Sunday, March 28, 2021

Soft Easter Sugar Cookies

Soft Easter Sugar Cookies are my favorite treat. Make these Easter Cookies today with best tasting sugar cookie icing for a gorgeous springtime cookie.

This decorated soft sugar cookie recipe is one that I use for several different holidays. Did you have a chance to make my Christmas sugar cookies yet?

Each of these cookies uses my sugar cookie icing to create the designs on top. The icing dries hard but melts in your mouth as soon as you take a bite.

Easter Peeps Sugar Cookies in a bucket

Soft Easter Sugar Cookies

These Easter cookies make a gorgeous display when you serve them. And, they are definitely deserving of center stage at any Easter holiday celebration.

You'll want to keep some for yourself if you are giving these as a gift.

The base for these cookies is my traditional sugar cookie dough. It creates a soft, thick cookie that is perfect for icing.

You can easily alter the shape and the icing design to create sugar cookies for any holiday. These St. Patrick's Day cookies use the same basic recipe were a huge hit when I made them last time.

Ingredients Soft Easter Sugar Cookies

Tools / equipment for this recipe

Easter sugar cookies cut out from dough
What types of cookie cutters should I use?
There are so many different types of Easter sugar cookie cutters. You can really get anything you want.

Here are a few that will work for this holiday:
  • Oval or Easter egg, Rabbit, Chick, Lamb, Carrots and Bunny butts
Easter Sugar Cooking on a cooling rack

How to make soft Easter sugar cookies

Just follow these simple directions to make the cookie dough, the icing, and then decorate your cookie.
  • Make the sugar cookies according to my Christmas sugar cookie dough.
  • Make the icing according to my sugar cookie icing recipe.
  • Create your first icing color and add it to your piping bag. 
  • Working slowly around the edge, use the icing to make your outline.
  • Add a small amount of milk to a portion of your icing. This will create the flood for the main color on your cookie.
  • Place these cookies on a cookie sheet for the icing to dry. 
  • Create black icing for the nose and eyes.
  • Allow them to dry again and wrap in cello bags.
You will follow this same basic process for any shape of soft Easter sugar cookies.

Icing outline on Easter Peep cookies

Frequently asked questions
  • How long can you freeze cookies with royal icing? Once completely dried, these can be placed in an airtight container and frozen for 2 to 3 months.
  • How long do these cookies stay fresh? Store them at room temperature in cello bags and/or an airtight container for about 3 to 4 weeks. These are great to make ahead.
  • Do you have to refrigerate sugar cookies? No, these can be stored at room temperature.
  • Does this icing harden? Yes, once these cookies dry, they will harden so you can stack them easily. This takes several hours.
Icing fill on Peep Cookie

Tips for making the best soft Easter sugar cookies

Make sure you are covering your icing tightly with plastic wrap or a damp towel as you are working so that it doesn’t dry out and harden.

After rolling the Easter cookies out, I recommend chilling in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes before cutting with the cookie cutter.

Then once you cut everything out, place them on your cookie sheet and chill again. I found this to have the least amount of spread.

Fixing icing on Easter Cookies

More sugar cookie recipes

This sugar cookie frosting is light, creamy, and has the perfect amount of sweetness! Make this recipe for your sugar cookie decorating.

Extreme Sprinkle Sugar Cookie Milkshake is a rich and creamy dessert that is like a taste of heaven. Perfectly sweet and utterly delicious! This simple recipe comes together with just 5 ingredients and is a must-try.

Cookie bites are tiny versions of our best sugar cookie recipe that are just as soft and tender. Make these mini sugar cookies today in just 30 minutes!

Easter Pinwheel Cookies are soft and chewy sugar cookies with a festive Easter spin. They're incredibly easy to make. This simple recipe will have you enjoying these tasty treats in no time

Enjoy!

Adding Peeps Eyes

With love from our simple kitchen to yours.


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Easter cookies in a bucket



Yield: 30-36 cookies
Author: Donna Elick
Soft Easter Sugar Cookies

Soft Easter Sugar Cookies

Soft Easter Sugar Cookies are my favorite treat. Make these Easter Cookies today with best tasting sugar cookie icing for a gorgeous springtime cookie.
Prep time: 1 H & 30 MCook time: 10 MinInactive time: 8 HourTotal time: 9 H & 40 M

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Roll out cookie dough and bake according to directions in the recipe. Allow cookies to cool completely on a cooling rack.
  2. Starting with your first color, take ¼ of the icing out of the main bowl and place it into a smaller bowl. Stir in the food coloring and cover.
  3. Cut your piping bag and insert your piping tip. Transfer half of the colored icing in the small bowl to the piping bag with the tip.(This is your outline icing) Twist the opposite end of the piping bag and squeeze as you begin to ice around the edge of your cookie, making sure not to get too close to the edge or the icing will fall off of the cookie.
  4. When you get back to your starting point, release the pressure you have on the piping bag, dip down to the surface of the cookie, and then release as you move upward. Repeat for all cookies of that same color. (Don’t move to another color just yet)
  5. Next, stir in a small amount of milk to your remaining colored icing. (This is the flood icing) Transfer the flood icing to an icing bottle or piping bag with the tip cut off. Fill the interior of the cookie, keeping with the icing lines you just made with the outline icing. Use your stir needle or toothpick to push the icing to fill in any gaps or air bubbles.
  6. Place iced cookies on a cookie sheet to dry. Repeat steps 2-6 for each icing color, saving about 2 tablespoons of icing in a small covered bowl.
  7. Next, mix black food coloring into the remaining 2 tablespoons of icing and transfer it to a piping bag with Wilton tip #3. (You will use this to make the eyes and nose of the bunnies) Starting with the first cookies you decorated, make a nose shape by gently touching the black icing down in the center of the bunny’s head. Lift straight up, and the icing will fall into a perfect circle. Then make two eyes right above the nose. Repeat for all cookies.
  8. Allow cookies to dry on a cookie sheet tented with foil, at room temperature for 8 hours to overnight. Once completely dry, you can serve promptly, package in cello bags, store in an airtight container, or freeze. Enjoy your sweet Easter treat!
DONNA'S NOTES
  1. How long can you freeze cookies with royal icing? Once completely dried, these can be placed in an airtight container and frozen for 2 to 3 months.
  2. How long do these cookies stay fresh? Store room temperature in cello bags and/or an airtight container for about 3 to 4 weeks. These are great to make ahead.
  3. Do you have to refrigerate sugar cookies? No, these can be stored at room temperature.
  4. Does this icing harden? Yes, once these cookies dry, they will harden so you can stack them easily. This takes several hours.
  5. Make sure you are covering your icing tightly with plastic wrap or a damp towel as you are working so that it doesn’t dry out and harden.
  6. After rolling the cookies out, I recommend chilling in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes before cutting with the cookie cutter. Then once you cut everything out, place on your cookie sheet and chill again. I found this to have the least amount of spread.


Sugar cookies in a bucket for Easter

Originally published March 2021

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