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plaid cookies for St. Patrick’s Day

Is there even such a thing as “Irish plaid”? Irish tartan patterns? For the sake of this post, let’s say yes. If I had my act together, I’d have gotten a Shamrock cookie cutter. Or looked through my hundreds of cookie cutters to find the Shamrock I probably already own. But alas, this pattern can be made on any shape cookie.

how to make plaid cookies

you will need:*

cookie cutter, any shape
5 decorating bags
4 couplers
4 decorating tips (sizess 2, 3, and 4)
rubber bands
food coloring (greens, yellow and white)

*I used a 2-inch circle cutter. For coloring, I used Americolor gel pastes, Electric Green, Leaf Green, Egg Yellow and Bright White. Find decorating bags, couplers, tips and cutters at the craft store. For tips on finding supplies, click HERE.

step one: bake your cookies
Roll out chilled dough, cut out and bake cookies according to the recipe. Let cool completely.

step two: make your icing
Make icing according to the recipe, divide and tint your colors. You’ll need: lime green (the most of this, as it’s your background color), bright green, yellow and white. Assemble decorating bags with couplers and tips and fill with the icing. Use a 3 tip for the bright green, 2 tips for yellow and white, and a 4 tip for the lime green. Reserve half of the lime green icing in a bowl, covered. Close bags tightly with rubber bands.

step three: flood the background
Pipe an outline with the lime green. Let set about 15 minutes. Thin reserved lime green icing with water until the consistency of thick glue. Fill an empty decorating bag with the thinned icing, snip 1/4 inch from the tip, and loosely pipe to fill the cookies, letting the the icing flood the entire cookie. Encourage with a toothpick if needed. Let set well, several hours at least or overnight.

step four: pipe the plaid
Pipe lines with the bright green 3 tip (a grid pattern). Then pipe thinner lines next to the green lines with the yellow and white 2 tips. Let dry.

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  1. Rosaleda (Maria Begoña)
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    A wonderful cookies.
    I'll stick with your idea, I feel great

    Greetings from Jerez, Spain

  2. SweetSugarBelle
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    These are gorgeous…I love plaid, but I always whimp out! Pretty Colors and I actually like the round :-)

  3. Jenn @ BentoForKidlet
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    Yes, there are Irish tartans :) so you're not off there! The cookies are adorable!!

  4. Sue
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    I love them just the way they are! The colors, the plaid, the cookie stack~love it all!

  5. mr. pineapple man
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    so beautiful!

  6. Meg
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    Cute- I love the plaid and the bright colors. They don't need to be shamrock shaped at all! I like it better that they aren't actually.

  7. lilaloa
    Posted March 2, 2011 at 12:09 am | Permalink

    What a fun design! And they look SOO tasty!

  8. Rosy
    Posted March 2, 2011 at 1:23 am | Permalink

    I like it! It's like a preppy St. Patties Day cookie.

  9. Rachel
    Posted March 2, 2011 at 1:54 am | Permalink

    Cute, cute, cute!

  10. Lora
    Posted March 2, 2011 at 2:27 am | Permalink

    Love these. The plaid is so sweet, cheerful and springlike!

  11. Jenn (Cookies Cupcakes Cardio)
    Posted March 2, 2011 at 3:59 am | Permalink

    So cute! Thanks for the inspiration for the upcoming "holiday".

  12. Carmeta
    Posted March 2, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    a wonderful cookies, so cute, I love plaid, kisses from Spain¡

  13. Bea
    Posted March 2, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    So cute!

  14. jess
    Posted March 3, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    I love plaid, what an awesome idea for St. Patricks…so different than the usual shamrocks. Love it!!

  15. Lot-O-Choc
    Posted March 3, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    Aw wow these are perfect for st patricks day! Look delicious!

  16. Linda V @ Bubble and Sweet
    Posted March 3, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    Irish Plain – loving it

  17. Amanda
    Posted March 5, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    Ack! These are way too adorable! You did it again :)

  18. Nicole (Life's a Batch)
    Posted March 6, 2011 at 2:29 am | Permalink

    These are so cute, and I love how simply FUN they are! Thank you, Meaghan, for sharing. :-)

  19. franca
    Posted March 7, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    questi biscotti sono bellissimi,ma sei bravissima con i decori, ogni volta che vengo nel tuo blog rimango sempre a bocca aperta,complimenti
    ciao e buona settimana

    these cookies are beautiful, but you're very good with the decor, every time I come to your blog I am always open-mouthed, congratulations
    hello and good week

  20. Katrina
    Posted March 7, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    I love these! And that last photo is gorgeous! ♥- Katrina

  21. The Little Baker
    Posted March 10, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    these were so cute that i had to make them! i used a scalloped edge square cookie cutter. i misplaced my shamrock cookie cutter and of course found it after decorating the plaid squares. as it turns out, i like your idea much better anyway – versatile throughout springtime.

  22. Cathy
    Posted March 15, 2011 at 3:45 am | Permalink

    Wow! Those look great!

  23. Tia
    Posted March 15, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    super cute idea!

  24. bridget {bake at 350}
    Posted March 21, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    these are darling! And yes, I think there is Irish plaid….and if not, there SHOULD be! :)

  25. Posted March 10, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for posting this! It is just what I needed for a project I am going to do today. I love that there are so many of you helping out by sharing your ideas. I know that looking at some of others ideas just spurs my own. So truly, thanks so much! Adorable cookies too <3

  26. meaghanmountford
    Posted March 10, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Kelly! You just hit the nail on the head of how blogging is supposed to work, in my eye. :)

  27. Posted July 10, 2013 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    Definitely making these next year! Love them! : )

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