Easter is still a week away and Cole is already preparing for the Easter Bunny’s arrival. Today he wrote several notes for Mr. Bunny, and made bunnies out of pipe-cleaner and foam paper. These little handmade treasures are now hidden around our house for the Easter Bunny to find. I only hope that I..*ahem*… I mean, Easter Bunny, can find them all on Easter Eve.
We’ll be away visiting my parents over Easter, so I wanted to make an Easter treat with the kids this weekend while I had time. These sugar cookies with egg-yolk paint were a simple and fun activity that we all enjoyed. Weekends are our time to have some fun and make a mess in the kitchen together.
I didn’t have any egg-shaped cookie-cutters, so I just used a plastic cup. It was a Spiderman cup, of course. If you’re not cool enough to own a plastic Spiderman cup, then I suppose you could use any plastic cup that is somewhat bendable. I squeezed it on both sides to form an oval shape as I pressed it down into the dough.
Cole took that photo of my hands because I don’t have three hands, although that would be handy for taking food photos. I think he did a pretty good job! Pretty, pretty good <insert Larry David’s voice>. I’ll have to request his photography services more often.
Next, we whisked egg yolk.
Isn’t that a nifty pottery egg separator? I got it for Christmas. Yes, I just used the word ‘nifty.’ All of us cool Spiderman cup-owning moms talk like that. It’s how we roll.
So then we divided the yolk into a few bowls and added food colouring.
And finally it was time for the best part: decorating!
When they came out of the oven, they had puffed up nicely, and the egg yolk paint created a shiny and colourful coating on them.
They tasted terrific too, much better than actual eggs in my opinon.
Here are the boys showing off their creations.
From Betty Crocker
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
In a large mixing bowl, mix together powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, almond extract and egg. Add remaining ingredients and mix again until fully combined. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours
Roll out dough on floured surface and cut into egg shapes.
Egg yolk paint: Whisk 1 egg yolk with 1/4 tsp water. Divide into several small bowls and tint with food colouring as desired.
Decorate cookies by brushing egg-yolk paints onto the egg-shaped cookie dough. Place cookies onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake at 375F for 7-8 minutes, until edges are golden. Transfer to wire rack to cool.
Makes approx. 4 dozen cookies.