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St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Biscuits

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Do your boys like bread? Mine sure do; fresh, baked bread equals party time at our house. For St. Patrick’s Day, I decorate my favorite biscuit recipe with small sprigs of parsley. After they bake, they look just like shamrocks.

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If you don’t have time/inclination to make this recipe from scratch, you could substitute frozen or canned biscuits and have the same visual result but these biscuits are really good and they’re easy to make.

St. Patrick's Day Food Ideas

St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Buttermilk Biscuits

  • 2 C flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1/3 C shortening
  • 3/4 C buttermilk (add a couple of tablespoons of vinegar or lemon juice to not quite ¾ C regular milk if you don’t have buttermilk; it’s supposed to curdle so don’t let the lumps scare you)
  • about 4 Tablespoons softened butter
  • a few sprigs of washed and dried (on a paper towel) parsley

To Bake St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Buttermilk Biscuits

  1. Measure the dry ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Use a fork to cut the shortening into the flour. It will look like coarse crumbs.
  3. Add the milk all at once and stir quickly.
  4. Put a small amount of flour on the counter and dump the biscuit dough on it. Knead the dough about a dozen times.
  5. Either roll or pat (my method) dough down until it’s about ½” thick.
  6. Use about a 2 ½” cutter to make the biscuit rounds.
  7. Put them on an ungreased baking sheet.
  8. Put just enough soft butter on the top to cover each one. Choose a few sprigs of parsley and put one in the center of each biscuit.
  9. Bake at 450* for about 12 minutes.

We like the biscuits fresh from the oven, while they’re still warm.These biscuits are wonderful with stew; Irish stew would be just the thing to go with them!

While your St. Patrick’s Day biscuits are in the oven, check out these ideas:

What will you bake to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

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Layne Quintanilla

Layne is a boy mom in love. Surrounded by three adventurous little men and her ever patient husband, she's in pursuit of an empty laundry basket, the perfect cup of coffee, and sleep. She blogs, parents, and manages social media while wearing her tiara. You can join her party at My Best Laid Plans and Coupons with Q.