Baking | Easter Sugar Cookies

Monday, 7 April 2014

Hello My HoneyBee's

Easter is coming and I am so excited to be spending it Mine & Dan's new home! Spring has definitely sprung (even though we only have the occasional sunny day) and Pinterest is bursting with gorgeous Easter images with pastels, pearls and adorable baby animals .. all of which has left me inspired to do some Easter baking <3

So, I made some Easter Sugar Cookies & they just turned out sooo yummy that I wanna share the recipe with y'all! They are so easy to make and you can decorate them in so many ways so be creative and messy!

Lets start by preparing ourselves! I put on my cute hello kitty apron - I love it because it has pockets in the front! Also tie your hair back so it stays out of your face :)

For the ingredients you are going to need;
.210g flour (I used whole wheat!)
.1/2 Tsp Baking powder
. A pinch of salt
.125g Softened Butter
. 110g Granulated sugar
. 1/2 a Beaten Egg
.1 Tsp Vanilla
This will make around 20 cookies! 
You will also need some Easter themed Cookie cutters - just like these from Lakeland.

The first step is so cream together the Butter and sugar - make sure they are really well combined.
Then you need to add in the Beaten egg and vanilla and mix until you get a creamy consistency. 
Finish this off by sprinkling in the salt and sifting in the flour and baking powder.
Mix this all until it forms a dough - if it is a little sticky just add a little more flour (a tablespoon at a time!)
Now you need to gather allllll the dough into a ball, cling wrap it and put it into the fridge for about 30-45 minutes, this will allow it to get nice and firm.

Just enough time for a Nutella Toast Break ;)

Once the time has passed, pre heat your oven to 175C/350F/GasMark4, this way the cookies will get an even amount of heat over them once they are put in the oven :) You will also need to grease your baking tray - I just used some butter to do this!

Now you need to flour the surface that you will roll your dough on, and also flour your rolling pin - no stickiness here! You can just gently roll out your dough to whichever thickness you like best - I didn't measure mine I just stopped rolling when I thought it looked right :)

Then cut out your shapes and place them onto the tray - make sure you leave a gap between them, though, so that they don't join up when they are cooking! It took me 3 trays to bake all my cookies but it's better to do this than have them all joint up!

Now you just need to pop them into the oven for 8-10 minutes (or until golden brown!).

After you haver taken them out of the oven just let them cool on the tray for 5 minutes, then you can scoop them up and put them onto a cooling rack or plate!
They look so cute when they come out of the oven and are good enough to eat already - but try to resist!!
I Baked some tiny star shaped cookies, too, to make my bunnies cotton tails!

Whilst the cookies are cooling its a good idea to gather your decorative items!
There are so many options, edible glitters, food dyes, icing writing pens, and other edible delights, too!
I would say that the least you will need is some icing sugar and a couple of food dyes, then you can create some patterns and pretty designs :)

Once your cookies are completely cooled you can start to decorate!
I like to put my 'naked' cookies on a plate or cake stand so that you can twist and turn them easily to get to each angle while decorating!
I mixed some food dyes to get the colours I needed but didn't have to hand - for example I needed orange so I mixed some red and yellow dyes!
Your icing will need to be fairly thick - but not stiff- so that it stays in the design you want and doesn't run off the edge of the cookie.
If you have piping equipment then it is a great thing to use for the cookies but if not you could just us the back of a blunt knife to spread the icing! I am using my piping bag and a very fine round nozzle which easily creates thin lines and detailed patterns.

I found that the best way to keep the icing neat was to trace an outline first and then fill in the middle - that way it never spills out!
As the icing is a little thicker than usual, you might find it hard to spread, so boil a kettle and put the water in a cup, then sit a knife into it for a few seconds, then use the knife to spread the icing - it will temporarily melt it and make it much easier to move about!

You can be so creative and create any pattern you like! I used my white writing icing to create some lines and designs and I used some cute white shimmer pearls to add extra prettiness!
I loved using pastel shades as they are very popular at Easter time <3

When they are all finished they look so lovely! I gave mine to Dan to take to work for him & his friends but I did keep a couple by for myself and they are so buttery and light and yummy - everyone will love them!

They are perfect for a snack after your Easter Roast dinner and would even look good wrapped in cellophane and tied with a bow as a cute little Easter Gift <3

I hope you enjoyed this recipe - be sure to share pictures of your cookie creations on my facebook or Twitter page and look out for my Creme Egg Brownie Recipe coming Next Week ;)

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