Saturday, March 5, 2011

I'm Irish . . . eat your heart out.

St. Patrick's Day has always been a *BIG DEAL* in our family.  Growing up, my sister & I would come downstairs for breakfast and there was always a little green "happy" sitting at our places.  {One year, I got a green bikini. ;)}

{And, I wore this pin on St. Patrick's Day EVERY YEAR from high school through college....and maybe a few years beyond that.  Yes, I am a total dork.}


I wanted to make something a little girlie for St. Patrick's Day.  So, I went with dresses.  Every Irish girl wants to look their best on St. Paddy's Day, right?


{"Kiss Me, I'm Irish!"  Yes, I also had that pin, but went for subtlety. ;)}

The dresses were made using images printed on frosting sheets.
  •  I bought digital scrapbook paper and printed an entire sheet. 
  • Using my cookie cutter as a guide, I traced the shape onto the paper using a thin food coloring pen.
  • Then, I cut the shapes out, and...
  • ...because I didn't want icing to show around the edges of the dresses, I applied  a thin coating of royal icing, that had been loosened with just a few drops of water, to the back.
  • I attached these to the cookies.
{Now, I took some pictures of this whole process WITHOUT THE SD CARD in my camera.  Please pretend you see those pictures now. Thank you.}

Note: Next time, I would make a regular sugar cookie, not chocolate. With the thin coating of icing on the back, the chocolate does show through in places.

{But, here is a great chocolate cookie recipe to try!}
 
So, how about you?  Do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day? What do you do?

49 comments:

  1. These are so cute. I love St. Patrick's day and we celebrate big in my house, the leprechaun still comes and plays tricks on the kids, he turns the eggs green and maybe even their lunch. (yes I make it with them one way and then change it when they go to bed) then never tire of it, along with corned beef and cabbage dinner with fresh Irish soda Bread, my favorite!
    Happy Happy "Lucky" day to you!!!

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  2. My family is Irish as well, and of course, I do the whole thing up! Well, I try to anyways. Cut outs with food, themed daily activites, whatevs. Anywho, I was looking at your chocolate cookie recipe, can I leave out the espresso? I cannot have any caffeine with my wee little heart. :)

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  3. Bummer... I wish I could see the process photos for the icing transfer sheets. They make such cute cookie dresses but I'm really confused how you did it!

    Oh well... I'll just have to buy some :)

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  4. My husband is from Ireland so we definitely celebrate St Patricks's Day, too. No green beer or bagels...just good Irish food that I usually cook up using a Darina Allen cookbook.

    For dessert this year I am making Guinness cupcakes and a ganache topped Bailey's cheesecake. But, now I definitely think I have to add your adorable shamrock cookies to the menu.

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  5. B, u just have critical cookie eyes! These are gorgeous. I love that you went with pink and green. It's not the typical combo! I love it because its new, fresh, and fun! Gorgeous! ♥

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  7. These are adorable and make me wish *I* was Irish, too! I just posted a cake recipe on my blog I bet you will love. Not as pretty as all your fabulous creations, but equally drool-worthy! Blessings!

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  8. I am in love with those dress cookies! You really make the most amazing looking cookies.

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  9. These look great! Love the dresses!

    I used to have a pin that I wore on St. Patrick's Day that read, "I'm not Irish...but kiss me anyway!" LoL

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  10. Oh, I love these!! Too pretty! and love the shamrock on the dress. We deocrate with lots of rainbows and shamrocks to lure leprechauns in hopes he lives us gold or chocolate gold :0) The girls are already pumped saying they caught a glimpse of a leprechaun!! Then of course we have all the green food, rainbow cupcakes, etc. etc.

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  11. Those little dresses are the most darling thing I have ever seen. What a clever idea!!!!!!!!! Down right adorable!

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  12. So sweet. I love the little dresses and it think they really pop as the chocolate cookie for their base, same with the green shamrocks. Very creative idea with the scrapbook paper print!

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  13. Adorable cookies! I am not Irish. I am German-Czech, but I go Irish on St. Paddy's Day! One year I made a "green" dinner thanks to food coloring. My boys and one of their friends that ate with us still talk about it!
    Blessings,
    Lorilee

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  14. Greetings from the Emerald Isle!!

    Love those dresses - if only we could get them over here!!!

    Early Happy St Patrick's Day

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  15. How gorgeous! It's very nice to read about your traditions surrounding St Pat's Day. So different to what I know. These dresses/girly Irish cookies are so sweet.

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  16. Oh how charming! Fresh and so pretty! I should have known you were Irish with the lovely red hair Bridget! Happy St. Patty's Day to you! xo

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  17. At first I thought the pin was a frosted cookie and my jaw hit the floor.

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  18. Bridget, these are so amazing! I sat there for a moment, not scrolling down, just ooooh'ing and aaaaah'ing over how in the world you managed to get all those flowers in "flat dot" icing quickly enough before the icing became too thick...

    And then I scrolled down. I still think they are beautiful, but I'm glad to see you used icing sheets instead. I was thinking there is NO WAY I could ever attempt the alternative!

    Beautiful, beautiful cookies. And with your curly red hair, I'm not surprised one bit that you're Irish & proud of it! ;-)

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  19. I LOVE those dresses!!! How stinking cute!! Never would have thought of that. You rock it as always girl!!

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  20. How could you be Irish AND a dork. Sorry, from one Irish girl to another: that is totally impossible. You should say "extra awesome" instead.
    Your cookies look amazing as usual!

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  21. I love the print on the dresses~so pretty! Of course you are Irish, with that beautiful red hair of yours, Bridget:)

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  22. Adorable as always! I actually love the contrast with the chocolate brown, but I could see how it would show through the sheets.

    I always had fun on St. Pat's Day, and I'm not one little bit Irish. ;)

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  23. I'm not Irish, but every year I make a leprechaun trap.(stop judging, I'm 10) Maybe I should make cookies that say "Kiss me, I'm NOT Irish." Whaddya think?

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  24. Bridget, am I reading this correctly? You printed a digital scrapbook print onto the edible sheet, right?
    No flooding the cookie, just a little royal to adhere the sheet?

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  25. I'm part Irish and have been called on to make something to support a local event. These are beyond adorable but I'm not going there; my mantra will be more, 'Let them eat cake.'

    I love the printed pieces; recall when you were so excited about getting your printer. Results are fabulous.

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  26. OMGoodness!
    I am so relieved that you didn't DECORATE those dressy~flower cookies BY HAND!
    I was about to PASS~OUT if I read that you free~handed those flowers!
    I sure wish I had a dress that cute!
    I am LOVING that you are ISRISH!
    That's where you get your fiesty~adorable personality!
    I KNOW Mark loves being married to a firey IRISH girl!
    I'm so glad you posted the chocolate cookie recipe!
    These cookies make me SMILE!
    You always make me SMIILE!
    Happy St. Patrick's Day!
    xo

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  27. Love the pink and green combo! I am not Irish even a little bit and I was always jealous growing up that I wasn't..isn't that funny? But I figured out as I got older that everyone's Irish on St. Patty's Day!

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  28. HA!!! Those buttons! Love those dresses!

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  29. Gorgeous! Love the Irik cookies and especially the beautiful Irish dress!

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  30. I love the dresses, B!! So darn cute. As are YOU!!

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  31. so pretty cookies and the decoration is adorable.
    Regards
    olga.

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  32. I love that your mom surprised you with a green bikini! That is hilarious!

    What fun!

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  33. St.Patricks' Day is my son's Birthday he will be 25 this year. So lots of Irish shenanigans going on in my house on the 17th.:)

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  34. I love St. Patrick's Day and have since I was little. My family has never really celebrated it, but I always make sure to wear something green and bake green cupcakes. Just a little something for this special day.

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  35. Oh my. These dresses are just gorgeous, Bridget. I love the idea of using edible images for cookies...this is a perfect example of something unique you could do. Thanks for more inspiration!

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  36. Love, love, love these cookies....I want that dress in my size...ha!!!!

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  37. SOO Freaking ca-ute!
    I really like the chocolate with the green. Supa cute!

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  38. Your cookies are ah-dorable! celebrate St. Patrick's day, although I'm not Irish!

    Happy St. Patrick's Day to you and your family!

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  39. i'm thinking you have some pretty. cool. parents. a green bikini?? yep totally cool parents!! and i nearly choked on the thought of you wearing that pin through college - you're tough B . . . and brazen . . .

    LOVE THOSE DRESSES!!! oh my heck are those just the cutest things evah!!!

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  40. hello, i wanted to let you know that i just made the chocolate cut out cookies. they are HEAVEN. thank you so much for the recipe. i baked flower shapes and just popped them in the freezer til i decorate them on sat. for my daughter's and my dad's joint birthday. thank you! sharon

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  41. We have a huge Irish feast with family and friends every march to celebrate my dad (who was Irish and passed away when i was a teenager) One of my favorite traditions! I have my recipes on my blog http://www.mystainedapron.com/p/favorite-irish-dishes.html

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  42. Love it!! I linked to your cookies in my blog post today! Hope you will stop by and check it out!

    http://tizzilish-kara.blogspot.com/2011/03/this-lads-picked-pot-o-gold.html

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  43. These cookies are so adorable!

    I'm not Irish, so St. Patrick's Day was never really a big deal in my family. My mom would often make us some homemade green shamrock shakes, though.

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  44. I usually drink beer and wear green! Aunt Gayle was so awesome at making everything special ;)

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  45. Those dresses are just ADORABLE!!
    and I love them on the chocolate cookies!!

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  46. I'm so impressed! Beautiful cookies.

    I'm hosting a weekly link up, Sweet Tooth Friday, and I'd love to have you share your recipe. http://alli-n-son.com/2011/03/10/vanilla-donuts/

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  47. Hi Bridget! I am SO lovign your blog and all of your helpful tips! After reading a few other blogs, I've decided that I'd love to embark on a cookie decorating adventure!

    I was watching your sugar cookie recipe and then I watched TidyMom's video on how to roll and cut out, but since I've never done this before, I have a couple of questions...

    1. How long to you refrigerate before you cut out your cookies?
    2. How long do you bake at 350?

    Thanks for inspiring me! You are fabulous!!!

    Nicole

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  48. I love St. Patty's Day. I'm half Irish, but have a name that is 200% Irish.

    My hubby and I, as the most Irish people in our group of friends, feel it our duty to host a party each year now, which now includes the tradition of Irish Car Bomb cupcakes. Oh yes.

    Try them out sometime.
    http://smittenkitchen.com/2009/01/car-bomb-cupcakes/

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