Easter is just a few short weeks away. While many families will enjoy dying real eggs or hunting for hidden ones that are stuffed with treats, Easter is a great time for other holiday themed desserts, especially cookies!
The following are 3 of the best recipes for Easter cookies. Make these treats especially memorable by recruiting the kids to help out with the mixing of the ingredients as well as the decorating!
Iced Shortbread Cookies
What could be tastier than crunchy shortbread that’s been cut into your child’s favorite Easter shaped, and then spread with sweet colored icing when cool? This recipe is as simple as it is delicious!
Cream together 2 tablespoons of vanilla flavoring with 16 ounces of softened butter. In a separate bowl, mix together well 4 cups of all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, and 1 and 2/3 cups powdered sugar. Using an electric mixer, slowly mix the sugar-flour mixture with the butter mixture until it is well combined and forms a soft dough. Chill in the refrigerator at least one hour and for up to 3 days before baking.
Preheat the oven to 350°F while you remove the dough from the refrigerator. Place the dough onto a floured surface and roll very thin, until it is about ¼” inch thick. At this stage, you may use a knife to cut the dough into egg-shaped ovals, or use your favorite Easter or spring themed cookie cutters to cut the dough into shapes.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place cookies ½” inch apart from one another and away from the sides of the pan. Bake in a 350°F oven until lightly browned, about 10 to 12 minutes. Allow cookies to cool completely before icing with your child’s favorite flavor and color of icing, about 25 minutes. Save time by using premade icing and covering with colorful candy sprinkles for an extra festive look!
Glazed Lemon and Anise Cookies with Sprinkles
The recipe for these moist, decadent cookies is very old and originated in Italy. They are perfect for the warmer months of spring and summer, and are often part of holiday celebrations. This recipe makes nearly 3 dozen cookies. Divide the recipes for the dough and icing in half and flavor one half with lemon extract, and the other with anise extract in order to enjoy both refreshing tastes this holiday!
Whisk together 5 ½ cups of pre-sifted flour and 6 teaspoons baking powder. Add in 1 cup of sugar, mixing well. In a separate bowl, beat together 6 eggs, and mix in 1 cup of vegetable cooking oil.
At this stage you must make a decision whether or not to make lemon cookies, anise cookies, or to split the mix in half, in order to make both. Add 3 tablespoons of your preferred flavor extract, either lemon or anise and mix well with the other liquid ingredients.
Make a well in the center of the dry mix and add the liquid mix, stirring until well combined.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Using your hands, form the dough into 1″ round balls. Place the shapes ¼” inch o ½” inch apart on the baking sheet, as the cookie dough will spread as it heats. Bake in the 350°F oven until lightly browned, about 7 minutes.
For the frosting, mix 2 teaspoons of the flavor extract (lemon or anise) with 16 ounces of confectioner’s sugar and milk to form a soft, pourable consistency, about ¼ cup or less. Drizzle the cookies with glaze and then quickly top with candy sprinkles before the glaze dries, otherwise the sprinkles will not stay “glued” to the cookie!
Chocolate Dipped Easter Butter Cookies
What could be better for Easter than crunchy chocolate dipped butter cookies? These cookies are made by combining melted chocolate with a very basic butter cookie recipe!
In a bowl, cream together 1 cup of butter, 1 beaten egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring and 1 cup sugar. In a separate bowl, mix together well 2 cups all-purpose flour, ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon baking powder. Using an electric mixer, slowly add the dry mixture to the buttery one, combining well. Roll the dough into logs, wrap in waxed paper and chill in the refrigerator at least 4 hours and up to 5 days before baking.
To bake, preheat the oven to 350°F. Roll out the dough on a floured surface until it is 1/8″inch thick. Use Easter and spring themed cookie cutters to cut out dough into your child’s favorite shapes. Place on a buttered and greased baking sheet, about 1/2 ” inches apart and bake in the 350°F oven until lightly browned, about 12 to 15 minutes.
Allow cookies to thoroughly cool, about 25 to 30 minutes. Once cool, melt some chocolate in the microwave and either drizzle over the cookies in a thin layer, or, use toothpicks to dip into the melted chocolate. Remove and allow the chocolate to cool and harden before serving. Depending on the size of the cookie cutters that you use, this recipe may make several dozen cookies.
What do you think of our list of best Easter Cookie recipes? Have you tried any of these before, or do you have another favorite cookie that you and your family enjoy? Why not share your knowledge, and cookie recipe, with our other readers in the comments section below?