Soft four leaf clover cookies

There are cookies for just about every major holiday and special day you can think of. This is a really good thing for anyone who enjoys a good cookie! While Christmas cookies might get more attention, St. Patrick’s Day cookies are quite popular. 

One fun design to make for St. Patrick’s Day is the four leaf clover. This little plant is considered good luck to anyone who finds one. Four leaf clovers can be pretty tough to come across, three leaf are more common, so why not make your own? Many things inspired this recipe including another recipe and the love of the color green.


3/4 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsps vanilla or almond extract
2 cups of flour
1 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/8-1/4 tsp ground ginger

Green sugar crystals for decoration

1/4 cup of cocoa can be added to create chocolate four leaf clover cookies.


Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray cookie sheet.

In a bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs and extract; mix well.

In a separate bowl blend together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, salt and ginger.

Slowly add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture and blend well. 

Dough will be sticky so lightly flour your cookie cutting surface and rolling pin.

Roll out the dough and then use a four leaf clover cookie cutter to cut out the shape. 

Place the clovers two inches apart on the cookie sheet, sprinkle with green sugar and bake for 8-9 minutes. 

Let cool on the pan for 3 minutes after removing from the oven, then move cookies to wax paper to finish cooling. 

Makes approximately 3 dozen cookies.

These cookies are a little bit of a hassle. However, the delicious flavor and soft texture make it worth the trouble! You can experiment with different flavorings to personalize this recipe. You can also adjust the amount of sugar to make a sweeter cookie if desired.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with some tasty four leaf clover cookies. These cookies are great for parties, picnics and enjoying with a glass of milk. Who knows, maybe these clovers will even bring about a bit of good luck!