I've never actually had one, even prior to being vegan, but I remember my friends raved about them in college. In fact, I remember making several trips to McDonalds so all my friends could get gorge on those milkshakes, all March long. Me, however, I was more of a Taco Bell and Mountain Dew kind of girl. (And we wonder how I became the chubby vegan mom, right?)
I hear it's mint flavored, which always confused me because I don't really know what mint and shamrocks have in common, other than they're both green.
Regardless, I wanted to make sugar cookies the other day, but not just any sugar cookies, I wanted to fancy them up a bit. So I decided to toss some mint extract, natural green food "dye" and chocolate chips into the mix and what I was left with was an absolutely delightful and refreshing sweet treat.
Rightfully named the shake your shamrocks sugar cookies - not because I stand behind McDonalds - but because I've never been one to resist a good alliteration.
Shake your Shamrocks Sugar Cookies
2 1/4 cups white flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cinnamon applesauce
1 stick vegan butter
1 cup vegan chocolate chips
1/4 cup water
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp mint extract (you can add more if you like a mintier cookie, I recommend starting with one tsp and working your way up)
1 tsp salt
3-5 drops vegan green food coloring, your preference.
Directions:Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium to large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir in softened butter, water, applesauce, mint extract and food coloring. Last, but definitely not least, stir in the vegan chocolate chips. I advise one cup, but you can add more or less according to your taste.
On a greased cookie sheet, use a spoon to drop medium, one-inch sized cookie dough balls. Bake for 8-12 minutes (depending on your oven). The cookies are done when the edges just barely start to brown. You want them to have the perfect combination of chewy and squishy in the center, like all good sugar cookies do!
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