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Colorful Slice & Bake St. Patrick's Day Cookies

These Colorful Slice and Bake St.Patrick's Day Cookies are an easy, festive way to enjoy colorful and bright sugar cookies without using a single drop of frosting!
Prep Time 4 hours
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 24

Ingredients

  • 6 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cup unsalted butter at room temp
  • 2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • red, orange, yellow, green, blue & purple food coloring

Instructions

  • For the Cookie Dough:
    1. In a large bowl sift the flour and salt. Set aside.
    2. In the bowl of a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the sugar until fluffy (about 3 min on medium speed).
    3. Add the granulated sugar, and beat until light and fluffy (about 4 min on medium speed).
    4. Add the eggs. Mix until just combined.
    5. Add the vanilla and mix until just combined.
  • To Color the Dough:
    1. Divide the dough in half.
    2. Divide one half of dough in half again. Tint one half green by placing a few drops of food color on the dough, and knead the dough to distribute the color evenly. Keep the other half plain. Wrap each piece of dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
    3. Divide the other half of the dough into 5 equal pieces. Tint each piece with the remaining food colors.
    4. Wrap each tinted piece of dough in plastic wrap and chill for at least one hour.
  • To Assemble the Cookies:
    1. Roll out the green dough about 1/4 inch thick on a floured surface.
    2. Cut out as many clovers as possible. Reserve the remaining green dough for the outside of the cookies. Rap the leftover green dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate.
    3. Stack the clovers on top of each other and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
    4. While the green dough chills, roll out long ropes of the plain dough.
    5. Once the clover cut outs are chilled, place ropes of plain dough around the clover leaves. Smooth out the ropes to create a homogeneous surface around the clovers.
    6. Place back in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
    7. While the dough is chilling, roll out two large ropes out of each color of dough. You will have 12 ropes of dough in all.
    8. Place the ropes of dough around the cookie log in the order you choose.
    9. Place back in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  • To Bake the Cookies:
    1. Line a sheet pan with parchment.
    2. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
    3. Remove the log of dough from the refrigerator for about 5 to 10 min.
    4. Using a sharp kitchen knife, slice 1/4 inch cookies.
    5. Place 5 cookies on a baking sheet at a time.
    6. Place the sliced cookies in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes before baking.
    7. Bake for about 15 to 20 min (depending on thickness and how cold the cookies are).