Irish Soda Bread Cookies

When I think of Saint Patrick’s Day, I think of Irish Soda Bread. This delicious, traditional bread is made with flour, buttermilk, raisins, an egg, and a touch of sugar. The cookie recipe continues the tradition in a new form.

Irish Soda Bread Cookies
Makes 3 dozen
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon caraway seed (optional)
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup dried currants
1 large egg, slightly beaten
1/4 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350F.

Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. With a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in currants. Mix in beaten egg. Pour in milk and mix with a fork to make a soft dough (add more milk as needed).

On a floured surface, shape dough into a ball and knead lightly 5 or 6 times. Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thick and cut into squares and triangles with a knife (approximately 2 inches in diameter). Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until slightly browned.