EASTER COOKIES/ Easter Pastels

Who says Cutout Cookies are only for Christmas? Well, they definitely are an annual holiday tradition but I decided to make them for Easter. These bunnies, chicks, eggs and crosses look like spring decked out in pastel sugars. Of course, I used my standout cutout recipe.

Easter Cutout Cookies
3/4 cup Butter (1½ sticks), softened
2½ cups Flour
1 cup Sugar
2 Eggs
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Vanilla
CK Sanding Sugar (Pink, Soft Blue, Pastel Pink, Lilac, Lavender)

Mix Butter until creamy. Add Sugar, Eggs, Baking Powder, Vanilla and half the Flour.
Add remaining Flour and mix just until incorporated.
Divide dough in two halves, wrap in plastic and chill for 2 hours.

Roll out and cut into shapes. Sprinkle with Sanding Sugar.

Bake at 375 for 7 to 8 minutes until edges are slightly golden brown. Makes 5-6 dozen.
[This recipe is from Better Homes and Gardens Christmas Cookie Edition 1991] 




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Besides March Madness, the other big thing this month is St. Patrick's Day. It's the perfect excuse to wear green and party with friends on a day when everyone is Irish. For this post, I thought it would be fun to view some of the beautiful scenery from the Emerald Isle. The tour begins.

 County Map of Ireland (Source: Maproom.com)

Cliffs of Moher, County Clare

Scenic Countryside

Connemara, County Galway

Irish Roadway

Downtown Cork, County Cork

Castle, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Giant's Causeway, Antrim, Northern Ireland

Street in Killarney, County Kerry

Donegal Coast, County Donegal

(Source: Pixabay)

I purchased this shamrock stencil last summer from The Cookie Countess and couldn't wait to use it.

Shamrock Cookies
Shamrock Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Cream with AmeriColor Egg Yellow
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Shamrock Stencil
AmeriColor Airbrush Color (Leaf Green, Lemon Yellow, Orange)
Airbrush Kit 

It makes for a festive cookie to celebrate the wearin' of the green.
Outline cookie with #2 tip in cream icing
Flood cookie with cream icing. Let dry overnight.

Place stencil on cookie.

Spray with various airbrush colors. Gently lift stencil.

Let dry 30 minutes.



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