Happy St. Patty's Day! I couldn't help but create one more treat for St. Patrick's Day - decorated sugar cookies with clovers, rainbows, and pots of gold.
This set of cookies encompasses a few different decorating techniques. The four-leaf clovers and pots of gold covered in sanding sugar are actually royal icing transfers. Royal icing transfers are super easy to make. All you need is a template (which I created in word using some free clip art images), wax paper, a sheet pan, royal icing tinted the colors you'd like, and some sanding sugar.
Using painter's tape, you tape the template to the backside of a metal sheet pan. You then cover the template with wax paper. Using 20-second icing in your desired colors, pipe your design. Then allow it to dry for 24 hours before carefully peeling them off of the wax paper. The transfers can be stored in an airtight container for months.
I also used the wet-on-wet technique for the clovers. All that means is that I piped wet royal icing on top of wet royal icing. Here's how I made the clovers using the wet-on-wet technique:
My absolute favorite cookie in the set is the cookie with rainbow clovers and rainbow dots framing the cookie. They're so colorful and festive.
I also made some double-decker cookies. I filled in a circle cookie using rainbow colors. After the cookie dried completely, I attached an already dry and decorated clover cookie.
I'm still working hard to get comfortable writing with royal icing. I figure the more I practice, the better I have to become, right?
And which set of St. Patrick's Day decorated cookies would be complete without clovers? So for my clovers this year, I decided to add a curly detail in the piping. I think they came out pretty cute.
St. Patrick's Day Sugar Cookies - Clovers, Rainbows, and Pots O'Gold
For the sugar cookie and royal icing recipes, click here. (The recipes are at the end of the post.)
There are chocolate sugar cookies in the photos. That recipe is not included. I'm still in the process of developing the recipe. I'm hoping to publish the final recipe soon!
Royal Icing Colors for the Rainbow Clover Cookies
Rainbow Colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple) - piping and flood consistencies
White - flood consistency
Instructions for Decorating the Rainbow Clover Cookies
Using green piping icing, outline the cookies. Allow the outline to crust over by waiting a few minutes.
Flood the cookie with white icing. While the icing is still wet, make clovers using the technique photographed above. Instead of using a single color to make the clovers, make each leaf a different color. I grouped the colors as follows: red, orange, yellow and blue, green, and purple.
Allow the cookies to dry completely. Then using the rainbow colors in piping consistency, add the dots along the edge of the cookie.
Finally, using a bit of royal icing, glue the royal icing transfers to the center of each cookie.
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