Monday, February 25, 2013

Shamrock Shaped Snack Crisps inspired by a Reader's Photo

It is so wonderful to know that I have inspired so many of you to create fun food for holidays and special occasions. Today, I'm going to share a St. Patrick's Day project that was inspired by one of my young readers, Aidyn. She and her mom, Carla, shared pictures of Aidyn's rendition of my Mozzarella Cheese Filled Hearts along with a few other recreations, and I shared them all in my Readers' Gallery.

As I looked at the picture of her hearts, not only was I impressed with this 9 year old girl's elegant plating, but I was inspired by her addition of parsley on her pastries.  I knew in that instant that with a little more parsley, I could transform this idea into a St. Patrick's Day themed appetizer.

My original intention was to create cheese filled shamrocks, but instead, I kept these snacks really simple by just sprinkling the pastries with lots of Parmesan cheese and parsley. They are crispy and light and have a wonderful cheese flavor. These green speckled shamrock shaped crisps would be great served with spinach and artichoke dip or hummus, but make a great snack just as they are and are so easy to make.

Shamrock Shaped Snack Crisps (makes 12)


1 store bought pie dough or puff pastry, thawed
egg white or milk
1/3 -1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2-3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh Italian parsley

optional - serve with spinach/artichoke dip or hummus


shamrock shaped cookie cutter
pastry brush
baking sheet lined with parchment paper


Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Unroll pie dough or puff pastry. Cut 12 shamrocks using cookie cutter. Brush the tops of each shamrock with egg white. Combine Parmesan cheese with parsley. Sprinkle over shamrocks. 

Set shamrocks on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 7-9 minutes until golden brown.

You can re-roll the scraps and make more shamrocks, or just brush the scraps with egg white and the cheese and parsley and bake until crisp.

Serve immediately with spinach/artichoke dip, hummus, or just by themselves.

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  1. I think I could eat that whole plate of Snack Crisps - they look wonderful!

  2. Quick, easy, tasty and attractive - we like that. One question: How do they taste if you store them in a container with a tight lid? In other words - if they're room temp. when served.


    1. Hi Tavette, I tried that because we didn't eat all of them once baked, and they were much better right out of the oven. If you do store them, just heat them back up in a warm oven to crisp them back up.

  3. I just want to say how wonderful I think your site is!!

  4. I just want to let you know how wonderful I think your site is!!!!

  5. woo hoo! so many thanks for featuring Aidyn's rendition of your heart-shaped cheese pastries. we're both so excited and feel very honored! p.s. miss thang wants to know how many followers you have {snickering}. Thanks again for all of the inspiration!

  6. woo hoo! so many thanks for featuring Aidyn's rendition of your heart-shaped cheese pastries. we're both so excited and feel very honored! thanks for your continued inspiration. p.s. miss thang wants to know how many followers you have {snickering}.

    1. Tell, miss thang, that between e-mail subscribers, Facebook Fans, Pinterest, RSS, Google Connect, and Twitter I have somewhere between 10,000 and 20,000 fans! It's hard to calculate as people follow via several social media sites. So, Aidyn's picture will be seen by thousands! Having been a young girl who loved to bake, I am so thrilled to know I have inspired Aidyn and other young girls to get into the kitchen. Keep having fun together cooking and keep those pictures coming.

  7. Hi, these sound so yummy especially with puff pastry, I LLooovvvveeee puff pastry. LOL

  8. wonderful idea~~ I would love to use these for a ST Patty's TEA!!!!!

  9. These are show stopping! Putting on my to-do list with my 4 year old. I'd love for you to link this up to my Show & Share link party:

  10. These look amazing! I want them right now. So good I had it on my blog today. Thanks for sharing your lovely ideas!

  11. What a fun st. patrick's day treat!

  12. These are so versatile...chili powder/paprika on candy cane or
    brown sugar & cinnamon on gingerbread man...I'm liking this


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