Get the kids to show their creative side this Easter with fun colour and design on these Easter cookies – sweet treats are so much fun to make!
- 200 g butter, chopped
- ½ cup icing sugar, sifted
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 1½ cups plain flour, sifted
- 2 cups icing sugar, sifted
- 30 g butter, melted
- 2 tbsps hot water
- A few drops each pink, blue, yellow food colouring
Preheat oven to slow, 150 C. Line 2 oven trays with baking paper.
In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and icing sugar together until pale and creamy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Lightly fold in flour to form a soft dough.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and shape into 2 discs. Wrap in plastic wrap; chill 15 mins.
Roll each disc out between 2 sheets baking paper until about 4 mm thick.
Using an 8-cm egg-shaped cutter (or an egg ring bent into shape), cut out biscuits. Cut each shape in half, in a zigzag pattern.
Arrange biscuits on trays 1cm apart. Bake 12 to 15 mins. Allow to cool on trays 5 mins, before transferring to wire rack to cool completely.
ICING To make icing, sift icing sugar into a large bowl. Add butter and water, stirring to form a spreadable consistency. Divide into 3 bowls and tint with food colouring. Transfer icing to separate snap-lock bags.
Pipe icing around outline of biscuits to create a border. Flood with remaining icing to fill. Pipe on patterns, such as dots or stripes, using other coloured icing. Allow to set.
Recipe & Photo: BauerSyndication.com.au