Monday, March 13, 2017

Shamrock Spritz with My Grandsons

 Today's tea was made possible because of culinary help from two of my three grandsons.  I love having a shamrock plant for St. Patrick's Day.  The milk glass shamrock candle holder was my Mom's and she gifted two of them to me. We are going to be sipping some Emerald Spice tea to go with our cookies.


 I'll share my dream Ireland vacation journal with you, that my late Beloved and I took back in 2009.


 This gorgeous platter was this past Christmas gift from my youngest son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter.  The back of the plate has a personal inscription that they requested.  It is beautiful!

 This is my only Belleek teacup that I own.  I love the shell shape of the cup and around the saucer, and the harp handle.

 

 Look at these cute bakers, taking turns at the mixer!

 They were so good at taking turns at the cookie press and sprinkling the sugars.  It's very important to use COLD cookie sheets when using a cookie press.  Even sticking your cookie sheets in the freezer before using will help.

 After our baking, we went to lunch, and then to the National Videogame Museum.


 A dear blogging friend sent me this beautiful towel of Ireland.  It won't be used for drying dishes, because it's too pretty.  It will be used for a decoration on the handle of my oven.   Thank you ever so much, Barbara!  She also sent me some Emerald Spice tea and some shamrock sugar cubes (too cute!).




yield: 5 dozenprint recipe

Shamrock Spritz

Spritz are such fun cookies to make with kids. They love doing the press, sprinkling the sugars, and then as a reward, you have lots of cookies in no time.  I have been making this recipe for many, many years, and the cookies have a delicate flavor and texture with just a hint of cinnamon.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 and 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 ounces of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • food coloring, optional
  • colored sugars for decoration

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine flour, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl.
  3. Beat butter and cream cheese in mixer bowl at medium-high speed until smooth.
  4. Gradually beat in sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolk, vanilla, and food coloring (if using).
  5. With mixer at low speed, gradually add flour mixture until just blended.
  6. Insert disk into cookie press. Pipe dough about 1 and 1/2" apart onto COLD, ungreased cookie sheets. Decorate with colored sugars.
  7. Bake 10-12 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool. Repeat process, always using COLD cookie sheets.
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42 comments:

  1. Oh, how fun. Love the pretty china and isn't the tea towel sweet. I too, have tea towels that are not used other than to hang prettily on the handle of the oven. What wonderful memories you must cherish of the delightful trip to Ireland with your husband. Memories kept close to your heart. Xx

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  2. The cookies turned out great Kitty, I love to see boys cooking and baking! Happy St. Patrick's Week-enjoy:@)

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  3. Your helpers are both handsome and capable! Spritz cookies are hit or miss here so I am taking the recommendation to heart...cold cookie sheets. The recipe sounds different and more flavorful than most as well. Beautiful gifts from Ireland. Did you share your 2009 trip to Ireland on the blog? Must go diving in the archives. πŸ™ƒ

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    1. Alas! Have you ever visited Pat's Ireland trips at Mille Fiore Favoriti? So beautiful!

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  4. Your grandsons look like they love baking as much as your granddaughter! They made a beautiful plate of cookies. Seeing your pretty Irish things has reminded me I have a few Irish pieces I should share this week too. My mom's tiny, delicate Belleek dish and some pretty linens. Happy St Patrick's Day Kitty!
    Wendy

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  5. It must be so much fun baking with the grandkids. Your cookies looks so good and festive in green. Thanks Kitty for sharing this cookie recipe at C&C with J&J. Have a Happy St. Patrick's Day.
    Julie

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  6. Hi Kitty...what wonderful helpers! Bet they were thrilled with your jont efforts! I love your Belleek teacup and everyhting looks so festive for St. Patrick's. Thanks for the recipe, and for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
    Ruth

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  7. Your tea part with your grandsons looked wonderful!
    Such handsome boys working in the kitchen. :)
    Thank you for the tip on chilling the cookie sheet, makes sense.

    Enjoy your day, dear Kitty ♡

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  8. Sweet for St. Paddy's day.I just bought a tiny shamrock plant today. Your cookies look so cute and your helpers are even cuter. Have a nice St. Patricks Day!

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  9. Your helpers are wonderful! And I am sure they enjoyed every moment, too. Happy St. Paddy's Day. I already have my corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and carrots in the house. We are getting a blizzard tomorrow! I also have soda bread too. Well prepared. πŸ€

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  10. I've saved the recipe; it looks very flavorful! Thanks for sharing it and your time in the kitchen with the boys. Love all of your green and white dishes, especially that Irish teacup -- and the platter is simply beautiful.

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  11. What a charming tea time, Kitty! Nice to see your grandsons taking a turn in the kitchen. Now I'm off to Google this Emerald Spice tea...

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  12. Mmmmmm.....spritz cookies! One of my favorite, even though it has been years since I made any. And Shamrock green? Just makes 'em that much better! Kansas City is home to a lot of descendants of Irish immigrants, and our celebrations here - both religious and partying - are abundant and FUN!!!!!! We are the City of Fountains, and all the fountains' water is turned green for the day! Parades started this past weekend despite the cold and snow. Hearty folks!!!! πŸ€

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  13. Kitty, what sweet grandsons! Love their big smiles. Your St Patrick's Day decor is perfect. And the teacup shape reminds me of a shamrock. Thank you for the recipe too! xo

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  14. I love everything about this, Kitty. You're influencing what's to become two fine men right there. Top 'o the day to you all!
    Rita

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  15. Aw, your grandsons made my heart 'squeeze'...they look so happy, what a brilliant day they had with you!
    Love the vignette at the top ~ I have never seen a shamrock plant before...
    Happy St. Patrick's day!

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  16. Your platter is a beauty Kitty and I love your pretty Belleek teacup! What a pair of handsome bakers you have in your kitchen...their Shamrock Spritz turned out great :) ☘️

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  17. What a timely post for me, Kitty. My older grands are visiting on their spring break and shamrock cookies would be a perfect activity. I never noticed the shamrock shape with my cookie press before.
    Your grands did a great job. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  18. Love Spritz and your post reminded me of making them with my mom and later, my daughters for St. Pat's Day. My grands come this weekend and may be a good time to introduce them to these wonderful cookies, XOXO

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  19. I have to admit that I have never made spritz cookies...but I have eaten a few! What a beautiful shade of green too and makes them all the more fun to eat! You have a couple of handsome boys there helping you as well! One place on my bucket list is visiting Ireland...oh well...it's a nice dream to have. Enjoy your St. Paddy's Day, Kitty!

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  20. Kitty: Your Grandsons look so grown up! I am so happy to visit you and see all your beautiful things. Thank you so much for keeping in contact with me. You have no idea how much that meant to me. You are a blessing. Martha

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  21. Hi Kitty, Love the shamrock cookies. I have my mothers vintage gun and it is so much fun to use. Your grandsons are so cute and look like they are really enjoying the fun of baking. So good for boys to learn these skills too.
    Looks like so much fun at the museum. LOVE your gorgeous Belleek tea cup and the plate is stunning. How special to have a blessings journal too.
    Thanks for sharing your spritz recipe. Wishing you a wonderful week and many blessings too. 6 more days to spring. yeahhhhhh!!
    Love to you dear friend. xo

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  22. Forgot to say how much I love the tea towel too. It will be pretty on your stove! xo

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  23. Your boys did a great job on the spritz cookies. Everything looks festive and ready for St. Patrick's Day.

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  24. These sound so good! :) Pinned! :)

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  25. I've never had spritz cookies before, but they sound really yummy :)

    Ireland is somewhere I've always wanted to go. Maybe one day...

    xo,
    rue

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  26. Hi Kitty, what fun times with your grandkids you have! I am sure they are such a comfort to you! I know mine are to me! Thanks for the spritz recipe! I make them for Christmas, but a different recipe. I love all your St. Patrick items!so cute!
    Hugs,
    Nancy

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  27. Hi Kitty, love the shamrock cookies and I know they tasted better made with your grands. I bought a spritz kit at Aldi's to use with Xavier some day. Your grandsons have the nicest smiles, and I can tell they enjoy baking with you. The plate is lovely and the blessings journal also. Wery kind of you to take boys to the National Videogame Museum :-) xx

    P.S. I am home from work today. The first time in 30 years that we had to close the office due to dangerous road conditions. And 30" of snow so far.

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  28. What handsome young men there you have Kitty. The cookies look so yummy. I just love the St. Patty's day color to the cookies. How festive. Awe, what a sweet tea cup. You just need to drink a cup of GREEN tea. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  29. Kitty, those two kitchen helpers look like they enjoyed it as much as you. I have never seen the type cups you showed with the pretty shamrocks so I'm going to explore the net and see the whole set. They are really lovely! Happy St. Pat's day to you when it arrives.

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  30. It looks like your grandsons had fun... what a blessing to spend time like this making memories they will keep. Your table and settings look wonderful. :)

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  31. So now the boys are baking in the kitchen! Your grandchildren are lucky to have you Kitty, you're teaching them good skills that will come in handy as adults.
    I loved my trip to Ireland and would go back in a minute.
    xx

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  32. Oh I do love spritz cookies. I just have the worst time with every cookie press I have ever tried! LOL They look so yummy. How fun to have the boys in your kitchen. It inspires me to do the same with my little Otto.

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  33. Kitty, your grandsons are such good looking boys! I love to see a man in the kitchen. :) Teach them to love it while they are young. Your tea cup is precious. Ireland is a dream vacation on my bucket list!! Thank for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  34. I used to cook with my grandparents all of the time it made me so happy. You just reminded me I lost my cookie press in my house fire and I haven't replaced it.

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  35. How handsome the fellas are..and how they are growing.
    I remember when our grands were little and loved to help me cook and bake...such sweet memories.
    Bill and I thank you so so much for the pretty card...you are very sweet to think of us and do that. xoxo

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  36. Hello, Kitty, your grandson's are growing so fast and very handsome, indeed. The cookies do look fun to bake! I love your beautiful teacup and platter, and the pretty tea-towel, too. I have a cookie press that I have never used....time to get it out and try my hand at it! Thank you for your dear condolences on the loss of our pup. Sending you an Irish blessing! xx Karen

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  37. What a lovely post! I have a special place in my heart for St. Patricks Day as it is the birthday of my baby brother. I use to have a cookie press but I did not have the best of luck with it so gave it away. Perhaps I should try again. Your Grandsons are so cute and I know you enjoy these memory making moments.

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  38. Hello dear Kitty such a lovely post.. handsome young men you have there. Love your platter and your teacup. I don't own any And I have been telling myself forever I wanted a teapot and teacup set. But haven't gotten there yet. One day hopefully.. thank you for sharing the recipe. Happy Sunday blessings with love Janice

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  39. It looks like you had wonderful helping hands in the kitchen…it looks like a fun day.

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  40. I've always loved spritz cookies but never think to make them except at Christmas. I think it's great that you've got the grandsons involved in learning how to do things like this. Your tea cup is so unique with that shell shape it has- what a nice treasure!

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  41. Hi Kitty,
    I just love that you have your grandsons making cookies with you. You are so blessed with the visits of your grands. Hope you are having a fantastic week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

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