I grew up making sugar cookies for every holiday. Sugar cookies always get me in the mood for a holiday and my favorite holiday to make cookies for is Easter. I can't believe that Easter is this Sunday..it came out of nowhere! Over the weekend I baked Easter sugar cookies and I am going to share with you my family recipe...you can find my sugar cookie recipe at the end of this post.
Once you have followed the recipe at the end of this post, you will need to chill the dough in the fridge for a few hours so that it is easier to work with. I like to put plenty of flour on my work surface and on the dough itself so that it does not stick to the table and the rolling pin.
I like to use three cookie cutters for Easter, a tulip, the Easter Bunny and an Easter egg.
Here is a picture so you can see how thin I roll out the dough...you can see some of the lemon rind coming out of the tulip..yum.
Once you put them in the oven they only take 8 minutes. They might not look all the way done but be sure to check the bottom. The bottom browns faster than the top(see the bottom of the egg cookie below) and before you know it they will burn to a crisp if you are not keeping an eye on them.
Now for my fancy icing recipe. I just use powdered sugar, milk and food coloring. I just eyeball it and add more sugar or milk depending on the consistency that I want. Here is my set up...all ready to start icing...
My favorite sugar cookie to make is the Easter Bunny! I use mini chocolate chips for the eyes, a star sprinkle for the nose and chocolate sprinkles for the whiskers. I put pink icing in the ears and then sprinkle coconut around the outside of the ears. I think he is so cute!
Sugar Cookie Recipe
1 1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter
Cream the butter and sugar together until soft.
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp lemon rind (optional, you can also add a dash of lemon extract if you really like lemon)
1/4 teaspoon salt
Add 3 cups of flower and chill for 3 to 4 hours
Bake at 400 for 8 minutes on a greased cookie sheet.
Mix powdered sugar and milk(you only need a little milk, start with just a tablespoon or two and add from there) to your desired consistency and add food coloring.