How to Make St. Patrick's Day Pot of Gold Cookies

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If you’re looking for a fun and fairly easy project to celebrate St. Patrick's day, these cookies double as good luck charms and sweet treats.
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Step 1: Things You'll Need

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  • Sugar Cookie Recipe here
  • Royal Icing Recipe
  • Pot of Gold Cookie Cutter
  • Piping Tips (#2, #10)
  • Couplers & Piping Bags
  • Food Gel Colourings
  • 2 Tbs Fondant (Gumpaste an option)
  • Fondant Rolling Pin
  • Small Square Cutters (a paring knife works fine too)
  • Parchment Paper, Toothpicks & Tweezers
  • Clear Extract (i.e. orange or lemon) 
  • Gold Luster Dust & Paintbrush
*Please note that rainbow cookies pair well with the Pot of Gold cookies. They are simpler to make. (Cut out a rainbow shape from your dough, bake, and decorate with the colors of the rainbow).

Step 2: Flooding Cookies

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Once cookies are baked and have cooled, flood cookies with royal icing and let dry. (Please see the tutorial section of Sweetopia.net if you need a how-to on flooding).

Step 3: Preparing the Fondant

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Massage yellow gel coloring into your fondant. Depending on how many cookies you use, you will need more or less fondant. For 3 pot-of-gold cookies, about 2 Tablespoons of fondant worked well.

Step 4: Making Fondant Coins

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Punch out 'gold coins' with a #10 piping tip.

Step 5: Adhering Coins to Cookies

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Using tweezers, adhere 'gold coins' to cookie with royal icing. Let dry overnight.

Step 6: Preparing Luster Dust

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Mix one part gold luster dust to three parts clear extract. (The spoon pictured above is actually a whimsical 'pinch' spoon).

Step 7: Paint Coins

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Paint luster dust onto coins.

Step 8: Finishing Touches

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Roll and cut out a piece of black fondant for the lip of the pot of gold, and attach with royal icing. Serve on their own or with more St. Patty's Day cookies and enjoy!

Hello, mind sharing what brand of gold luster dust you used? I could only get this effect with the gold highlighter and unfortunately, they aren't edible...

scoochmaroo3 years ago
I hope you enter this in the Green Challenge!
Just delicious! I love that you made the gold shiny. It's a great touch!
Adorable! Bet u get the first post in the challenge and stay right on top! May the luck of the Irish bless you and your instructable!