Easter Bonnet Cookies

This is one of my older recipes. You can easily use homemade sugar cookie dough or just store bought.

Easter Bonnet Cookies
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 1 package (18 oz) refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 1 box (16 oz) confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons meringue powder
  • Food coloring
  • 12 large marshmallows
  • Pastel flower shaped candy decors
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare 24 round cookies according to the package directions. Place cookies on baking sheets. Bake cookies until golden brown (8 – 10 minutes). Cool on wire racks placed over waxed paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine confectioners’ sugar, water, and meringue powder. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Divide glaze among several small bowls; tint with food coloring.
  3. Cut marshmallows in half horizontally. Place a marshmallow half cut side down in the center of each cookie. Spoon glaze over each cookie coating the marshmallow and cookie evenly. Let dry.
  4. Once dry, you can decorate the hats. The recipe I had for this had me making icing which I am just not good enough to do. I cheated and bought gel icing to decorate. DO NOT DO THIS. The gel never dries. The next time I will buy the regular icing to decorate with. With these hats, you can be as creative as you want. For St. Patrick’s Day, you can use the whole marshmallow and green glaze to make top hat cookies or use whole marshmallows and chocolate glaze to make pilgrims hats for Thanksgiving!

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4th Of July Cookies

 

 

4th Of July Cookies
 
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Serves: 4-5 dozen
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 ¾ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Red food coloring
  • Blue food coloring
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven @ 350 degrees.
  2. Mix butter till creamy. Gradually add sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, milk, and vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add to creamed mixture. Use food coloring paste to tint one third of the dough red and another third blue, kneading the dough to evenly distribute the color. Leave the last third untinted. Chill for ease in handling (about 1 hr).
  3. Roll out cookie dough on lightly floured surface to ⅛” thickness. Cut out a bunch of larger stars. With a medium-size cutter, cut a star from the center of each large star. Now use the medium stars to fill in the centers of contrasting larger stars lightly pressing them in place. Press the medium stars into the larger stars' centers. Using a third, smaller cutter, you can even create tricolored stars.
  4. Bake for 8 - 10 minutes.

Fun Easter Cupcakes for Kids to Make

If you are looking for a fun, easy Easter activity to do with your kids, then give these Easter cupcakes a try.  After they are decorated they look like they have a little bird nest with eggs in it sitting on top of each cupcake.

You can easily substitute a store-bought cake mix and pre-made frosting for homemade, but if you have the time, your children will enjoy the work it takes to make homemade cupcakes. Baking with your kids teaches them an important life skill, and it’s also a great way to spend time together as a family. Decorating the cupcakes is the fun part. This recipe is very simple, and your kids will enjoy creating little bird nests on top of their cupcakes.

The bird nests are make out of flaked coconut.  You will be coloring the coconut green to look like grass. The bird eggs are jelly beans.

Your children will really enjoy coloring the coconut.  First have them put a handful of coconut into a ziploc bag.  Next have them dip a toothpick into green food coloring and then have them stir the coconut with the toothpick to distribute the food coloring throughout the coconut. Next help your children seal the ziploc bag and have them gently knead the bag until the coconut is completely green.

After the cupcakes are cool, they will be ready to decorate. Have your children spread on the frosting first then sprinkle with green coconut.  Your children can then arrange jelly beans or “bird eggs” on their coconut nests.

Vanilla Cupcake Recipe

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/3 cups sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 large eggs
Paper baking cups

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line muffin tins with paper baking cups.  Stir dry ingredients together first.  Next add shortening, milk, and vanilla.  Beat for 1 minute on medium speed.  Scrape side of bowl with a spatula.  Add eggs. Beat for 2 more minutes on medium speed. Fill baking cups 1/2 full.  Bake for 20 minutes. Place cupcakes on wire racks to cool. Makes approx. 36 cupcakes.

Icing:

3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2 tablespoons milk

With a mixer, blend the powdered sugar and butter.  Stir in vanilla and milk and mix until smooth.  If necessary, add more powdered sugar or milk to get desired consistency. You can add food coloring if you want to change the color of the frosting.

Baking can be one of your family’s new Easter traditions.  Activities like these are something your children can look forward to from one holiday to the next.

 

Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom of five. For more crafts, recipes, gardening, organizing tips, home decorating, holiday hints, and more, visit Creative Homemaking at http://www.creativehomemaking.com.