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Easter Cookies and a tip for rolling cookie dough

April 7, 2012

I think about making decorated cookies a lot more than I actually do it. I always seem to run out of time around Christmas, but Michele and I decided to make decorated cookies for Easter this year. I found some ideas and techniques in my copy of  Cookie Craft that I wanted to try out.

The bunnies have white outline and flood and white jimmies, and then some pink outline icing for the ears, nose and tail (I waited a couple of hours before adding the pink accents). Some have a mini-chocolate chip eye that was added when the flood was wet, and some have an eye that was glued on with pink frosting – adding the chip to the wet flood worked better. The white jimmies on white frosting idea is from the book, and it’s a nice touch.

These eggs have white outline and flood and chocolate jimmies and mini chocolate chips. I’ve tried to melt chocolate and decorate with it, but it is always a hassle, so I thought this was a good way to get some chocolate onto the cookies.

I also made eggs with pink outline and fill, and I used the wet-on-wet technique from the book to make the green dots. It’s green flood icing that goes on right after flooding the cookie. I was skeptical that this would work, but I like how it looks! These pastel colors were tough to photograph, but it looks like a watercolor effect. I had a lot of air bubbles, which I could have but did not pop with a toothpick. I’ll have to look into what, if anything, to do to prevent them.

After I made all the dotted cookies, I did a test cookie with squiggles made with the wet-on-wet technique. This would be really cute on an egg. The white jimmies are also cute on colored icing. Next time!

I also took some of the cookies and pressed mini chocolate chips into them before baking. This frosting-free version is tasty and easy.

I made my favorite cookie dough for these. It’s so buttery and good, but not the easiest dough to work with. So, when I looked through my copy of Cookie Craft and saw this tip for rolling dough, I was thrilled. Here’s my version of their tip.

Right after mixing the dough, put a portion of it on a sheet of parchment that’s the same size as your baking sheet.  Top with another sheet of parchment or wax paper and roll to 1/4″. Slide the whole thing (parchment, dough, and waxed paper) onto a baking sheet and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. When you cut the cookies, you can either transfer them to a new baking sheet, or you can leave them on the sheet they’re already on and just peel away the scrap dough. Since you’re not using any flour to roll the dough, you can re-roll with no worries of the dough drying out.

This method was fast, easy, and worked like a charm. If you don’t have a copy of Cookie Craft, Sweetopia is a great resource for cookie decorating information and recipes.

Be sure to stop over at Michele’s blog to see her cookies!

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12 comments

  1. they look great!


  2. Your cookies are just so cute! The bunnies are adorable. Maybe this winter we can try making Christmas cookies together. The decorating part was much easier than I thought it would be.

    Have a great Easter!


  3. Love all of your different designs! Happy Easter!


  4. How funny Jill – I am the same way. I have cutters and decorations and make the dough. But decorating them just never gets done! This is a smashing idea! Easy and quite unique – I am going to save this for the next “cutout cooky” holiday!


  5. LOVE LOVE LOVE these cookies. The squiggly eggs are my favorite!! Beautifully, beautifully done, Jill. I am so envious of your abilities!


  6. Thanks for the great idea about the parchment paper.
    I rarely make decorated cookies either, but yours are so pretty! Hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend.


  7. These cookies are adorable! Hope you had a happy Easter Jill.


  8. Your cookies are so cute Jill! Love them! I’ve never thought to put jimmies on the frosting, but it looks great.


  9. Jill, these are beautiful! I’m scared to pipe and flood, but you’ve inspired me to try 🙂


  10. These are all great but I think, I like the ones with the chocolate jimmies and chips, the best. They all are impressive.


  11. I am sure the flavors of this are wonderful but I have to say I am really loving the colors


  12. In my head, I always have time to decorate cookies. In real life, I don’t have the time or more to the point, the ability. Your cookies look great!



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