Easter sugar cookies are the perfect holiday dessert and delightful addition to your Easter baskets. Baking and decorating these is also a fun, festive kitchen activity to share with your children and can be done in just one afternoon!
I don't know about you, but when I think of the perfect treat for Easter, it's sugar cookies! Decorated in lovely pastels and shaped like eggs (or bunnies or chicks or flowers), Easter sugar cookies make your table look lovely and they taste like happy childhood memories and sweet deliciousness.
Plus, everyone loves them.
They're a traditional classic for a reason. Whether you are making sunny citrus sugar cookies for summer, or festively decorated Christmas cookies, you know people are going to enjoy them. That's why these Easter sugar cookies are perfect to make with your kids and enjoy for your holiday weekend celebrations.
Tips For Making The Best Easter Sugar Cookies
You're about to become a sugar cookie making pro. You (and your special helpers!) are going to "wow" your friends and family when you present them with your beautiful Easter sugar cookies (and you are going to be totally thrilled with how easy this sugar cookie recipe and frosting combo is!).
Make Sure You Chill The Cookie Dough
If you are using store-bought sugar cookie dough (which is my go-to shortcut), you will be storing it in the refrigerator, so you have this step covered already.
However, homemade does taste better, so if you have the time, make your own sugar cookie dough!
Once you make and shape your dough, you've got to put it in the fridge to chill.
It's tempting to rush this step, but give it the time it needs to chill completely so that you can slice your cookies well. The sugar cookie dough will be easier to handle and your Easter cookies will look prettier thanks to this step!
Let Your Sugar Cookies Cool Completely Before Frosting
After your cookies are done baking (and you'll know this because they'll be just the tiniest big brown on the edges), remove them to a rack and let them cool completely (after you taste one for quality control purposes, of course).
If you don't let them cool thoroughly, they won't be able to be frosted well.
How To Make Easy Two-Ingredient Frosting For Sugar Cookies
That's right! The frosting for your Easter sugar cookies has only two ingredients! I love recipes with short ingredient lists, don't you?
All you do is slowly add the confectioner's sugar to your lemon juice, mixing it thoroughly so it's not clumpy.
Do not dump it all in all at once and expect it to come out smooth; just add a little at a time as you're mixing. A couple tablespoons at a time added gradually is the key.
If you don't have a mixer and you're going to do this step by hand, it can help to sift your confectioner's sugar first.
Simple Decorating For Easter Sugar Cookies
Now comes the fun part...and the part your little helpers are going to enjoy the most!
Drizzle the frosting over your cookies and spread it out evenly. Then top with jelly beans or your favorite pastel sprinkles. You could also use Smarties, Easter M&Ms, or other candy you and your family enjoy.
Steps for making Easter Sugar Cookies
After your dough has been rolled into a log and chilled, cut it into sections (one section for each color of sugar crystals that you have). Pour some of the sugar crystals on a plate.
Roll the dough sections in the sugar crystals, pressing gently so that you can get as much sugar on the dough as possible without deforming the log.
Slice the dough and place the slices on a baking sheet. Bake for about 9-11 minutes.
Prepare the glaze by placing the lemon juice in a bowl, and mixing in the confectioner's sugar a little at a time.
When the glaze is thick enough to not incorporate back into the bowl right away when drizzled, it is ready to go.
Tips for Perfect Easter Sugar Cookies
- Pink and blue sugar crystals worked really well for me. The green seemed too light. Next time I will try to find darker green sugar crystals or I will make my own (see below).
- If you are having trouble getting the sugar crystals to stick to the dough, it is probably a little over-chilled. To fix this, wash your hand thoroughly, then hold the dough for 10-20 seconds with your hand covering as much surface area as possible to slightly warm it up. Then try rolling again.
- Don't make the glaze until you are just about ready to use it, as it will start to harden if you let it sit out for too long.
- Once you glaze the cookies and add the decorative candies, let them sit out overnight for the glaze to completely harden before placing them in an airtight container for storage.
How To Make Your Own Colored Sugar
It's really easy!
- Take about 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar and put them in a plastic bag that can zipper shut.
- Add a drop or two of food coloring.
- Zip the bag and shake shake shake!
- If there are any clumps, work them from the outside of the bag with your fingers and shake some more.
- If the color isn't dark enough, add another drop of food coloring and shake some more.
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Easter Sugar Cookies Recipe
Use these cookies as homemade treats for the kids' Easter baskets or as a delicious addition to your Easter dessert offerings. Also great to take as a hostess gift when you are a guest for the holiday meal.
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Easter Sugar CookiesPrint Recipe
For the cookies:
- 16 ounces sugar cookie dough
- colored sugar crystals (1-4 different colors)
For the lemon glaze:
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
- pastel sprinkles or coated chocolate candies (optional)
For the cookies:
- Form the sugar cookie dough into a log about 3 inches in diameter, the refrigerate until firm.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Slice the roll of dough into segments (one for every color of sugar crystals), and roll each in one color of the sugar.
- Cut the dough into 1/4 inch slices and place on a cookie sheet, about 1-2 inches apart.
- Bake for 9-11 minutes, until the edges are just starting to brown. Cool for a minute on the baking sheet and then transfer to a cooling rack. Allow to cool for at least 15 minutes.
For the lemon glaze:
- Make the glaze by slowly mixing the confectioner's sugar into the lemon juice until smooth.
- On each cooled cookie, drizzle about 1 teaspoon of glaze and spread it with the back of a spoon.
- Garnish with sprinkles or other pastel-colored candy.
- The store-bought pink and blue sugar crystals worked really well but the green color seemed too light. Make your own colors with this simple technique!
- Place 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar in a ziplock bag.
- Add a drop or two of food coloring.
- Zip the bag and shake it.
- To remove any clumps, work them from the outside of the bag with your fingers.
- If the color needs to be darker, add another drop of food coloring and shake again.
- Dough that is too cold may be tough to coat with the sugar crystals. You can use your (washed) hands to hold the dough for 10-20 seconds, which should warm up just the outside of it which will help it to better hold on to the sugar.
- The glaze will start to harden if you let it sit out for too long, so hold off on making it until you are almost ready to use it.
- Once you glaze and decorate your cookies, let them sit out about 12 hours for the glaze to completely harden. Then you can place them in a bag or container for storage.
Looking for another great Easter treat? Try these easy and delicious Easter Egg Peanut Butter Bites. All you need are 3 ingredients and 12 minutes!
What is your favorite Easter dessert? Leave a comment and let me know!
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