Fresh Mint Chocolate Shamrock Cookies

The shamrock, or three-leaf clover, has been a symbol of Ireland for many centuries. That makes these minty, golden cookies the perfect treat for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Or bake a fresh batch to welcome the return of spring. We highly recommend the finishing dip for a classic combination of mint and chocolate.

Prep Time
20 minutes
1 hour 10 minutes chilling time
Cook Time
8 to 10 minutes
Shamrock-shaped mint cookies dipped in chocolate and decorated with gold sprinkles on a green tray and a wire cooling rack

Redpath® Golden Yellow Sugar & Redpath® Special Fine Granulated Sugar 2kg

Redpath® Golden Yellow Sugar

Redpath® Golden Yellow Sugar

Light-coloured and just right for baking, the subtle notes of caramel and moist texture make it ideal for allowing delicate flavours to shine through in your creations.

Redpath® Golden Yellow Sugar

Redpath® Special Fine Granulated Sugar 2kg

Redpath® Special Fine Granulated Sugar 2kg

An economically-sized bag of our versatile granulated sugar, it’s ideal for sweetening coffee and tea, baking, preserving, canning, and cooking.

Redpath® Special Fine Granulated Sugar 2kg

Scale OR dry measuring cups

Measuring spoons

Chef’s knife OR paring knife

Small heavy-bottomed saucepan

Heatproof spatula x 2

Medium bowl x 2

Fine-mesh sieve

Baking sheet x 2

Parchment paper

Small food processor fitted with metal blade OR spice grinder

Stand mixer with paddle attachment OR large bowl with hand mixer


Rolling pin

Shamrock/clover cookie cutter

Wire cooling rack

Small heatproof bowl (preferably stainless steel)

Piping bag (optional)

about 3 dozen cookies (depends on the size of cookie cutter used; a 2½- to 3-inch cutter was used in this recipe)
  • ¾ cup (21 g) mint leaves (no stems), fresh, washed and patted dry, divided
  • ¾ cup (170 g) butter, cubed, divided
  • ¼ cup (50 g) Redpath® Granulated Sugar
  • ⅔ cup (145 g) Redpath® Golden Yellow Sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1½ tsp (7 ml) pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp (2 ml) pure mint/peppermint extract (optional)
  • ½ tsp (3 g) salt
  • 2½ cups (312 g) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp (2 g) baking powder
For the chocolate dip:
  • 1 cup (170 g) semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped into small pieces
  • 1½ tsp (7 g) butter or canola oil
Garnishes (optional):
  • Gold or green dragees or nonpareils
  • “Coloured Sugar Crystals (Edible Glitter)”

Step 1

Take ½ cup (14 grams) of the fresh mint leaves and, using a sharp knife, finely slice the mint leaves and transfer into a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan. Add in ½ cup (113 grams) of the cubed butter and place over medium heat. Stir with a heatproof spatula to help melt the butter and ensure mint does not burn.

Step 2

Once butter is completely melted, reduce heat to medium-low. Gently heat the mint in the butter for about 2 minutes or until fragrant. Remove from heat, cover, and allow the mint to infuse into the melted butter; 30 minutes.

Step 3

Strain the mint-butter mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl, scraping and pressing down on the mint leaves with the spatula to remove as much as the flavoured butter and liquid from the leaves as possible. Discard solids.

Step 4

Add the remaining cubed butter into the bowl. With the spatula, cream the cubed butter into the mint mixture until thoroughly combined. This helps the mint-butter to cool down and to reach the consistency of room temperature butter. Place into the fridge for 5 minutes to solidify the butter slightly if it is still liquidy. Stir at the halfway mark to ensure it doesn’t get too hard or cold (see Chef’s Tips).

Step 5

Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Step 6

In a small food processor (or spice grinder) fitted with a metal blade, combine the Redpath® Granulated Sugar with the remaining ¼ cup (7 grams) mint leaves that have been torn or roughly sliced into small pieces. Process until mint is finely chopped (see Chef’s Tips). 

Step 7

Place the solidified mint butter into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add in the Redpath® Golden Yellow Sugar and the sugar-mint mixture. Mix at medium speed for 1 to 2 minutes until completely blended; do not aerate.

Step 8

Add the egg, vanilla extract, mint extract (if using), and salt. Mix until fully incorporated into the butter mixture; about 1 minute.

Step 9

In a separate bowl, whisk together flour and baking powder. On low speed, add about half of the dry mixture to the bowl until just combined. Add the remaining flour. Mix until it just forms a dough; do not overmix. Transfer dough onto a flat work surface and form the dough into a flat disc. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 1 hour.

Step 10

When ready to use, allow the dough to come to room temperature; about 5 minutes.

Step 11

Place dough between 2 sheets of parchment. Roll dough to ¼- to ⅛-inch thickness.

Step 12

Using a shamrock (clover) shaped cookie cutter, cut out cookies. Scraps can be gathered and rerolled, and cut. Transfer cookies onto the prepared baking sheets. Place cookies into the fridge or freezer to chill before baking; 10 minutes in the freezer or 20 minutes in the fridge.

Step 13

Place cookies into the preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly golden in colour.

Step 14

Cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the chocolate dip:

Step 1

Place a small saucepan with about 2 inches of water onto medium-high heat. Bring water to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Combine the chopped chocolate and butter (or oil) into a small, heatproof bowl. Place the bowl over the just simmering or steaming water, ensuring the bottom of the bowl is not touching the surface of the water. Stir the chocolate mixture with a heatproof spatula until smooth; do not increase temperature as this may burn the chocolate. Remove from heat and carefully wipe the bottom of the bowl from any condensation.

Step 2

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Dip a completely cooled shamrock cookie into the melted chocolate, gently running the bottom of the cookie against the edge of the bowl to get rid of any excess chocolate. Place onto the prepared baking sheet. Repeat process with the remaining cookies. Alternatively, place a wire cooling rack over the prepared baking sheet, and place the completely cooled cookies onto the rack. Transfer the melted chocolate into a piping bag and snip a small portion off the tip (see Chef’s Tips) and drizzle the chocolate over the surface of the cookies.

Step 3

If decorating with edible gold dragees, nonpareils, and/or coloured sugar crystals, sprinkle these onto the chocolate while it is still wet.

Step 4

Place cookies into the fridge to set the chocolate, about 5 to 10 minutes, before serving.

Shamrock-shaped mint cookies dipped in chocolate and decorated with gold sprinkles on a white plate served with a glass mug of hot chocolate with whipped cream.