The Leprechaun Cometh!

6:47am this morning: The bedroom doors fly open and a very excited little lad and lassy hop onto the bed.

The Little Lad: "Mommy, Mommy, Mommy. Lucky the Leprechaun was here. And he peed in our toilet."

The Little Lassy: "Yeah, that naughty leppecon was berry messy. He nibbled the cookies. There's Lucky Chawms all over the I ate some."

The Little Lad: "He left a note. I could read it, Mommy. And he left us 6 golds from the end of the rainbow. I thought since I'm 7 maybe he would leave 7 golds, but he really only left 6 Mommy."

Tired Mommy: "I thought maybe I heard some noise in the kitchen last night." (yes, it was me pretending to be the leprechaun) "Let's go see what Lucky did."

St. Patty's Day has arrived in the (Mc)Young household. To get in the spirit of the day, we've made some Last Minute Leprechaun sugar cookies - so easy and so beautifully decorated by the Little Lad and Lassy themselves. I always love cooking and baking to music, so I'm passing along my St. Patrick's Day playlist as well. Go ahead. Give in to that urge to Riverdance in your living room today.

St. Patty's Day Playlist

Parental Warning: Not all lyrics are kid-friendly, but the Irish brogue is so thick on some of them that I can't really tell what they are saying.

The Corrs - Toss the Feathers
U2 - Love Comes Tumbling
The Clancy Brothers - Mountain Dew
Metallica - Whiskey in the Jar
Dropkick Murphys - Shipping Up to Boston
The Pogues - The Rocky Road to Dublin
The Chieftains - The Foggy Dew
Flogging Molly - The Irish Pub Song
Van Morrison - Good Night Irene
Titanic soundtrack - An Irish Party in Third Class (John Ryan's Polka)
Lick the Tins - Can't Help Falling in Love
The Proclaimers - 500 Miles
Sinead O'Connor - Oro Se Do Bheatha 'Bhaile
James Horner - Braveheart


Last Minute Leprechaun Cookies (gluten free, dairy free)

This is my basic gluten free and dairy free sugar cookie recipe that I use all the time. Simply add different food colorings and flavorings to accommodate whatever season or holiday you are celebrating.

2 cups gluten free flour (1 cup brown rice flour, 3/4 cup sorghum, 1/4 cup tapioca flour)
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp xanthan gum
1 tsp cream of tartar
1/8 tsp salt
1 cup Earth Balance vegan shortening - cut into small chunks
1 egg
1 tbsp almond milk

Irish Icing (gluten free, dairy free)

2 cups powdered sugar
2-3 tbsp vanilla flavored almond milk (more or less depending upon desired thickness)
food coloring (green, yellow, white)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Add shortening chunks and combine until dough is crumbly. Add egg, milk, and mix until dough forms. Cover and chill for 1 hour. Form dough into cookie-sized balls, then press with the palm of your hand to flatten slightly. Place onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges of cookie are golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.




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  • Love these adorable ideas!!

    Please support my petition for the Girl Scouts to sell a gluten free and allergen free cookie.

  • In reply to StacyIM:

    Thanks! All these holidays are fun with the kiddos. I did sign your petition and let's hope the Girl Scouts come out with an allergen free cookie offering for next year's sale :)

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