These easy Easter Sugar Cookies are going to disappear faster than the chocolate eggs. A delicious cookie base and easy instructions make the best cookies!
Easy Easter Sugar Cookies
I love sugar cookies, but I HATE all the waiting time in between. I also hate mixing all of the royal icing and colors and ending up with way too much of one color but another.
Cheat with some Premade Royal Icing
These easy Easter sugar cookies are made with my tried and true sugar cookie recipe and decorated with the cookie ice and sprinkles from Cake Mate. It just makes it so much easier for me and my kid to make amazing cookies!
Using a premade Cookie Icing makes life so much easier – especially when you’re decorating with littles ones. To be totally honest, as an adult, I much prefer the ease of using cookie icing to decorate my sugar cookies. No, it’s not the same, but at the end of the day all that matters is that you (and the family) have a fun time decorating the cookies.
These cookies are so fun and easy to make and they really take no time at all to do. You can bake and decorate on different days. Just store the cookies in an air-tight container. They last several days in a container on your counter. You can buy jumbo plastic eggs to place the cookies into for your Easter egg hunt. They are so much better than candy…
Or you can display them on a pretty tray with other desserts for the day. They also pack well to send to school or give as gifts.
Want more Easter ideas?
Here’s a few great Easter activities you and the family can do while waiting for your Easter Sugar Cookies to dry.
- DIY Easter Candy Basket
- Easter Scavenger Hunt
- Easter Bunny Approved Desserts
- DIY Easter Egg String Lights
Check out some more Easter Desserts.
- 3 cups flour
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup butter (2 sticks), cold
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 teaspoon extract flavor of choice – Vanilla, Lemon, and Almond are my favorites
- Premade Cookie Icing in white
- Food coloring
- Colored sugar crystals
Bake the Cookies
- Preheat the oven to 350F and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.
- Mix the flour and baking soda in a bowl and set aside.
- Cut the cold butter into 1-inch bits and mix in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment. Add in the sugar and mix until it’s light and fluffy - about 5 minutes. Beat in the egg and extract.
- Gradually add in the flour 1 cup at a time until it’s just combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. The mixture will be thick and crumbly.
- Transfer the dough to a large piece of plastic wrap. Cover it with a second piece of plastic wrap and press/roll out to 1/8″ thickness. Cut out your shapes and place them on the cookie sheet. Place the entire cookie sheet with the cookies into the freezer for 15 minutes, then bake for 9-12 minutes. Cool on the sheet for two minutes then transfer to a cooling rack.
- When all the cookies are baked and cooled, it’s time to decorate.
To decorate the cookies
- Spread a thin layer of your base icing. You can outline the cookie and fill it in or use an offset spatula to spread it. Allow the cookie icing to completely dry for 2 -3 hours.
- If you are coloring your cookie icing, add some to a bowl and add just a drop of the food coloring, and stir until the desired color is obtained.
- When the cookies are dry, outline the cookie and add any designs now. Pour the sprinkles over the wet icing and shake off the excess. The sprinkles should just stick to the wet icing. Set the cookie aside to completely dry. Overnight is best.
For the Ducks
- Fill with yellow cookie icing on the body and orange icing on the bill. Dry.
- Add blue icing to the bottom and add blue crystals. Dry.
- Outline with yellow and add three lines for the wings. Cover with yellow crystal and dry.
For the Carrots
- Fill with orange cookie icing and dry.
- Outline with orange icing and coat in orange crystals. Pipe on green and cover in green crystals. Dry.
For the Bunnies
- Fill with white cookie icing and dry.
- Outline with icing and add sprinkles. On the leaping bunny, I used white pearls sprinkles and on the sitting bunny, I used Nonpareils in Polka Dots. Use half a mini marshmallow for the tail.
For the Lambs
- Fill with white cookie icing and dry.
- Add dots of icing and cover with Classic Pearls.
Tools you might need:
- Piping bag
- Small bowl for mixing new colors
- Small offset spatula
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