Easter Egg Sugar Cookie Recipe

This Easter Egg Sugar Cookie Recipe is perfect for making these pretty easter eggs with royal icing! They make a great gift when paired with this free printable Easter gift tag.

Easter Egg Sugar Cookies with Printable Gift Tag

I’m a huge fan of creating treats for every occasion, especially delicious ones like these. These classic sugar cookies are fun to make to celebrate Easter and take to your next event or party!

Too busy to make this right away? Pin it for later! Pin this easy recipe to your favorite board on Pinterest and it will be waiting there when you’re ready.

Sugar cookie dough is super versatile and easy to make with only a few ingredients from the grocery store. Start with simple ingredients like butter, granulated sugar and all purpose flour.

Easter Egg Sugar Cookies with Printable Gift Tag

Be sure to set aside enough time to decorate the cookies, you may even want to spread decorating out over a few days. When adding details it’s important to wait until the layer of flooded icing is completely dry otherwise the icing may crack and the colors will bleed.

These lovely patterned Easter egg cookies look amazing in an easter basket full of milk chocolate eggs or paired with a white chocolate panoramic sugar eggs on a bed of green easter grass. Dusted with confectioners’ sugar and placed in a clear plastic bag, it would make a great centerpiece on your Easter table!

Before you get started make sure that you have everything that you need to make and decorate these cookies. I found our cookie cutters and icing bottles at Michaels but you can also order them from Amazon below.

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Easter Egg Sugar Cookies with Printable Gift Tag

This is my grandma’s classic sugar cookie recipe – time tested and delicious. The only thing that I have changed over the years is swapped out shortening for butter.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Tip: Pre-made Pillsbury refrigerated sugar cookie dough can be used to create these cookies as well. Simply add 1/4 cup of flour to the dough, combine well and roll as directed. I love quick mom hacks like this!

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Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

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2. In a large bowl with electric mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment, combine dry ingredients. Add butter, egg, milk and vanilla. Mix on medium speed until a soft dough forms.

sugar cookie process

3. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least one hour. This helps to prevent the dough from spreading when baked.

sugar cookie process

4. Dust your surface with flour and use a rolling pin to roll the dough to 1/4″ thickness on the floured surface.

5. Use cookie cutters to cut shapes from the dough. Place the cookies on the prepared baking sheet.

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6. Bake until the cookies are lightly brown around the edges, about 7 minutes.

7. Place the cookies on a wire rack to cool.

This recipe will make about 60 rectangular shaped cookies.

Sugar Cookie Process

Use my Easy Royal Icing Recipe with meringue powder to make the best icing for these cookies! You will need light green, pink, blue and white royal icing.

I like to use icing bottles rather than a piping bag, I find them easier to fill and work with. Here I have our icing tinted with different colors of food coloring all ready to go in a separate bowl covered in plastic wrap.

Easter Sugar Cookies Process

Royal Icing Tips

  • If the icing is too hard, add more water one drop at a time.
  • If the icing is too soft, add more powdered sugar one teaspoon at a time.
  • Icing can be stored at room temperature in a an airtight container for up to two weeks.
  • To use, mix the royal icing with a hand mixer so that it becomes smooth and shiny again.
  • Flood consistency is reached when a spoonful dropped onto a flat surface takes 10 – 15 seconds to become completely smooth.
Easter Sugar Cookies Process

These instructions will show you how to make easter egg designs like mine. Don’t be afraid to experiment and get creative creative! Have fun with the process and try something new.

How to Decorate Easter Egg Sugar Cookies

Easter Egg Sugar Cookie Process

1. Outline each cookie with a line of icing in an oval egg shape. Flood the center of the egg shape and use a toothpick or scribe to coax icing into corners or spaces.

Easter Egg Sugar Cookie Process

2. Before the icing dries add your designs. Pipe stripes onto the wet icing oval and use a scribe or toothpick to pull through the lines creating a zig zag pattern. This technique is called wet on wet icing.

Easter Egg Sugar Cookies with Printable Gift Tag

3. To create polka dots, drop dots of icing onto the oval egg before it dries.

Easter Egg Sugar Cookies with Printable Gift Tag

Wet on wet icing allows you to create all kinds of fun, swirly designs. It’s fun to practise and play around with this technique!

Easter Egg Sugar Cookies with Printable Gift Tag

Polk dots are probably the most classic, easy wet on wet design. Fun for the whole family to create! Be sure to check out these Easter Sugar Cookies to learn how to make a carrot or bunny rabbit too.

Easter Sugar Cookies

You could experiment with all kinds of cookie shapes and icing colors using these techniques. Each and every cookie is sure to look completely unique!

Easter Egg Sugar Cookies with Printable Gift Tag

Allow the icing to harden for at least four hours before packaging or storing the cookies. These look amazing wrapped in cellophane and packaged up with a bit of twine.

Add the free printable gift tag for a quick Easter gift idea! Follow this Easter Cookie tutorial to create a cute bunny or carrot too.

Easter Egg Sugar Cookies with Printable Gift Tag

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Easter Sugar Cookies with Printable Gift Tag

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Easter Egg Sugar Cookie Recipe

Yield: 60
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 27 minutes

This Easter Egg Sugar Cookie Recipe is perfect for making these pretty easter eggs with royal icing! They make a great gift when paired with this free printable Easter gift tag.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

1. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl with an electric mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment, combine dry ingredients. Add butter, egg, milk and extract. Mix on medium speed until a soft dough forms.

3. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least one hour. This helps to prevent the dough from spreading when baked.

4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

5. Dust your surface with flour and use a rolling pin to roll the dough to 1/4" thickness on the floured surface.

6. Use cookie cutters to cut shapes from the dough. Place the cookies on the prepared baking sheet.

7. Bake until the cookies are lightly brown around the edges, about 7 minutes.

8. Place the cookies on a wire rack to cool before decorating with royal icing.

Notes

Use the step by step instructions in the blog post to decorate each cookie.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 60 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 43Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 45mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 1g

All values are approximate and based on ingredients used by the recipe writer. Always calculate your own individual nutritional values for the most accurate calculation.

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