Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. It is a great day to wear green, listen to Celtic music, drink green beer, wear pins reading ‘Erin go Bragh’ and “Kiss me, I’m Irish.’ Major cities hold parades and Chicago colors the river green, an annual tradition for over 50 years. It always seems that those who are not of Irish descent wish they were on March 17th.
The love for the Irish in this country was not always the case. In the late 19th and early 20th century when Irish immigrants were flooding into America, the Irish were looked down upon because of their heritage and Catholic religion. They were stereotyped as violent, lazy and drunks. Employment banners read ‘Irish need not apply’ and lawn signs read ‘Irish and dogs keep off lawn.’ Despite this, the Irish were willing to work hard and took dangerous jobs others would not do such as building bridges, canals and railroads; anything to support their families. Eventually, careers such as police officer and firefighter became a tradition for generations in many Irish families to this day.
When my grandfather came to the United States in 1912, he started using the initial ‘P’ instead of his middle name Patrick. When asked what the ‘P’ stood for, to avoid ridicule he would reply Philip because it did not sound Irish. Although, Grandpa was proud of his Irish heritage and every St. Patrick’s Day he took the day off from work to attend the parade and visit the pubs.
The Irish were not the only ones to be victims of racism then and now. In fact, the Irish have come a long way. They have a national holiday and March is Irish American Heritage Month. So, as we celebrate the Irish, lest we forget America still has a long way to go to rid the country of racism and bigotry.
These cookies were stenciled with royal icing. For this design the stencil was placed on half the cookie, which created a challenge to keep the stencil in place while spreading the icing and lifting the stencil. Come see how they turned out.
Shamrock Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Light Yellow with AmeriColor Egg Yellow
Royal Icing for detail tinted Avocado Green with AmeriColor Avocado
Royal Icing for detail tinted Gold with AmeriColor Egg Yellow and Wilton Brown
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Celtic Knot Stencils
Outline cookie with #2 tip in yellow icing.
Flood cookie in yellow icing.
Let dry overnight.
Place the stencil on cookie. Apply light pressure so the stencil stays in place.
Spread green detail icing with spatula. Remove excess icing. Gently lift stencil.
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