Chocolate Studded Shamrocks

Level: Easy
Prep Time: 25 min
Cook Time: 8 min
Cooling Time:
Yields: 48 cookies (4 dozen)


Tiny chocolate morsels are baked into these colorful shamrock-shaped cookies for a St. Patrick's Day treat.


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Morsels
  • 2 tablespoons green colored sugar


PREHEAT oven to 375° F.

COMBINE flour and baking powder in small bowl. Beat butter, sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in dry ingredients. Stir in morsels. Refrigerate for a few minutes until firm.

SHAPE dough into 3/4-inch balls; place three together to form shamrock shape on ungreased baking sheets. Roll small amount of dough to form stem. Sprinkle cookies with green sugar. Repeat with remaining dough.

BAKE for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies.


by K. Kelsey , Charlotte on Mar. 2012

I’m planning the St. Patrick’s Day party for my daughter’s class. I can’t wait to make these..they will be a hit with the kids! I found some cello candy bags from Box and Wrap that have shamrocks on the bags….so cute. It’s the extra special touches that make the party great. Thanks so much for the recipe.

Chocolate Studded Shamrocks

by C. Cindy , Avondale, AZ on Mar. 2010

I made these cookies for the first time this year for St. Patricks day and they were very delicious and easy to make. The cookies are light weight tea-like sugar cookie. They did not last long.

Not just for St. Patrick's Day

by H. Helen , Ludlow, MA on Oct. 2008

I've made these cookies for St. Patrick's Day every year for the past 5 years. People start asking for them in February. I've found if you make a large ball and 4 or 5 smaller balls you can make a "flower" and serve them anytime of year.

A Big Hit at a 4-H Meeting

by T. Teri , VICTOR, MT on Mar. 2008

I made these cookies without the colored sugar instead I used green food coloring and added some pure peppermint extract about a teaspoon. I took them to my daughter's 4-H meeting and I have never seen cookies eaten so fast. I had more than one of the kids tell me I should sell these cookies.


by J. Jan , BLYTHEVILLE, AR on Mar. 2008

I did NOT combine the Morsels into the dough! What I did was made the cookies bigger, and when I formed the balls for he pettals, I stuffed them full of the mini morsels--even the stem part....then "balled" them up so the chocolate couldn't be seen; then we formed the shamrock, baked them, made a green powdered sugar glaze, so when they were bitten into, SURPRISE! However, each shamrock came out to be pretty good size, one shamrock could be shared!

chocolate studded shamrocks

by e. elaine , little falls, NJ on Mar. 2007

Easy to make & eat! A delicious treat for St. Patrick's Day, or any day. Make a batch (or two) today!

shamrock cookies

by K. Kelly , on Apr. 2006

My kids just loved baking, then eating these cookies. With 2 picky eaters it's a great, easy recipe for a holiday cookie.


by j. janie , ALICE, TX on Feb. 2006

great cookie and worth the little extra effort! Any way St. Patrick's Day is but once a year! Go for the GREEN!

Chocolate Studded Shamrocks

by n. nancy , pocatello, ID on Feb. 2006

Thes looked like fun so I tested them out last night. They were really good and very easy. I will definitely be making these for St. Patricks day.

Chocolate Studded Shamrocks

by C. Charlotte , Philadelphia, PA on Jan. 2006

Easy to make and very very tasty. I will be making alot of these for St. Patricks Day and Irish Night at work.