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It seems that we all loves celebrating St. Patrick’s Day whether we are Irish or not. One side of my husband’s family is all Irish. My mother-in-law always has an adorable leprechaun hunt for my kids. My kids enjoy the hunt, and they enjoy making leprechaun traps to try to catch one of those naughty leprechauns. They have not been successful yet, but we still have this year! The leprechauns always do something naughty in our house like dyeing our milk green, stealing the coins in the leprechaun traps, or rearranging the furniture. But they always leave something small behind for the kids. This year, maybe they will leave these delicious cinnamon sugar shamrocks! They are super quick and easy to make and only require a few ingredients. This is a great recipe to get the kids involved in helping in the kitchen.
I was inspired to make these after reading the March issue of Food Network Magazine. They had something similar, but they used pesto instead of cinnamon and sugar and served them as appetizers. Although I think the pesto version would be tasty, nothing beats puff pastry, cinnamon and sugar! These would be delicious served with ice cream, or added to a breakfast or brunch buffet. One of my neighbors hosts an Irish breakfast/brunch every year and I will bringing these tasty treats! They are sure to put a smile on everyone’s face!
Cinnamon Sugar Shamrocks
1 box of puff pastry sheets, thawed
cinnamon sugar mix (To make your own, combine 1/2 Cup sugar with 2 Tablespoons of cinnamon)
Green sanding sugar
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper?
- Beat egg in small bowl and set aside.
- Roll one sheet of puff pastry into a 12 x 14 rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Cut a 1/2 inch strip from the long end of the dough for the stems using a pizza cutter.
- Sprinkle cinnamon sugar onto rectangle, using enough to cover entire surface of dough.
- Roll both long sides of the dough toward the middle until they meet.
6. Cut the log into 1/2 inch slices and pinch the bottom of each slice to form a heart shape.
7. Arrange three hearts together on the baking sheet to create a shamrock shape. Use the beaten egg to “glue” the sides together.
8. Cut the reserved strip of dough into stems. Lightly press the stem onto the shamrock and brush the stems with beaten egg.
9. Sprinkle with green sanding sugar if desired.
10. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on rack.
*Refrigerate the shamrocks for ten minutes before you bake them if it takes you a while to assemble them
*It is best to thaw puff pastry overnight in the refrigerator
Bake and Share Ideas:
- Bake the shamrocks as a special treat for your family on St. Patrick’s Day
- Bring the shamrocks to your St. Patrick’s day gathering
- Share some shamrocks with your co-workers, neighbors or child’s teachers, coaches, or instructors
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