Easter Sugar Cookies

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These easter sugar cookies take classic, sweet sugar cookies and tops them with colorful icing to create a collection of rainbow-colored cookies that are perfect for any Easter get-togethr.

Closeup shot of Easter sugar cookies stacked top one another.

These delicious sugar cookies are as pretty as they are delicious. Pink, yellow, and green icing bring the colors of Easter and spring to your Easter table.

Easter Sugar Cookie

I love making sugar cookies. They’re one of my go-tos whenever I make cookies. These delicious cookies are simple to make and the icing I added to the top makes them so colorful and fun.

Closeup shot of two Easter sugar cookies stacked atop one another.

Ingredients

You only need a few simple ingredients to make these equally simple cookies.

Cookie Ingredients: 

  • sugar 
  • butter
  • eggs 
  • milk
  • vanilla
  • flour
  • baking powder 
  • salt 

Icing Ingredients:

  • powdered sugar
  • milk
  • vanilla
  • green, pink, yellow, and blue food coloring
  • sprinkles of your choice 
Overhead shot of cookie ingredients in individual bowls.

Instructions

It takes several steps to make these cookies, but they’re all very easy when you break them down.

Cookie Directions

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

Step 2: Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper.

Step 3: In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar together with a hand mixer.

Step 4: Add egg, milk, and vanilla. Mix again until smooth.

Closeup overhead shot of wet cookie dough ingredients in bowl

Step 5: Add flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix until dough forms.

Step 6: Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place them onto a prepared baking sheet.

Hand holding a ball of dough

Step 7: Using a glass dipped in flour, press each dough ball down until it is about 1/2-inch thick.

Closeup shot of glass being used to press down the cookie dough

Step 8: Bake for 9 minutes or until the tops begin to brown.

Step 9: Allow cookies to cool completely. 

Closeup shot of unfrosted Easter sugar cookies on cooling rack

Icing Directions:

Step 10: Whisk powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla together.

Step 11: If icing is too thick, add more milk. If icing is too thin, add more powdered sugar.

Step 12: Split icing between 4 small bowls

Step 13: Add 2 drops of color food coloring to each bowl, creating 4 different colored icing.

Overhead shot of bowls of icing with a dot of food coloring in each

Step 14: Dip cooled cookies into the icing.

Closeup shot of top of sugar cookie being dipped into blue icing

Step 15: Immediately add sprinkles of your choice.

Step 16: Allow icing to harden and serve. 

Closeup shot of hand holding iced Easter sugar cookie

Equipment

You’ll need a few simple tools to make these cookies.

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Bowls
  • Whisk or fork
  • Spoon
  • Cookie sheet
  • Wire cooling rack

Substitutions

Shortening: Use shortening instead of butter for fluffier cookies.

Closeup shot of three Easter sugar cookies with bite taken out of top cookie

Options

Looking for ways to change up these Easter sugar cookies? Here are some suggestions.

Frosting: Use food coloring to color vanilla frosting for a different look and feel.

Your Favorite Sprinkles: Use any of your favorite colorful sprinkles. They come in all shapes and sizes.

Tips:

  • Be sure your butter is fully softened before creaming it with the sugar.
  • When making your icing, adjust the thickness so that it’s easy to dip the cookies but not so thin that it won’t stick.
  • Always be sure your cookies are fully cooled before icing so that the icing sticks.
Closeup shot of frosted Easter sugar cookie.

More Cookie Recipes

FAQ

How long are iced sugar cookies good?

They’ll keep for about a week in the refrigerator.

Why are my sugar cookies dry?

Dry or crumbly sugar cookies are most commonly caused by over-mixing or using too much flour.

What is the consistency of sugar cookie dough?

It should be about the same consistency as play-doh.

Three Easter sugar cookies stacked atop one another.

Easter Sugar Cookies

Ready to cook these Easter sugar cookies? Then print the recipe card below.

Yield: 30 cookies

Easter Sugar Cookies

Easter Sugar Cookies

These iced Easter sugar cookies have all the flavor of our favorite cookie and all the colors of spring and Easter. AND they're super easy.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 39 minutes

Ingredients

  • Cookie Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 
3 1/4 cups flour

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Icing Ingredients:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar

  • 3-4 tbsp milk
  • 
1 tsp vanilla

  • green, pink, yellow, and blue food coloring
  • sprinkles of your choice

Instructions

  1. Cookie Directions:
  2. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  3. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper
  4. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar together with a hand mixer.
  5. Add egg, milk, and vanilla. Mix again until smooth.
  6. Add flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix until dough forms. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place them onto a prepared baking sheet.
  7. Using a glass dipped in flour, press each dough ball down until it is about 1/2-inch thick.
  8. Bake for 9 minutes or until the tops begin to brown.
  9. Allow cookies to cool completely. 
  10. Icing Directions:
  11. Whisk powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla together. (If icing is too thick, add more milk. If icing is too thin, add more powdered sugar.)
  12. Split icing between 4 small bowls
  13. Add 2 drops of color food coloring to each bowl, creating 4 different colored icing.
  14. Dip cooled cookies into the icing.
  15. Immediately add sprinkles of your choice.
  16. Allow icing to harden and serve. 

Nutrition Information

Yield

30

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 173Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 24mgSodium 123mgCarbohydrates 30gFiber 0gSugar 19gProtein 2g

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