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Lucky Leprechaun Cookies Recipe

Are you in search of a lucky treat for St. Patrick’s Day? Surprise the kiddos with these adorably delicious Lucky Leprechaun Cookies!Lucky Leprechaun Cookies Recipe - Food Life Design

A few years back, I was searching for a St. Patrick’s Day treat for the girls and came across this really simple cake mix cookie recipe that I’d saved on Pinterest.

After deciding to make the cookies green for the holiday, my oldest daughter thought it would be fun to add “gold” sugar to make them lucky.

Since it was St. Patrick’s Day and we made the cookies green and “gold” we decided to call them “Lucky Leprechaun Cookies”.

I’ve used lots of cake mix recipes before, but I’ve got to say…this one takes the cake…pun totally intended!

These Lucky Leprechaun Cookies are so simple to make and easy to adjust for any flavor, color or decoration. So, feel free to play around with your favorite food colors and/or flavors!

Here’s the recipe:

Yield: 9 cookies

Lucky Cookies

Lucky Cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes


For the cookie mix:

  • 1 yellow cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 8 to 10 drops green food coloring, optional

For the filling:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

For the "gold" sugar decoration (optional):

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 to 8 drops yellow food coloring


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Combine the yellow cake mix, eggs, oil, vanilla and food coloring in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Use a tablespoon to scoop 18 cookies onto a large baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.
  5. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool on a wire baking rack or wax paper.
  6. Place the butter and confectioners sugar into a large bowl. Use an electric mixer on medium-low speed to combine the butter and sugar.
  7. Slowly add each tablespoon of milk, continuing to mix, until the filling is thick and creamy. Stir in vanilla.
  8. Using a tablespoon, place a large scoop of frosting on the bottom-side of 9 cookies. Top each frosted cookie with the remaining 9 cookies and gently press down until the filling begins to ooze out the sides.
  9. Combine the granulated sugar and yellow food coloring in a small bowl, using a fork to break down chunks.
  10. Gently, roll each cookie through the yellow sugar to coat the oozing filling.

I hope you enjoy these Lucky Leprechaun Cookies! The girls really loved them!

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