Cheesy shamrock biscuits Recipe

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  • Vegetarian


28 - 30





These tasty shamrock-shaped biscuits are perfect for St Patrick’s Day on 17th March. Make a batch and tuck in!


  • 300g mature Irish farmhouse cheese such as Ardrahan or Carrigaline, finely grated
  • 200g plain flour
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 200g butter, diced
  • 2 free-range egg yolks
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 5. Lightly grease 2-3 baking sheets with butter and line with non-stick baking paper.

  • Mix the grated cheese, flour, cayenne pepper, ½ tsp salt and some black pepper together in a large mixing bowl. Add the butter and rub together until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs.

  • Stir in the egg yolks with a kitchen knife until the mixture comes together in a ball. Tip out onto a work surface and knead briefly until smooth. Roll out on a lightly floured surface to 5mm thick.

  • Using a shamrock-shaped biscuit cutter, cut out the biscuits and place them spaced a little apart on the prepared baking sheets. Re-knead and roll the trimmings once or twice to make more biscuits. Chill for at least 30 mins.

  • Bake for approximately 10 mins or until richly golden around the edges. Remove and leave to cool on the baking tray. Store in an airtight tin once cold.

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This is the same recipe for cheese straws so it's a really simple one to follow - and the end result looks great. Shamrock-shaped pastry cutters can easily be bought online