Pot of Gold Cookies from The BakerMama - South Shore Moms


These Pot of Gold Cookies from The BakerMama just might be your lucky charm for a fun, festive St. Patrick’s Day party. “Chewy chocolate thumbprint cookies are filled with a little icing and some yellow chocolate candies to create that pot of gold look, and then more icing is used to make clouds that hold together a candy rainbow for the full effect,” says Maegan Brown, the mom of four behind The BakerMama site and Instagram. Not only do they come together from scratch in less than 45 minutes, semi-homemade bakers (no shame!) can whip them up with store bought brownie bites.

For more St. Patrick’s Day inspiration:
Leprechaun Snack Board
Eat the Rainbow Board
Emma Willis’ St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes
Lucky Charms Ice Cream Sandwiches
St. Patrick’s Day Crafts & Recipes
Rainbow Cheesecake
St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails & Mocktails


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup sparkling sugar, for coating
  • 1 (8 ounce) tube white decorating icing
  • 1/2 cup mini yellow coated chocolate candies
  • 6 rainbow berry candy strips, cut into 3-inch pieces


  1. Preheat oven 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until smooth. Add the egg yolk and beat until well combined. Beat in the milk and vanilla.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in the mixer and beat until a thick dough forms.
  4. Place 1/3 cup sparkling sugar in a shallow bowl. Shape cookie dough into 2 tablespoon sized balls. Roll each ball in the sparkling sugar and place a few inches apart on the parchment-lined baking sheet.
  5. Using the bottom of a wooden spoon, make a hole in the center stirring the end of the spoon around very gently to make the hole a bit large than the end of the spoon. The hole should not go all the way through the cookie. Flatten each cookie slightly with the palm of your hand.
  6. Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes or until they just start to crackle in places. Let rest on cookie sheets for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, about another 8-10 minutes.
  7. Cut the candy strips into 3-inch pieces. Set out the mini yellow candies and prepare the icing tube with a star attachment.
  8. When the cookies have cooled, pipe some icing into the hole in the center of a cookie. Pile enough yellow candies over the icing to cover it and make the cookie look like a pot of gold. Pipe two cloud-like stars on opposite sides of the cookie and arrange a candy strip in a rainbow shape sticking each end of the candy strip into the cloud-like icing. Repeat with remaining cookies.

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