Easter Basket Cookies
Pillsbury Cookie Dough
(16 oz.) package Pillsbury™ refrigerated sugar cookie dough
cup Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting
green fruit roll ups, sliced into very thin pieces
packages Motts™ original assorted fruit flavored snacks
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
Slice the refrigerated sugar cookie dough into about 18 1/4 inch rounds and lay out on a baking sheet. (Or you can roll out the dough with a rolling pin, and use a circle cookie cutter to cut out rounds.)
Bake according to package instructions until lightly golden. Remove and let cool.
Use a smaller round cookie cutter to cut out the center of 12 cookies to form rings. Then assemble your basket cookie stacks by layering one solid circle cookie on the bottom layer, then stacking two ring cookies on top. Adhere the cookies to one another by placing a thin layer of frosting in between each layer.
Add a ring of licorice to the inside of each basket to form the handle, securing with frosting. Then fill with the shredded fruit Roll-Ups for grass and the fruit snacks.
Serve immediately and enjoy!
More About This Recipe
- These might be the “sweetest” Easter baskets you’ve ever seen!
It’s about that time again to start making your Easter baskets! Although this year, why not try the edible kind?
These adorable Easter Basket Cookies the perfect sweet treat for your celebration, filled with all sorts of sweet goodies. And when made with these simple Pillsbury cookies, they also make a fun and easy cooking craft that you can invite kiddos to help make.
Here is the how to...
Start with refrigerated Pillsbury sugar cookie dough.
Slice it into ¼-inch rounds, or roll it out and cut it with your desired size of round cookie cutter to form 18 cookies. Bake according to package instructions. Remove from the oven and let cool.
Use a smaller round cookie cutter to hollow out the centers of 12 cookies. Then assemble your baskets with 3 cookie layers each – a full (filled-in) circle on the bottom, stacked with two cookie rings on top. Adhere the cookies together with a thin layer of frosting.
Loop licorice to form the basket “handles”, and secure the licorice with frosting.
Fill each basket with thinly-sliced green Fruit Roll-Ups and Mott’s fruit snacks.
Serve immediately and enjoy!
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30 Sweet Easter Cookies That Bring All the Spring Cheer
These adorable bunny, chick, and flower cookies are all egg-cellent options.
Easter Sunday is on its way, which only means one thing &mdash it's cookie decorating season! When it comes to making the best desserts for Easter, everyone knows that you can never go wrong with cookies that feature bunnies, baby chicks, and pastel-colored eggs &mdash so we've rounded up the best (and cutest!) Easter cookie recipes to make for the holiday this year.
From treats that contain lemon to desserts topped with Cadbury eggs, these delicious Easter cookies incorporate the colors and tastes of the season to make for the most delectable and festive spring desserts yet &mdash and the best part of it all is that they're the perfect post-Easter egg hunt treat to feast on if you're craving even more sugar! And if you're looking for even more ways to dress up your dessert table, we&rsquove also got the best spring cupcake ideas, Peeps treats and more Easter treats and sweets, so you can definitely make this Easter the sweetest one yet.
- Vanilla Double Cream Stuffed Cookies
- Shoestring Licorice Rope
- White Almond Bark
- Nilla Wafers
- Green Frosting
- Cut the vanilla double dream stuffed cookies in half. Carefully melt the almond bark and dip the bottom half of the cut vanilla double dream stuffed cookie and place the cookie onto a vanilla wafer. Let set.
- Cut lengths of shoestring licorice and insert the tips of the licorice into the cream portion of the cookies.
- Pipe the green frosting onto the top of the cookie to resemble Easter grass. Place chocolate covered sunflower seeds into the frosting.
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20 Easter Cookies Perfect to Treat Your Family This Month
From kid-friendly to springtime-elegant, there's something here for everyone.
While it's important to dye eggs, hide baskets, and make sure the Easter bunny says hello, the holiday isn't really over until everyone has had their fill of a wide variety of Easter treats, both before Easter dinner and of course for dessert. Along with all the best candy (cough cough Cadbury eggs cough), there are all the baked goods that make this springtime holiday so special. You can bake a big Easter cake of course, or brownies, but we say there's nothing like having a whole platter piled high with all sorts of beautiful Easter cookies.
Cookies can run the gamut from simple chocolate chip to elegantly decorated bunnies, jam cookies with chicks, or even super cute nests housing a few tiny, pastel-colored chocolate eggs, perhaps with a peep or other chick on top, to complete the scene. There are dozens of ways to decorate, and the bright, light color palette of spring lends itself especially well to sugar cookies. Here, we've got nearly two dozen of our favorite Easter cookie ideas, from darling little bunny tails that couldn't be simpler, to absolutely gorgeous speckled egg cookies that are guaranteed to stun your guests (and get at least one request that you start your own bakery!).
Whether you're celebrating Easter with an outdoor egg hunt and a big brunch this year, or planning something more low key with just a few close family members, there's always room on the table for a batch or two of these cookies.
One of the best things about these Easter cookies is they STORE well for several days. Place them in an airtight container, along with a piece of white bread to help keep them soft, and they’ll last at room temperature for 4-5 days.
You can also FREEZE them in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months.
To store the DOUGH, cover the bowl and keep the dough in the fridge for up to 3 days before scooping it and baking.
For longer storage, scoop the dough balls (I would hold off on adding the extra M&Ms and chocolate chips to the top because they tend to fall off in the freezer), and line them up onto a baking sheet. Put the sheet in the freezer until they are solid, then transfer them to a freeze safe container. The dough balls can freeze for up to 3 months.
Allow them to thaw on a cookie sheet for about 20 minutes. If you desire, add extra M&Ms and chips to the top before baking.
35 Best Easter Cookies to Add a Sweet Bite to Your Holiday
Easter might just be the sweetest holiday. With store-bought Easter candy like Cadbury eggs and marshmallow Peeps, impressive homemade Easter cakes, and traditional treats like hot cross buns, there's no shortage of Easter desserts for everyone to enjoy. One kind of treat doubles as a fun activity for the whole family: Easter cookies. You don't have to be a pro baker or master decorator to make a great batch of easy Easter cookies&mdashjust choose one of these recipes!
Some of the best Easter cookie recipes are inspired by classic springtime desserts like carrot cake and Key lime pie&mdashbut in an easy-to-make, bite-size form. Others are bigger projects that involve cutting out dough to look like chicks, bunnies, and butterflies, or piping your best Easter egg designs with buttercream or royal icing. (There's even a fun marbled icing technique in the mix!) No matter what route you choose, baking and decorating Easter cookies is a great way to sweeten your holiday spread and entertain kids and adult alike.
Keep reading for a closer look at some of the best Easter cookie recipes, and for more holiday inspiration, check out these Easter cupcake ideas and the best Easter cocktails.
Easter Basket Cookies
Makes 20 Easter Basket Cookies
- Sugar Cookies
- 1 cup (8-ounces) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup (7-ounces) granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 Tablespoon milk
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 cups (15-ounces) all-purpose flour
- Confectioners' sugar for rolling out the cookie dough
- Easter Basket Cookies
- 1 recipe for sugar cookies, cut into 4-inch egg shapes
- Pink, white, and green decorator frosting
- Pastel colored M&M's
Place butter and sugar in large bowl beat until light in color. Add egg and milk and beat to combine. Add baking soda and salt beat until combined. Gradually add flour beat on low just until the dough comes together. Divide the dough in half, wrap in waxed paper, and refrigerate for 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 375º F. Sprinkle surface where you will roll out dough with confectioners' sugar.
Remove 1 wrapped pack of dough from refrigerator at a time and place on prepared surface. Sprinkle the top with confectioners' sugar and cover with parchment paper. Roll out dough to ¼-inch thick. Move the dough around and check underneath frequently to make sure it is not sticking. If dough has warmed during rolling, place cold cookie sheet on top for 10 minutes to chill. Cut with 4-inch egg-shaped cookie cutter. Place at least 1-inch apart on parchment, or silicone baking mat.
Bake at 375°F for 11 to 12 minutes or until cookies are just beginning to turn brown around the edges. As soon as cookies come out of the oven, shape by cutting with 4-inch egg-shaped cookie cutter. Yield: 20 egg-shaped sugar cookies.
Easter Basket Cookies
Use the above recipe or your own sugar cookie recipe. 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 cool 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 weave 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 pastel colored M&M's in grass.
Yield: 20 Easter Basket Cookies
16 Truly Exceptional Easter Cookie Recipes
A celebration of both religious traditions and the arrival of spring, Easter festivities include some of the best things in life: family and food. An easy way to incorporate the two is by baking Easter cookies with those you love most. And as one of the first times of the year when it's finally warm enough to enjoy outdoor activities like gardening or a traditional Easter egg hunt, use nature as your inspiration and create something unique like our decadent Bird's Nest Cookies. Not only do they taste amazing, but they also look lovely placed inside of a homemade Easter basket. You'll want to make a batch for yourself and one to share with your friends.
Take your classic Easter desserts up a notch and create a number of our decorative Easter cookies. After feasting on a glorious baked ham or leg of lamb, serve Lemon-Ginger Cookies with Mint as a tasty palate cleanser. For an artful option, lay out a plate of our pastel-hued Marbleized Easter Eggs or our adorable Easter Chicks, which use simple shortbread and sugar cookie dough as the vessel for the enchanting icing designs. If hand-painted projects are not your forte, go for a dessert with a powerful flavor profile, like that of our Carrot-Cake Thumbprint treats, which take the traditional recipe and add a surprising ingredient: goat cheese.
Whether you're searching for a yummy dessert or a fun family-friendly activity, baking Easter cookies is a joy-filled way to pass the time. Ahead, choose one or many of these delicious treats to make for the very special Sunday.
Sugar Cookie Easter Basket Cookies
Create beautiful Easter basket cookies with ease. This is a great icing project for beginners because it doesn&rsquot require making royal icing. Buttercream icing is perfect and the store-bought icing right out the can works great! Use a weave pattern to make the basket then add green grass and jellybean eggs.
Aren&rsquot these sweet Easter basket cookies? The best part is that they weren&rsquot hard to decorate&ndash at all!! I am a beginner when it comes to icing techniques for decorating cookies & cakes with buttercream icing.
Cross cookies decorated with royal icing make a beautiful choice for Easter cookies too.
How do you create a basket pattern on these Easter cookies?
This basket weave pattern is created with careful attention to the order and placement of each row of icing.
Practice the pattern on a piece of bread first. It&rsquos much easier to grab a piece of bread instead of baking up a batch of cupcakes for icing practice. You&rsquoll get the hang of the basket weave in no time, then you&rsquore ready for these Easter basket cookies.
Watch the video to learn how to make the pattern for these Easter Basket Cookies
What kind of dough should I use for sugar cookies?
Use any cookie dough recipe you like. Refrigerated store-bought cookie dough is the shortcut taken here to make these Easter sugar cookies. The cookies baked in 12 minutes, cooled and I was ready to try my hand at icing them. Note that the dough expanded A LOT in the oven. No worries, simply press the egg cookie cutter into the baked cookies as soon as they come out of the oven to give your egg shape new life.
Icing tips make this project special and provide that basket texture look. These are the two icing tips I used came in a pack together&mdash the basket weave tip (number 47 for Wilton) and the grass (or hair) icing tip (number 233 for Wilton).
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Step by Step how to make Easter Sugar Cookies:
Pipe with a disposable icing bag and make one horizontal line of icing. Space out vertical lines across the width of your basket.
Continue to the next row by adding another solid horizontal line of icing at the base of your vertical lines. Fill in the gaps by placing vertical bars of icing that overlap your horizontal line.
Continue to the bottom of your basket. Create a basket handle with a line of icing around the top.
Add some &ldquograss&rdquo with green icing using the grass tip. Squeeze the icing such that a small bit builds under the tip then pull upwards to create the pieces of grass. Dab dots of icing on some jellybeans and add them as the eggs to your Easter basket.
Tools Used to Create these Easter Basket Cookies:
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Do you love decorating cookies as much as I do? Try your hand at using royal icing to make these designs:
Easter Basket Cookies originally posted in March 2012 updated in March 2018.
Holly Baker started the food blog, A Baker&rsquos House, in 2011. She is the writer, recipe creator, and photographer for the site. Holly loves to bake and shares recipes for gluten free food, canning recipes, as well as traditional desserts too. Her recipes and food photography have been highlighted by BuzzFeed, Reader&rsquos Digest, and She Knows.
Delicious Easter Cookies Recipes
These cookies are such a simple dessert, but filled with all the flavor! They are also great for any other time of the year as well!
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