St. Patrick's Day is a pretty big holiday around here. While my wife is Italian (and, thus, so are my kids) my background is more varied. However, I think it's safe to say that I'm predominantly Irish. The brown hair, dark eyes and skin so pale that I don't tan - it's all I can do to just tone down the blue.
So, every year we use the holiday as a excuse to buy Guinness Draught, listen to the Irish Rovers, and (like everything else we do) get the family together for dinner.
A family tradition is that me and the kids (well, okay, Christina - the other two are too "mature") get together and bake a giant shamrock cookie.
The recipe isn't rocket science:
- Pick up any 18 oz. package of sugar cookie mix.
- Shape it roughly into a shamrock shape; as it bakes the sugar cookie dough will spread out and change the shape of your cookie anyway.
- Bake 15 - 20 minutes or until you can lift an edge of it and see that it's golden-brown.
- Let it cool on the baking sheet for two minutes, then carefully loosen cookie with a spatula (so it doesn't stick to the sheet.)
- Before decorating, let it cool completely. Say 20 minutes. Decorate it hot and your frosting will melt and run all over the place.
- Decorate with green frosting, green sugar crystals. Just so everyone knows it's a shamrock, outline with white chocolate chips.
Still, it's a fun craft, especially if you have wee bairns who're not above green a little frosting on their hands.