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March 17, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Sugar Cookies - Clovers, Rainbows, and Pots O'Gold

St. Patty's Day Rainbow Cookies | The Crafting Foode

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.

St.Pattys Day Rainbow Cookies

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:

St. Patty's Clover Cookies | The Crafting Foodie

St. Pattys Clover Cookies | The Crafting Foodie

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.

St Patty's Day Rainbow Cookies | The Crafting Foodie

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.

St Pattys Day Rainbow Cookies | The Crafting Foodies

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?

St Patricks Day Rainbow Cookies | The Crafting Foodies

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. Patricks Day Rainbow Cookies

St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Cookies | The Crafting Foodie


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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Amazing St Patty Treats Aida!!! So Colorful! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Wow, Aida. These are gorgeous. The intricate detail is so impressive! You never fail to blow me away!

how super cute
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These are absolutely amazing and a great idea with the wet royal icing.

You are so talented, your cookies are just beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week!
Miz Helen

Thanks so much Ilda! I love colorful cookies. They just brighten up even the gloomiest of days! I hope you had a wonderful St. Patrick's Day as well.

Thanks again Robyn! These cookies took on a life of their own - more colors, more detail. They're actually probably one of my absolute favorites so far! Hope you have a great week!

Thanks so much Angie!

Thanks so much Serindipity! Wet-on-wet royal icing is such an easy technique,and it creates some pretty fantastic results. Thanks for stopping by The Crafting Foodie!

Thanks Miz Helen! It's my pleasure to be part of your great link-party!

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