St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Biscuits

Today I decided the kids and I would really get to work on some St. Patrick’s Day projects.  My husband was out for the day brewing beer and I figured this way the kids and I would have something to do.  We did a total of three projects (holy tired mama right now!) today and this blog is going to focus on the first.

Boo Boo is a bit under the weather, she has a cold right now but always seems to run a fever at the same time.  She feels bad when the fever is high but once the advil kicks in you would never know she was sick.  So we did project work while she was feeling a bit better.  I decided since she wasn’t feeling well that we would have chicken noodle soup and biscuits for lunch.  Which leads us to project one – Shamrock Biscuits.

Last year I went all over the place and searched high and low trying to find a shamrock cookie cutter in the stores – I never found one and never purchased one online as I didn’t want to pay astronomical shipping prices for something that didn’t cost a lot.  The other day I had to go into JoAnn Fabrics to get a new sewing machine needle and since I was actually by myself I wandered around for a little bit.  I always check out the clearance holiday merchandise and as I was finishing I noticed the St. Patrick’s day stuff right down the aisle so I decided to quickly take a look before cashing out.  Low and behold I found the Wilton shamrock cookie cutter with the plastic grip and a three pack of metal cookie cutters including a shamrock, a rainbow and a pot of gold!  (if you ask my husband he would tell you I might have a bit of a cookie cutter obsession)

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We have made fun shaped biscuits for other holidays so I decided today would be shamrock biscuits – not just any shamrock biscuits – but GREEN shamrock biscuits!  I know my kids find any food made into a fun shape or color that much more edible – it doesn’t matter that the recipe doesn’t change – they love it!  My recipe comes from my beloved Betty Crocker cookbook with a few modifications.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tbs baking powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • green food coloring (optional)

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First preheat your oven to 450º.  Measure out the flour, baking powder and salt to stand mixer (this can be done by hand but since I got my stand mixer I use it for almost everything).  Mix ingredients together.

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Add shortening and mix until the dough is in pea sized clumps.

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Measure milk, add green food coloring for desired shade of green.

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With stand mixer on low, slowly add milk.  Mix until shaggy dough forms – do not overmix.

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Turn dough out onto floured surface, roll until roughly one inch thick.

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Cut biscuits, place on cookie sheet.  Bake 10-12 minutes until lightly browned at 450º.

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Yummy lunch for the kids today!  Buddy picked a pot of gold biscuit and Boo Boo picked a rainbow.

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The inside shade of green was really quite beautiful – I don’t think the picture does it justice but the kids and I really enjoyed it!

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If you decide to make green shamrock biscuits I would love to see them!  I forsee a repeat of these again on St. Patrick’s day at our house – either that or green dinner rolls!

 

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