Easter Cookies

Okay, so here I go with my first real post.  I will warn you right now that this particular activity is not for the faint of heart.  There are several different parts to this that are each fairly time consuming, but the kiddos can help with all of it and it can be lots of fun to do this over a few days.  Also, I did this a few days ago without this blog in mind, so I didn’t take as many pictures of the process as I should have.  Sorry!  Here is a preview of the finished product: Butterly Cookie

Step 1:  Make the cookie dough.  To make the cookies you can use any recipe you like for rolled and cut cookies.  My kids love the one from the Family Fun web site. If you use that recipe, omit the food colouring.  I used a fun set of spring cookie cutters including bunnies, a butterfly, a chick, an Easter egg and a cute umbrella.  The kids and I made the batter on Friday and left it in the fridge overnight.  On Saturday the dough was too stiff to work, so I had to leave it on the counter for about an hour to soften up.

Buttercream Icing

Buttercream Icing

Step 2:  Make the icing.  Again, you can use any icing that your family likes.  This time I used the Wilton buttercream recipe, but I think a nice cream cheese icing would taste really great as well.  We made the icing while we waited for the cookie dough to soften.  The kids helped me make one batch of icing and separate it into five smaller portions.  Then we used Wilton colours to make five different colours of icing.  The kids found this part particularly fun 🙂  All the colours turned out well except for Delphinium Blue, which is the grey mush up in the top right corner.  Maybe if I had added more colouring it would have come out more blue, but as it stands it looks pretty yucky!

cookie decorations

cookie decorations

Step 3:  Decorate!  My kids are 2 and 4, so I spread the icing for them.  My 4 year old tried to do his first one by himself, but ended up breaking the cookie.  I took over to save some frustration.  Then they added on the decorations of their choosing.  I gave them each four small bowls of different decorations that I had purchased at the bulk barn.

Step 4:  Enjoy 🙂  The best part is eating the cookies.  I was amazed that my 4 year old diligently decorated six cookies before sampling, but was not surprised that my 2 year old was sampling the candy before she got any onto her first cookie.  All in all a tasty and fun activity that uses up a lot of time for kids who are excited that Easter is coming.