St. Paddy’s Day Shirt Cookies

By Mike Tamplin on Mar 5, 2013


Have you ever noticed that leprechauns are always so well-dressed? It’s funny because on St. Paddy’s Day I’m the total opposite. I tend to keep things casual because I know, after a few green drinks, I get a bit sloppy. I like to think it’s not my fault, though. St. Patrick’s Day is a time to surround yourself with Irish-themed merriment. So much that it’s easy to get a little carried away. (Random side note: my drunken attempts at an Irish accent always sound more like a pirate impression.)

To make up for my lack of grace I made a set of dapper outfits for the occasion. One formal, one semi-formal, both very festive for St. Paddy’s Day. My inspiration for these cookies stemmed from Sugarbelle’s Oscar Night minis and The Bearfoot Baker’s Don’t Pinch Me cookies.

I used this present cutter to make both cookies.

shirt cookie cutter

How to Make St. Paddy’s Day Shirt Cookies

Shirt with Bow Tie and Suspenders:

suspenders irish shirt icing instructions
  1. 1

    With white piping and flood icing, outline and fill the base shirt area. Let this dry overnight.

  2. 2

    The next day, with green 20-second icing, first pipe the outer bow parts of the bow tie. Let it set for at least 30 minutes, then pipe the center knot.

  3. 3

    With piping icing in the colors of the rainbow, pipe a straight line where you would want the placement of the suspenders to be. I started with red and worked my way from left to right in rainbow order.

  4. 4

    After the suspenders had time to set, pipe the metal details with grey icing and the shirt details with white icing.

Irish Tuxedo Cookie

tuxedo irish shirt icing instructions
  1. 1

    With white piping and flood icing, outline and fill the arrow-shape shirt center. Let it set for about 30 minutes before moving on.

  2. 2

    With green piping and flood icing, outline and fill the outer coat and pants area. Let it set for about 30 minutes.

  3. 3

    With dark green flood icing, fill the remaining middle vest area. Let everything set for a couple of hours.

  4. 4

    After the base had time to set, pipe and fill the coat lapel areas with green icing. Add the front pocket details. Let this dry overnight.

  5. 5

    The next day, with orange 20-second icing, first pipe the outer bow parts of the bow tie. Let it set for at least 30 minutes, then pipe the center knot.

  6. 6

    Add the button details with black and yellow piping icing. Also, pipe the edge detail of the vest with dark green.

For the tuxedo bow tie, I chose orange because it reminded me of the colors of the Irish flag– green, white, and orange. You could use the dark green vest color for the tie instead and it would still look great. Sláinte!

irish shirt cookies

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41 replies on “St. Paddy’s Day Shirt Cookies

  1. These are amazing! I haven’t seen your blog before and am so glad I stumbled upon it. Great use of the present cutter and I can’t get enough of those rainbow suspenders!! :)

    1. Thanks so much for your kind note, Michelle! And thanks for stopping by my blog. I just visited your’s and it’s fantastic!

  2. These are adorable. Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday’s Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

  3. simplyfreshcooking 19

    Oh my gosh, these are so nicely done, Mike. :)

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who sounds like a pirate whilst doing an Irishman accent. Lol.

    1. Haha, sweet! I’m not alone! Thanks, Rachael!

  4. if i could blow these cookies up and attach them to my hubby and son, they’d certainly be the best dressed on St. Patty’s Day!

  5. This is so awesome!! I wish I was that creative!!

  6. These are the BEST St. Patrick’s Day cookies I have ever seen! You’re so talented!! I love the fact that you do this as a hobby and you take such pride in your work (and I live in Oregon, so we are like neighbors :)

  7. This is my first attempt at leaving a post, but I simply could not resist letting you know how impressed I am with your work! Your creativity knows no bounds and the quality of your decorating is wonderful! I LOVE your cookies and can’t wait to delve further into your blog…as soon as I figure out the process…LOL!

    1. Thanks so much, Drenda!

  8. Greetings from the kiwiland, i have just been reading thru your blog and blown away by all your designs and creativity :)

    I’ve just subscribed to get updates when you do a new post because they are always so inspiring. Thank you for sharing your talent with us :)

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