Green is for lettuce, our crunchy companion whose color ranges from the pale pearl-green of an iceberg heart to the deep forest-green of romaine’s outer shell. Green is for fresh garden peas, steamed to bring out both flavor and color. But green is NOT for cookies—unless it’s St. Patrick’s Day. Ah, but then, lads and mavourneens, green is for everything from beer to body paint—AND cookies.
When I was growing up, good Irish-Catholic girl that I was, I always wore green on St. Paddy’s Day. Which was a challenge, green never having been a favorite color. But even if it was simply the ribbons in my braids, I HAD to wear green; it was a family decree.
Still, that didn’t mean I had to EAT green. Lettuce, OK. Peas…. questionable. A gray-green blob of steamed cabbage alongside pallid boiled onions and a fatty chunk of corned beef? No thanks. The green Jell-O with ReddiWip for dessert was scant payback for what had come before. But neither was Jell-O very special; orange, red, green, it was still Jell-O, and I’ve always been more of a cookie person.
Thus, green cookies. There are two obvious flavor directions to go: lime, and pistachio. Our Key Lime Snowball Cookies are delightful, but not green. If you’re looking for cookies that shout St. Pat’s, choose these Pistachio Cookies. The creamy green of pistachio ice cream, with similar bright flavor, these nut-studded treats are the perfect sweet coda to any St. Patrick’s Day meal — even one that includes the dreaded boiled cabbage!