How to Make Easter Cookies

I was anxious to learn how to make Easter cookies to have on hand decorated for holiday visitors. A colorful tray of cookies is nice to serve with coffee or tea. Wrap cookies individually to place in children’s Easter baskets; they are so much better than commercially made treats.

I always look for special baking pans at stores like Tuesday Morning, Ross and TJ Max.  The prices are usually like half price and often you can find pans which you do not find in other stores. I found this “spring flowers” pan by NORPRO marked down from $25.99 to $12.99. It is very good quality and can be used to make cookies, chocolate molds or gelatin; I even made eggs shaped like flowers.

HOW TO MAKE EASTER COOKIES like this 
MOLDED SUGAR COOKIE RECIPE

How to Make Easter CookiesHow to Make Easter Cookies
  • 1 ½ Cups unsalted butter
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 2 Large egg yolks
  • 3 ¾ Cups sifted flour
  • ¼ Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • Colored sugars

Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
Add egg yolks, flour, salt and vanilla; mix thoroughly.
Roll dough into 1 inch balls; press dough into baking pan molds.
Bake until cookies are light brown 7 to 10 minutes.
To ensure even baking, rotate sheet halfway through the baking process.
Cool on wire rack; sprinkle cookies with colored sugar, glaze or frosting.
Makes 2 to 3 dozens.

POWDERED SUGAR ICING

  • 6 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ Cup milk
  • 6 to 8 Cups powdered sugar
  • Food coloring

Combine lemon juice and milk in a large bowl.
Gradually beat in sugar until desired stiffness for spreading or decorating.


EASTER BROWNIES

Easter Brownie BunniesEaster Brownie Bunnies

I included this BAKERS CHOCOLATE RECIPE for brownies when I learned how to make Easter cookies. Everyone loves chocolate brownies and these are cut out into Easter shapes decorated with colored frosting. Since brownies are thicker than cookies you will need cutters which have no top on them just the rim. For these I often cut my own pattern from cardboard; it works well.

  • 4 Squares Bakers unsweetened chocolate
  • ¾ Cup butter
  • 2 Cups sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 Cup flour
  • White coconut frosting
  • Assorted candy decorations

Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
Line 9 X 13 inch baking pan with foil extending over the edges to form handles; grease foil.
Heat chocolate and butter over low until completely melted.
Stir sugar into the chocolate mixture until well blended; mix in eggs and vanilla.
Stir flour in until well blended; spread into prepared pan.
Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick comes out with FUDGY CRUMBS; DO NOT OVER BAKE.
Cool brownies in pan; run knife around edges to loosen from the sides.
Using handles of foil lift brownies from the pan onto a cutting board.
Frost with white coconut frosting
Refrigerate brownies 10 minutes to set frosting; cut Easter shapes with cookie cutters.
NOTE: Larger cutters with rims only work best (NO CUTTERS WITH TOPS HAVING INTRICUT DESIGNS)
After cutting, decorate with decorative frosting and candies.


HOW TO MAKE BUTTER COOKIES (Make ahead cookies)

When I learned how to make Easter cookies, I included this recipe for several reasons. First, they are delicious! These cookies are simple to make only having 5 basic ingredients. They also can be made up to 3 days in advance making it easy to divide up the time for busy schedules.

  • 1 ½ Cups softened butter
  • 1 Cup powder sugar
  • ¼ Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 ¾ Cups sifted flour
  • Simple icing (Recipe below)

Beat butter, sugar and salt at medium speed until creamy; add vanilla and beat until blended.
Gradually add flour.
NOTE: Dough will get very stiff; I finish mixing with my hands.
Divide dough in two portions; wrap each in plastic wrap and flatten like a disk.
Chill 2 to 24 hours.
Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
Unwrap 1 dough disk on a well floured surface.
Cover with large piece of plastic wrap and roll to ¼ inch thickness.
Cut into desired shapes with 3 ½ inch cookie cutters; place 1 inch apart on cookie sheets.
Chill for 15 minutes; repeat procedure with remaining dough disk.
Bake at 350F degrees for 15 to 17 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
Cool on baking sheets 5 minutes; transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
Decorate with simple icing.

SIMPLE ICING RECIPE

  • 6 Cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons meringue powder
  • ½ Teaspoon lemon extract
  • Water
  • Food coloring

Beat together powdered sugar, meringue powder and lemon extract.
Divide mixture into 5 or 6 small bowls; tint icing in each bowl to desired colors and blend well.


HOW TO MAKE LEMON COOKIES

When I learned how to make Easter cookies, I quickly included this recipe for lemon cookies. They are easier than “cutouts” but still have the taste and presentation for Easter. The flavor of lemon is always welcomed no matter what time of the year or for what occasion.

  • 1 Cup softened butter
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3 Cups sifted flour
  • 1 Teaspoon baking soda
  • 16 Ounces frozen lemonade concentrate (thawed) DIVIDED
  • ¼ Cup powder sugar

Preheat oven to 400F degrees.
Cream butter and sugar; add eggs beating until light a fluffy.
Sift flour and soda together; add alternately with ½ CUP lemonade to creamed mixture.
Drop by teaspoons about 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 8 to 9 minutes until set.
Combine powder sugar with remaining lemonade and brush on hot cookies.
Sprinkle cookies with Easter colors of decorating candies or sugars.


GREEK EASTER COOKIES RECIPE

When I learned how to make Easter cookies, I wanted to add recipes from other countries to my collection. This Greek recipe is traditionally eaten on Good Friday.

  • 8 Cups flour
  • 1 ½ Cups sugar
  • ½ Cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 Cup dry white wine
  • 1/3 Cup anise flavor liqueur
  • Pinch salt

Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
Combine and mix flour, sugar, oil, wine, liqueur and salt.
Knead mixture for a few minutes until it forms a smooth dough.
Roll out the dough to ¼ inch thickness; cut into 3 inch rounds with a cutter or glass.
Nick the edges of the rounds with a knife; prick rounds with a fork and sprinkle with sugar.
Arrange rounds on floured baking sheets; bake 20 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned.


RUSSIAN COOKIES

I learned how to make Easter cookies like this Russian cookie recipe because of the wonderful flavor and texture made by the lemon and sour cream. They make a great addition to Easter and can make a pretty presentation with the addition of pastel colored sugar.

  • 1 Cup of softened butter
  • ½ Cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ Teaspoon salt
  • 3 Beaten eggs
  • 3 Tablespoons sour cream
  • ½ Teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 Teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3 ½ Cups flour
  • 1/8 Teaspoon baking soda
  • Coarsely crushed sugar cubes

Preheat oven to 450F degrees.
Beat butter, sugar and salt until fluffy; beat in eggs.
Mix in sour cream, lemon peel and lemon juice; gradually mix in the flour.
Roll dough to ¼ inch thickness on floured board; sprinkle with coarse sugar.
With a knife cut dough in diagonal lines and then cut into diamond shaped cookies.
Place on buttered and floured baking sheets.
Bake about 8 minutes until cookies are just golden.

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