I know I’m a few days behind, but I’m sure the leprechaunS forgive me. I have always loved St. Patrick’s Day. I am very fortunate to have a family that enjoys history and keeps track of who and where our family came from. I am off-the-boat Irish. My family came over in the late 1800s-early 1900s.
Now that I’ve been to Ireland, my adoration for the holiday has grown…if that’s even possible! You can read all about that trip HERE! St. Patrick’s Day is also a mostly American thing because it is a celebration of where we came from and our heritage…not just a day to drink cheap green beer. Since I was home for the day, I made 2 St. Patty’s day treats.
First, I made a shamrock shake
2 scoops vanilla ice cream
1 cup of milk
1 teaspoon sugar
Green food coloring
Handful of ice
Throw everything in a blender and blend until smooth. Add food coloring until it is the desired shade. Serve with a cool shamrock straw.
The second thing I made was green chocolate chip cookies. It’s a relatively basic cookie recipe with…you guessed it…green food coloring.
2 1/2 cups flour
1 stick butter
1/2 cup butter flavored Crisco
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract (optional)
Chocolate chips of your choice- I used dark chocolate
1. Cream butter and crisco, add sugar, vanilla and eggs.
2. Add green food coloring to desired shade. I used about 10 drops.
3. Combine flour, cornstarch, salt and baking powder in a bowl. Slowly add it to the “wet” ingredients.
4. Mix in 1 1/2 cups, or half a bag of chocolate chips. It will look like mint-chocolate-chip ice cream.
5. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour. Trust me. Don’t skip this step. Longer is better. But at least an hour.
6. Pre-heat the oven to 350, bake for 10-12 minutes depending on your oven etc. The cookies will JUST start to turn brown around the edges.
EAT, with a nice big glass of milk!
And now, for some Irish fun facts to make your St. Patricks day a little educational-
-Only 9% of the Irish population are natural redheads.
-A book only needs to sell 3,000 copies to top the Irish bestseller list.
-There have never been snakes in Ireland. St. Patrick did nothing with snakes.
-Gaelic is Ireland’s official language, but English is most commonly spoken