Prep Time: 25 minutes + chilling
Bake Time: 10 minutes
Makes 3 dozen
- 1 cup shortening
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Green paste food coloring
- Green colored sugar, optional
Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, cream the shortening and confectioners’ sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extract. Gradually add flour and salt. Tint with food coloring. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a lightly floured 2-in. shamrock cookie cutter. Place cutouts 1 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. If desired, sprinkle with colored sugar.
Bake until edges are lightly browned, 10-12 minutes. Cool for 1 minute before removing to wire racks.
1 cookie: 96 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 68mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.