Apparently I just can’t be trusted to plan ahead for holidays, as I woke up on St. Patrick’s Day and realized we had no Guinness in the fridge and no Irish Soda Bread in the freezer. Whoops. Luckily I came across this recipe for Irish Soda Bread Cookies, which was not only a breeze to make, but also provided me with some extra cookies to bring into work on Monday. As my husband put it, “These taste just like Irish Soda Bread, only in cookie form.” I couldn’t have said it better myself.
Irish Soda Bread Cookies (adapted from AllRecipes)
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup buttermilk (I never have buttermilk so I just used ¼ cup milk combined with just shy of a teaspoon of lemon juice. Let it sit for about 5-10 minutes)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. With a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in raisins.
Mix in beaten egg. Pour in milk and mix with a fork to make a soft dough (may need a little more milk).
Scoop out teaspoonfuls of dough and put onto lined cookie sheet.
Bake for 11 to 13 minutes or until slightly browned.