Happy Saint Patrick’s Day everyone!! I love this holiday. It’s the day I’m proud to have pale skin, freckles and green eyes. Features of my Irish heritage. Go out there and chase a rainbow, trap a leprechaun, don’t forget to wear your green and have a beer for me! If you’re not Irish, pretend you are today…you’ll be glad you did. I made these cookies, reminiscent of the traditional Irish Soda Bread frequently served alongside corned beef and cabbage (which, I’m headed to my ma’s house to eat). They pretty much taste like a mini scone. Yum!I boiled my currants in a little water to plump them up before draining them and adding to the dough. Then I mixed up a little glaze of powdered sugar and milk (with green food coloring) to add a little sweet and Irish color.
Irish Soda Bread Cookies
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup dried currants
1/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. With a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal.
- Mix in beaten egg. Pour in buttermilk and mix with a fork to make a soft dough (may need a little more milk). Stir in currants.
- Drop by spoonfuls onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
- Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until slightly browned.
Makes 36 cookies