Turn ordinary sugar cookies into beautiful Easter Basket Cookies. They’re not only easy to make, but also make delightful Easter goodies for both young and old alike.
What You Need to Make Easter Basket Cookies:
To make these beautiful Easter Basket Cookies, I used the following: Sugar Cookies (stay tuned for the best recipe ever!), 4-inch egg-shaped cookie cutter, white decorator icing, pink decorator icing, green decorator icing, piping bags, couplers, #5 round tip, #18 star tip, #233 grass tip, pastel M&M’s, and pastel candies. I used purchased decorator icing, but you could also make your own buttercream icing.
Making the Egg-Shaped Cookies:
You can use either store-bought or homemade sugar cookie dough. Personally, I used my favorite sugar cookie recipe. I rolled it out to 1/4-inch thickness, and cut the egg-shaped cookies with the 4-inch cookie cutter.
I baked the cookies at 375° F for 11 to 12 minutes until they were golden browned around the edges. This particular recipe didn’t result in the cookies spreading too much. However, they did spread a bit. Therefore, as soon as I removed the cookies from the oven, I cut them again with the 4-inch cookie cutter to ensure perfectly shaped cookies.
The edges of the cookies were a bit rough from cutting them after they were cooked. Therefore, I smoothed the cookies by filing the edges on a wire mesh strainer. I learned this technique in a pasty class in Paris!
Decorating the Easter Basket Cookies:
Once the cookies were ready, I turned my attention to decorating them. First, I produced a basket weave on the bottom half of the cookies. I started by piping a horizontal line using a #5 round tip across the middle of a cookie. Then, I piped a vertical line from the center, close to the edge. Next, I piped spaced short horizontal lines over the vertical line. I piped another vertical line, followed by spaced short horizontal lines over the vertical line. I continued this until I had the complete basket weave on the bottom half of the cookie.
For the basket handle, I used the #18 star tip to pipe a row of stars. I finished the basket by piping “grass” using the #233 tip.
To complete the Easter Basket Cookies, I added some pastel colored M&M’s and small rounded candies.
I let the icing dry overnight before packing the Easter Basket Cookies. They’re not only easy to make, but also make delightful Easter goodies for both young and old. Yum!
Just in time for Easter - decorate sugar cookies baked in egg-shape to look like adorable easter baskets!
- 1 recipe for sugar cookies, cut into 4-inch egg shapes
Bake sugar cookies, cut into egg shape with 4-inch cookie cutter according to recipe directions. As soon as the cookies are removed from oven, shape by cutting with 4-inch cookie cutter. Transfer to wire rack to cook completely.
Smooth edges of cookies by "filing" on wire mesh strainer.
Fill piping bag with white/pink decorator icing, fitted with coupler. Starting with #5 round tip, pipe horizontal line in the middle of cookie. Pipe vertical line from center, close to edge. Pipe 4 or 5 spaced horizontal lines across vertical line. Pipe another vertical line. Pipe horizontal lines, creating basket weave. Continue until basket is formed.,
Replace #5 tip with #18 star tip. Pipe basket handle with individual stars.
Fill piping bag with green decorator icing, fitted with coupler and #233 grass tip. Pipe grass in basket. Finish by placing small candies in grass.