EASTER SUGAR COOKIE

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Easter sugar cookies

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Get into the festive spirit of Easter with these delightful Easter Sugar Cookies. These soft and buttery cookies are perfect for decorating with colorful buttercream frosting and sprinkles, making them a fun and delicious treat for the whole family to enjoy during the holiday season.

Why Make Easter Sugar Cookies

Easter Sugar Cookies are a delightful way to celebrate the joy of Easter. Whether you’re making them for a festive gathering, a school event, or simply to enjoy at home, these cookies are sure to bring smiles to everyone’s faces. Plus, they’re fun to decorate, making them a great activity for kids and adults alike.

How to Make Easter Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and lightly grease a baking sheet(s).
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the softened butter, vegetable oil, and sour cream. Beat on medium speed for one minute.
  4. Add the sugar and vanilla extract to the mixture and beat until smooth.
  5. Gradually add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix on low speed just until the dough forms a ball.
  6. Use a two-inch cookie scoop to portion out the cookie dough and place them on the prepared baking sheet, leaving the edges rough.
  7. Use the bottom of a glass to flatten each cookie slightly, creating jagged edges.
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are slightly browned.
  9. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Buttercream Frosting:

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, cream together the butter, milk, and vanilla extract.
  2. Gradually add the powdered sugar, beating until smooth and creamy.
  3. Optionally, add gel coloring to achieve the desired color.

Decorating:

  1. Once the cookies have cooled completely, generously frost each cookie with the buttercream frosting.
  2. Sprinkle with coarse sugar and Easter sprinkles of your choice.
  3. Allow the frosting to set before storing the cookies in a container, placing parchment paper between the layers for storage.

Serving Suggestions

Serve these Easter Sugar Cookies as a festive dessert or snack during Easter celebrations. They also make a wonderful homemade gift when packaged in colorful cellophane bags or boxes tied with ribbon.

Storage Info

Store the decorated Easter Sugar Cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week. They can also be frozen for longer storage, but be sure to allow them to come to room temperature before serving.

Some Techniques or Tips

  • For extra flavor, you can add a dash of almond extract to the sugar cookie dough.
  • To achieve vibrant colors in the frosting, use gel food coloring instead of liquid food coloring.
  • Experiment with different shapes of cookie cutters to create a variety of Easter-themed cookies, such as bunnies, eggs, chicks, and flowers.

Variation

Customize your Easter Sugar Cookies by adding other decorations such as edible glitter, mini chocolate eggs, or royal icing designs. You can also swap out the vanilla extract in the frosting for other flavors like lemon, orange, or almond for a unique twist.

FAQs about Easter Sugar Cookies

  1. Can I make the cookie dough ahead of time and freeze it? Yes, you can prepare the cookie dough ahead of time and freeze it for up to three months. Simply wrap the dough tightly in plastic wrap and place it in a freezer-safe bag or container. Thaw the dough in the refrigerator overnight before baking.
  2. Can I use margarine instead of butter in the cookie dough? While margarine can be used as a substitute for butter, it may affect the flavor and texture of the cookies. Butter provides a richer flavor and better texture in sugar cookies, so it’s recommended to use butter for the best results.
  3. Can I omit the sour cream in the cookie dough? Sour cream adds moisture and tenderness to the cookies, resulting in a softer texture. However, if you prefer, you can omit the sour cream and increase the amount of butter slightly, though the texture of the cookies may be slightly different.

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