Its’ fun to be GREEN! This St. Patrick’s Day let the kids wear their green inside and out. Our St. Paddy’s Day recipes for kids are fun, fast , festive and perfect for parties or family celebrations.
Makes 6-8 pieces of shortbread
1/2 cup butter, (not margarine) room temperature
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup all purpose flour
Green decorating sugar or green sprinkles
Let’s Start Baking!
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
1. Cream butter and powdered sugar in mixing bowl. Add vanilla and stir to blend.
2. Stir in the flour, about 1/4 cup at a time, and work into the butter blend until it forms a dough ball. Knead the dough for a minute or two in the bowl until it looks smooth.
3. Put dough ball in the center of prepared sheet pan. Starting in the center, press down dough ball to form a flatter, larger round circle. With a table knife,*score dough into 6-8 pie shaped pieces, then *dock each piece 3-4 times with the tines of a fork. Optional: Cut out shamrock shapes with cookie cutter and dock each shamrock shape before baking. Shamrock shapes should be placed about 1/2 inch apart on sheet pan. Decorate with optional sugars or sprinkles before baking.
4. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool 10 minutes before breaking apart scored pieces into shortbread triangles or removing shamrock shapes from sheet pan.
Kids Cooking Shop Kid-friendly Tips
1. “Score” dozen’t mean the numbers on a scoreboard at a sports event in cooking school! Here’s what it does mean: To make shallow cuts in the top surface of a food. In this recipe the shortbread dough is scored to create a clean line when shortbread is broken apart after it has been baked and cooled.
2. Dock or prick means: To make small holes in the surface of a food. These small holes allow hot air to escape which keeps the dough from blistering or puffing- up while baking.
1 liter sugar free lime flavored sparkling water, chilled
1 liter sugar free cherry flavored sparkling water, chilled
1- 4 ounce bottle green cherries, drained
Let’s Start Stirring!
1. One 6-8 ounce serving: Pour juice from one lime into glass. Then pour in equal amounts of chilled lime and cherry flavored sparkling waters. Add ice and garnish with a green cherry and a slice of lime.
2. Punch bowl: Put 2 liters of flavored chilled sparkling waters into punch bowl. Add juice from 8-10 limes, ice cubes, 10-12 cherries, and 4-6 lime slices. Stir to blend and serve.
Leaping Leprechauns …This is luscious limeade!
ST. PATRICK’S O’ SALSA
Makes about: 11/2 cups
1 ripe avocado, peeled, seeded, and chopped and drizzled with 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice (to keep from browning)
1/4 cup plain yogurt
6 Tablespoons prepared pesto
1/8 teaspoon cayenne or 2-3 dashes of Tabasco sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
1 Tablespoon fresh chopped cilantro or parsley or
1 teaspoon fresh chopped basil
Let’s Start Mixing!
1. Combine chopped avocado, yogurt, pesto, cayenne or Tabasco, and salt and pepper in mixing bowl. Cover and put in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours before serving. Serve with lots of “greens” such as broccoli, sugar snap peas, celery, green tortilla chips, green bell peppers and green onions.