I wanted to created some cookies to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. We combined a few recipes to get this final result. This recipe allows for different extract flavors to achieve the flavor you want. Also you can use a different food coloring gel to match whatever you need. These cookies live up to their name. They are ooey and gooey. If you like a crisp, crunchy cookie, keep on moving. Add a little fun to your St. Patrick’s Day celebration!
Ooey Gooey Butter Leprechaun Cookies
2¼ cups all-purpose flour
2 t baking powder
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
½ cup unsalted butter, softened
1½ cups granulated sugar
2 t vanilla extract (I used Mexican vanilla)
1 t almond extract (you can use mint extract if you want to give that edge. A good friend of mine said she might use Key Lime extract)
Green food coloring, gel based (this is where you can change colors for other celebrations)
1 t kosher salt
1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
1 cup powdered sugar for rolling & dusting cookies
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and baking powder until well blended. Set aside.
Using an electric mixer cream together cream cheese and butter until creamy and smooth. Beat in granulated sugar, extracts, salt, and desired amount of green food coloring. Mix until well combined. Be sure to scrape sides of the bowl to make sure all gets mixed in. Add egg and egg yolk and beat until creamy and light.
On low-speed, gradually add flour mixture and mix until just fully incorporated. Dough will be very sticky. Cover bowl and refrigerate at least 5 hours or overnight.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside. Place powdered sugar in a pie plate; set aside.
Use cookie dough scoop to measure dough. Then roll dough in hands to create 1-inch balls. (your hand will turn a little green if you used a lot of green food coloring you can live with it or use disposable rubber gloves)
Then roll in confectioners’ sugar to lightly coat. Place dough balls on prepared baking sheets at least 2 inches apart.
Bake cookies for 12-14 minutes. Cookies should look puffy and crackly. The cookies will still be soft in the centers. If they start to brown around the edges, they have baked too long. The underside of the cookies should be only very lightly browned.
Remove from oven and allow cookies to cool on baking sheet. Then move cookies to a wire rack.
Keep cookies in airtight container. Then can stored at room temperature or in your refrigerator.