St. Patty's Day Sugar Bites

Way back when (we didn't have kids) it wasn't unheard of to find Scott and me at our favorite establishments partaking in green beer goodness on St. Patrick's Day. These days, however, our celebrations have changed slightly (and we no longer nurse a two-day hangover). This year, instead of throwing back our favorite brews we're inhaling these little morsels of delight, because, kid friendly.
These cookie bites are a cinch to whip up, fun to have kiddos help bake and decorate, and taste mighty delicious. They're the perfect combo of almond and chocolate and sugar cookie all rolled into one.

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St. Patty's Day Sugar Bites
Mini sugar cookies topped with a delicious butter cream frosting and festive St. Patty's Day candies.
  • 3/4 cup, softened Butter
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 tsp Almond Extract
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/3 cup Butter
  • 2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp Almond Extract
  • Dash Salt
  • 2 Tbsp 1/2 and 1/2
  • 3 per cookie Green M&Ms (I used the minis)
  • Small green candies, or green pull and peel licorice
Cookies: Preheat oven to 375°. In a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, vanilla, and almond extract. Beat well. Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt. Roll into balls and place in well greased mini muffing pans. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until edges just begin to turn golden brown. Allow to cool a bit in pan before removing. Transfer to cooling racks and allow to completely cool before frosting.FROSTING: Beat butter, powdered sugar, almond extract, vanilla, and 1/2 and 1/2 until smooth. Add more 1/2 and 1/2 as needed to create a spreadable consistency. Top with candies to create shamrocks.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: Approx 3-4 dozen
But, don't think for one second we won't pop open a beer (or two) once the kiddos are snuggled in bed. I might even get ambitious and add a few drops of green food coloring for good St. Patty's Day measure.


  1. Yum! Those look and sound amazing! Different from partaking in green beer, but still good. Ha ha!

  2. Those are so cute! They look yummy!

  3. YUM!! These sound amazing! Adding them to our St. Pat's Day sugar line-up!

  4. These are so stinkin cute! I may have to make them over spring break with the boys!

  5. So cute and so simple, my favorite! Great job on these!

  6. Those look good! I may have to try these with the girls. They love helping in the kitchen.

  7. These are adorable! And your pictures are so pretty!

  8. this makes me wish i could bake. because these? these look DELICIOUS!

  9. I freaking love almond extract!!! Pinning these!

  10. These are so cute and sound so good! And seriously, if it actually makes 3-4 DOZEN at once... I may have to eat 3-4 in one sitting!

  11. These look delicious and they are adorable, too.