Lucky Lime Leprechaun Cookies
March 17, is one of the best days for sweets and treats and beer too.
So before we celebrate St. Patricks’ Day you can easily whip up a batch of Lucky lime leprechaun cookies for March 17th!
Leprechauns are born out of Irish folklore and a great added piece of March 17th.
Maybe the riches of the day are simply sweet treats?
If that’s the case, as simple as a leprechaun is, so is the recipe for the Lucky Lime Leprechaun cookies!
Just like when you take your eyes off of a leprechaun they disappear, so will these yummy lucky lime leprechaun cookies!
Maybe you will want to make a double batch, as they are like finding a pot of gold in your kitchen!
March 17th And A Leprechaun
When my kids were much smaller, the leprechauns used to visit our house.
In fact, the lucky kids would find leprechaun ‘pee’ in the toilet (I’d toss in some green dish detergent!)
As they got older, and I knew that the kids would not swallow pennies, I left mini kettles at their doors.
When they would wake up, they would follow trails of pennies (collecting them as they go) to a bigger surprise, green pancakes for breakfast.
Now that my kids are a bit older, lucky lime leprechaun cookies are what they look forward to each March 17th!
What Is A Leprechaun Cookie Exactly?
Cookies are a restricted item if you watch your sugar, so it’s like we struck gold when these lucky cookies appear.
While we do watch our sugar when a cookie makes an appearance sometimes it’s hard to resist.
Just like when the kids were little and couldn’t resist pretending they were looking for Leprechauns, but settled for their ‘haul’ of pennies or finding green toilet bowl water!
In the same spirit, a leprechaun cookie is sought out and enjoyed as the treat of the day!
Lime for the flavor and the color green and quite tasty, if I do say so myself!
Leprechaun cookies should appear but once a year and be savored while they are around.
You can ice these cookies, but we never do, their ‘sugar’ flavor is more than enough to satisfy, but I do mention it in case you are an icing addict!
Lucky Lime Cookies For March 17th
What’s so ‘lucky’ about lime cookies?
They only make an appearance once a year, which is what keeps them lucky.
Well, maybe it is more like this: after these cookies are made, you are LUCKY if you can find even one left the next day.
So for everyone in my house, if they can find a leftover lucky lime leprechaun cookie beyond March 17th, they are quite lucky!
Lucky To Know
A gift to you from the lucky leprechaun is that these are from bowl to oven cookies.
Meaning, that once you make the dough, you roll, them, and bake them.
No refrigeration is necessary.
I call that LUCKY!
Make and bake.
Plus, the ingredients are commonplace items, so that makes this even easier!
Tips For Making Lucky Lime Leprechaun Cookies
Cookies are only s good as the time you put into them.
I always put my butter out first thing in the morning, I generally don’t defrost or melt it in the microwave when I bake cookies.
Therefore, your butter should be at room temperature.
Also, I believe that if you don’t think these cookies are GREEN enough to be leprechaun green-worthy, toss in some food coloring.
Nothing lost if you do, except some may be too lame of a green-colored cookie, lol!
Zest your Fresh LIME right when you are making the cookies, NOT before!
Lucky? Leprechaun Cookies?
All-in-all you will be preparing a batter in ONE bowl and using about 2 trays.
The process is fast, so we are lucky because there is minimal work!
Recipe for Lucky Lime Leprechaun Cookies
- 3/4 C of Room temperature butter.
- 1/2 C Sugar
- 2 Lg Eggs
- A teaspoon of salt eliminate if using salted butter
- 3 oz of Lime Gelatin any brand
- Fresh Lime Zest about 2 teaspoons
- 1 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- 2-3 Cups of Flour dough is slightly sticky to work with
- Food Coloring GREEN optional
- Preheat your oven to 350° F.
- Prepare 2 large baking trays, by covering with a piece of parchment paper each or a silicone mat each.
- In a deeper mixing bowl, place, butter, sugar, and egg.
- Cream them together well.
- Next, it's time to add 3/4 of the pouch of lime gelatin.
- Combine with the other ingredients and pour the 1/4 bag of the mixture into a rimmed shallow bowl or cup and set aside.
- Add in the fresh lime zest and mix well.
- If the green is NOT enough, then add a few drops of GREEN Food coloring. However, if it's fine, just move to the next step.
- Now place, baking soda, baking powder, and 2 1/2 C of flour (reserve 1/2 c).
- Once mixed, see how 'sticky' your dough is.
- If it is too sticky, you will want to add more flour, but not more than 1/2 a cup.
- Rather than tossing in the full 1/2 C place it in 1/4 C at a time and see if the dough firms up just a bit.
- Roll the ball into a large ball in the well of the bowl.
- Next, you will use a cookie scoop and grab a ball at a time, and then place the ball into the reserve lime gelatin.
- Remove from the gelatin-dip onto the tray and flatten. (please note, I used the bottom of a drinking glass and I coated it LIGHTLY with flour so it did not stick).
- You are not SMASHING the cookie flat, just not leaving it in a large ball.
- Bake at 350°F for 12-15 minutes depending on your oven.
- Don't let them brown or they have baked too long.
- Remove from oven, and allow the tray to cool about 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.
- Serve and enjoy! ~ Dana XO
Don’t forget to try out my Irish One Hour Brown Bread, a truly easy Bread recipe that’s also perfect for March 17!