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Celebrate Erin in the Kitchen
To many, St. Patrick's Day is the real harbinger of spring.
Taking place in stormy March, just as the first blooms burst forth into color, St. Patrick's Day is actually a feast of religious observance. During the past thousand years or so, the day has gained notoriety not only for as a religious observance, but also for exuberant celebrations of Irish heritage and culture. Today, it is the only national holiday recognized outside of its native land.
People travel from around the world to see parades in Australia, Chicago, New Orleans and New York City. From the "wearin' of the green" to corned beef and cabbage dinners, everyone gets in on the fun of being Irish on St. Patrick's Day. Try this recipe for Irish flag cookies. Quick and easy to prepare, decorating these simple sugar cookies is a great way to get your own little leprechauns involved in the celebration.
In large bowl, cream together butter and confectioners' sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla extract. Mix well.
In a medium-sized bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda and cream of tartar. Blend into the butter mixture. Divide dough into thirds and shape into balls.
Working with 1 3 of the dough at a time, roll out dough to 1 4 inch thick on a floured surface. With a knife, cut dough into rectangles about two inches high by three inches long (6 by 8 cm).
Place rectangles on an ungreased cookie sheet, two inches apart. Bake in a preheated 350 F (175 C) oven until lightly browned. Cool completely on a wire rack. Frost cookies with Irish Flag frosting. Make a 1-inch green stripe on the left side of the rectangles and a 1-inch orange stripe on the right side, leaving the middle unfrosted.
Blend confectioners' sugar, salt and vanilla. Add just enough water to make frosting easy to spread.
Divide frosting into two small bowls. Add two drops of orange food coloring to one bowl and two drops of green food coloring to the other bowl. Mix each until the colors are even.
Serving Size: Makes three dozen cookies
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