchen

    I have been looking for a recipe for a fundraising baking event for a young girl having bone cancer at school. Since it’s closed to St.Patrick’s Day, this cookies would be a great seller!

    14 . Mar . 2015

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