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The Crafty Mom: Luck O' the Irish Treats!

By Mary Lyon

This is a fun treat to make for St. Patrick's Day parties at home or school, or to serve when friends drop by. Irish eyes will certainly be smiling - and so will Irish tummies!

This is such an easy project that a sleepy little leprechaun could do it in just a few minutes. But he'd want to make sure he's awake to enjoy the results!

It's fun for all ages, and it's a clever way to make use of some of those leftover Valentine's heart candies you probably still have around the house. Otherwise, green jelly beans or M&M's will do just fine.

What You Need

  • box of vanilla wafers or other plain, flat cookies
  • container of ready-made frosting - vanilla or butter cream
  • handful of green M&M's, jelly beans or leftover Valentine's candy hearts
  • small tube of green cake decorating frosting
  • blunt knife for spreading
  • package of small, round paper doilies or pretty napkins
  • a sweet tooth!

What You Do

1. Set out the desired number of cookies. With the knife, spread frosting on each, to cover.The Crafty Mom, Mary Lyon, is the author and illustrator of The Frazzled Working Woman's Practical Guide to Motherhood and former host of DIY Crafts TV show.

2. Arrange the green candies in three's, in the middle of each frosted cookie. Cluster the candies so there are two side-by-side and one just above them, making a tight triangle. If you're using leftover Valentine's hearts, turn them over so the little saying on them is facing down. Those are your shamrock leaves!

3. Now, make the shamrock stem: Carefully squeeze a small line of the green cake-decorating frosting running from the center of the cluster of candies, downward, about a half-inch.

4. Set the finished cookies on the doilies and serve.

In addition to being "The Crafty Mom," L.A. resident Mary Lyon is the author and illustrator of The Frazzled Working Woman's Practical Guide to Motherhood and former host of DIY Crafts TV show. For previous Crafty Mom projects, check out the Crafty Mom Archives.

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