SHAMROCK COOKIES/ Visiting Ireland

After so many years of researching my family history, last Spring I finally visited my ancestral homeland. My husband and I drove two weeks through the land of leprechauns and fairies starting in the city of Dublin, driving south to Kilkenny, Waterford and Cork, west to Dingle and north to Killarney, Limerick and Galway.

We began our trip in Dublin hitting the famous Guinness Brewery and retraced the steps of my paternal grandparents, who were born and raised in Dublin. Most of the houses are long gone but there was definitely a cool vibe to go back in time. It was a mix of feelings visiting the paupers’ graves of my Irish ancestors yet amazing to enter St. Kevin’s, the family church where my grandfather was baptized in 1886. From Dublin, we drove to Kilkenny to tour a luxurious castle, then to Waterford to witness craftmen create magnificent cut crystal. En route to County Cork, the home of my maternal ancestors, we stopped in Kinsale, a quaint seaside town. At Cohb Harbor in Cork, (called Queenstown in 1912), the last port of call for the Titanic, we stood where the passengers embarked on that fateful voyage. [As a side note: undeterred by the tragic sinking, my paternal grandfather set sail for America a mere three weeks later.] Then off to Kenmare for an afternoon, a charming harbor town before arriving in Killarney, with plenty of pubs and restaurants. Located at the tip of the Ring of Kerry, it is a jumping off point for day tours to the Cliffs of Moher, The Burren and The Wild Atlantic Way in County Clare. We drove through scenic Moll’s Gap before heading to the breathtaking Dingle Penninsula on the western coast of Ireland. Looking across the vast sea, the next land mass was the United States. We drove to Limerick, overlooking the River Shannon before our final destination in Galway, a bustling town where street performers dance the Irish jig. It would have taken an additional two to three more weeks to tour the remaining counties in Ireland and Northern Ireland. So, it is common for tourists to make several trips to the Emerald Isle.

Passengers boarded the Titanic at white terminal building; Queenstown Harbor, Cork
Dingle Peninsula
The Wild Atlantic Way, along the North Atlantic Ocean
Irish castle on the River Shannon, Limerick
[We spent several weeks planning and researching tourist sites, Irish towns, hotels, etc. Anyone planning an Irish vacation, who may find our 14-day, driving itinerary a good starting point for your own trip, send me a message in the right margin.]

These cookies are apropos for our March holiday and stir emerald memories in this Irish lass.

[This stencil was a complimentary gift when I ordered stencils from The Cookie Countess]
Shamrock Cookies
Plaque Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted with AmeriColor Super White
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Green with AmeriColor Electric Green and AmeriColor Leaf Green
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
PME Decorating Tip #1.5
Shamrock Stencil
Toothpicks or Scribe Tool
CK White Sanding Sugar

Outline cookie with #2 tip in white icing. Flood cookie with white icing.

Pipe stripes around edge of cookie with #1.5 tip in green flood icing.
Using scribe tool, drag through icing to create marbling design. Let dry overnight.

Place shamrock stencil on cookie. Etch inside of stencil with scribe tool.

Outline and flood shamrock with #1.5 tip in green flood icing.

Sprinkle with sanding sugar. Let dry 30 minutes.

Pipe outline with #1.5 tip in green icing.

Let dry overnight.





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  1. the prettiest shamrock cookies ever!
    I loved the celtic and shamrock ones form before - but these are even more beautiful!

  2. Just wanted to say that I very much enjoy your cookie talents and
    commentary!! Regards, Joyce

    1. Joyce, Thank you very much and I appreciate your support. Have a Happy St. Pat's Day!

  3. What a fabulous post! I hope to visit Ireland next year. Have a wonderful St. Patrick's Day!


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