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Traditionally St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in Ireland as a holy day. It usually falls during Lent, so they lift the restrictions on eating and drinking for the feasting associated with it. And who wouldn’t want to celebrate that with some awesome Shamrock Cookies from Smiley Cookie!

Even if you don’t participate in a religious abstinence, you may be staying strong with your New Year’s resolution to eat fewer sweets. Good for you! Reward yourself with a day off, too. One cookie won’t subtract from your diet, and it will add a smile to your face. Or your co-workers! St. Patty’s is a great time to bring a basket of Smiley Shamrock cookies to the office to set a festive mood.

 

A Dozen Shamrock Cookies from Smiley Cookie

A Dozen Shamrock Cookies from Smiley Cookie are perfect for St. Patrick's Day

 

For those of you who will be at home on this emerald day, Smiley Shamrocks are a hit with kids of all ages. And they’re more fun with less mess than trying to make cookies in your own kitchen.

And if you forget to wear green, you can carry one around as a mascot. Though, you might need to take more than one with you since it would be too tempting not to eat!

So contact us today to order a basket of Shamrock Smileys. In the spirit of the holiday, we leave you with this old Irish blessing:

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I thought I’d write about the various cookies of Ireland.

The Oatmeal Cookie

Oatmeal cookies didn’t start out as the tasty, sugary desserts we know now. Back in the 1800′s, oats were plentiful in Ireland, England and Scotland. They were a staple food group for people and animals, used in a variety of dishes. Oat cakes were easy to make, preserve and dry. They were also inexpensive and filling. They were largely considered peasant food. Eventually, as more and more people could afford sweeteners, they began including honey, molasses and even sugar. The eventual result was today’s Oatmeal Cookie. Cookie gifts were often presented at the Celtic festival of Beltane to commemorate the beginning the summer season.

Shortbread Cookies

So, why’s it called “shortbread?” Well, it’s not because of height. The name “shortbread” actually refers to the ingredients. The term “shortening” is used to describe any fat that was used to create a nice, crumbly texture and rich, creamy taste. In this cookie’s case, butter is used.
Shortbread is extremely popular in Ireland and the British Isles. The dough holds its form while baking so shortbread can take on a number of shapes. Some of the most common shapes are shortbread “fingers” and shortbread rounds.

The Sugar Cookie

Often enjoyed at tea time, the sugar cookie is popular, not just in Ireland, but all over the world. Sugar cookies are simple to make and are the cookie equivalent of a blank slate. They can be cut into as many different shapes as you can think of and frosted in a myriad of ways.

Our Shamrock Smiley Cookies

Although they haven’t been served on St. Paddy’s day in Irish households through antiquity, we’re starting to see that our Shamrock Smiley Cookies are becoming a bit of a St. Paddy’s day tradition here in America. We would love hear about your St. Patrick’s day traditions and maybe even get a few pics of you chowing down on our Shamrock cookies!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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St. Patrick’s day is right around the corner! As always, we have a Smiley Cookie for that.

If you’re looking for ways to show your Irish pride or just love Smiley Cookies, here’s a St. Paddy’s day Smiley Cookie desktop wall paper for you to download.

Shamrock cookies are only one example of our holiday offerings. What’s your favorite holiday Smiley Cookie?

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