Sweet Irish Soda Bread Cookies

  • prep time1 min
  • total time 14 min
  • serves 36

Soda bread is Ireland’s national bread, well suited to sopping up lamb stew. A little sugar transforms bread into cookies. Sure and begorrah, it’s a St. Paddy’s day miracle!

Recipe Courtesy of Signe Langford.

38 Ratings
Directions for: Sweet Irish Soda Bread Cookies


Sweet Irish Soda Bread Cookies

3 cup all-purpose flour

¾ cup white sugar

½ tsp baking soda

½ cup butter

½ cup dried currants – soaked in warm apple juice, scotch or whiskey

¼ cup chopped green maraschino cherries

¼ cup buttermilk

1 egg, lightly beaten

2 Tbsp molasses

¼ tsp salt

Green hard Icing

1 cup icing sugar

3 tsp milk

3 tsp light corn syrup

¼ tsp maple or vanilla extract

a few drops green food colouring


Sweet Irish Soda Bread Cookies

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

2. Mix in beaten egg. Pour in milk and molasses and mix with a fork to make a soft dough. If too dry, add a few drops of milk until it all comes together.

3. On a floured surface, shape dough into a ball and knead lightly 5 or 6 times. Roll out dough to ¼ inch thick and cut into desired shapes – of course we suggest a shamrock if possible!

4. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until slightly browned. Transfer to cooling racks and let cool completely before icing. If you don’t want to ice, no worries, sprinkle with a little green course sugar before baking.

5. Tip: the cherries and currants can add quite a bit of moisture to the dough – drain well!

Green hard Icing

1. In a small bowl, stir together icing and milk until smooth. Beat in corn syrup and maple or vanilla extract until icing is totally smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick, add a little more corn syrup, a drop at a time, mixing in well between each addition. If you want to make different shades of green, divide the white icing into separate bowls, and add green food colouring to each to reach the desired shade.

2. Tip: visit your local bulk or candy shop for fun shamrock or green candies and chunky green sugar to decorate with.

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