This Easter sugar cookie recipe is absolutely delicious. These Easter cookies are soft, chewy, and frosted with buttercream frosting and candy sprinkles for a festive Easter treat. These sugar cookies are perfect for the kids’ Easter parties at school, potlucks, or an afternoon snack.
Sugar cookies are just about the best sweet treat out there. Even though they’re often overshadowed by cookies with fancier mix-ins, these simple, delicious cookies are really the ones I always go to when I need something sweet, delicious, and ready for any occasion. The thing I love about sugar cookies is how neutral they are. They’re sweet and buttery but not aggressively flavored with all kinds of extracts or mix-ins. They’re just effortless and very delicious. That makes them perfect for tweaking to fit any occasion. For example, I use them for delicious Easter treats by simply frosting them with colored buttercream and throwing some sprinkles at them. It’s easy, delicious, and perfect for the holiday. No eggs needed in this cookie recipe. Perfect!
Easter Sugar Cookie Recipe
This recipe is so simple and so good that you’ll be able to spend more time with family even while serving up a big plate of these tasty cookies. They start with a simple sugar cookie recipe that’s buttery and sweet. I bake them to soft, chewy perfection. Then, I color batches of the frosting in various pastel colors and frost the cookies. Finally, I add fun colored sprinkles to create frosted sugar cookies that have all the colors of the Easter holiday.
Why You’ll Love This Easter Sugar Cookie Recipe
- They’re absolutely delicious and so easy to make.
- The buttercream frosting and candy sprinkles make these sugar cookies so festive and perfect for Easter parties, potlucks, or to add to Easter baskets.
- They’re fun and fabulous for kids to help decorate.
- And, no eggs are needed in this recipe.
Easter Sugar Cookie Recipe Ingredients
You’ll only need a few simple kitchen staples to make these cookies. In fact, you probably have them all in your kitchen right now! The actual measurements are in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.
- All-purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Butter, softened
- Vegetable oil
- Sour cream
- Granulated sugar
- Vanilla extract
- Powdered sugar
- Vanilla extract
- Pastel gel food coloring
- Easter sprinkles
How to Make This Easter Sugar Cookie Recipe
It’s not difficult at all to make these sugar cookies. Both the cookies and the buttercream use simple ingredients in simple steps, so anyone can make them easily.
Step 1: Prep
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease 1 or 2 baking sheets.
Step 2: Combine the Dry Cookie Ingredients
Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl.
Step 3: Combine the Wet Cookie Ingredients
Beat the softened butter, oil, and sour cream on medium speed in a large bowl for 1 minute. Then, add the sugar and vanilla and beat until smooth.
Step 4: Make the Dough
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix on low speed until the ingredients just form into a dough.
Step 5: Bake
Using a 2-inch cookie scoop, scoop out the dough and place the balls on the prepared baking sheet. Leave the edges rough. Flatten each cookie a bit to produce even more jagged edges, then bake for 10 to 12 minutes until the edges are slightly browned.
Step 6: Cool
Remove the baking sheet and let the cookies cool on it for 5 minutes. Then, place the cookies on a wire rack to cool completely.
Step 7: Make the Buttercream Frosting
Cream the butter, milk, and vanilla in a medium mixing bowl. Then, gradually add the powdered sugar and beat until smooth and creamy. Separate the frosting into as many bowls as you want to color. Then, add pastel food coloring gel to each batch to reach your desired color.
Step 8: Decorate the Cookies
Frost the cooled cookies with a generous amount of frosting. Then, sprinkle with coarse sugar and Easter sprinkles. Let the frosting set, then serve and store.
- Be sure your butter is fully softened for easy creaming and to prevent little bits of raw butter being in the cookies or the frosting.
- Mix your dough until it’s just combined. The key to soft sugar cookies is NOT to overmix the dough.
- Always be sure your cookies are fully cooled before frosting them. Warm cookies will cause the butter in the frosting to melt and break the frosting.
- Omit the food coloring and serve these frosted sugar cookies at any gathering for any occasion.
- Use different food coloring to make these cookies fit any holiday.
- Try adding your favorite mix-ins for a fun new twist on sugar cookies.
What to Serve with this Easter Sugar Cookie Recipe
Sugar cookies are delicious with a glass of milk or a cup of coffee or tea. I also love to serve sugar cookies as part of a larger dessert spread featuring other sweet treats like cupcakes, various cookies, and bars. These classic cookies also make delicious desserts after almost any of your favorite classic main dishes.
Easter Sugar Cookie Recipe FAQ
How do you decorate cookies for Easter?
The easiest and most common method of decorating cookies for Easter or any holiday is by using frosting or icing. For simple cookies, use color frosting. If you’re feeling fancy and have an artistic side, you can use royal icing and make various designs on your cookies.
Should sugar cookies be soft or crispy?
That’s largely a matter of personal preference and the ingredients used. Some sugar cookie recipes make crispy cookies, while others like these create soft, chewy sugar cookies.
Do you need to chill the dough?
This cookie dough doesn’t need to be chilled. Some cookie doughs that are extra buttery or on the thin side need to be refrigerated to slow the rate at which the butter melts inside the dough as the cookies bake. This slowing prevents the cookies from spreading too much.
Can you freeze Easter sugar cookies?
Absolutely. Both sugar cookies and buttercream frosting freeze very well.
Easter Sugar Cookie Recipe – How to Store Leftovers
You can store these cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. For longer storage, you can freeze these cookies in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Be sure in either case that the cookies are stored in a single layer with parchment paper placed between them.
Try This Delicious Easter Sugar Cookie Recipe Today
This easy Easter sugar cookie recipe combines sweet, soft, and chewy sugar cookies with beautifully-colored pastel buttercream frosting and Easter sprinkles to create cookies that are as festive as they are delicious. They’re loaded with flavor and color, and they make the perfect addition to any Easter table. Give them a try and get ready to fall in love!
More Delicious Cookie Recipes You’ll Enjoy
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Peanut Butter Cookie Bites – These cookie bites are made with a basic peanut butter cookie dough, baked in a mini muffin pan, and once baked, a mini Reese’s peanut butter cup is inserted in the center of each bite. These are always a favorite cookie recipe.
Apple Walnut Oatmeal Cookies – This soft and chewy oatmeal cookie recipe is loaded with tiny apple chunks, chopped walnuts and cinnamon, and are baked then drizzled with glaze.
And, here are some delicious Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies, from Deliciously Seasoned, you will enjoy as well.
Easter Sugar Cookie Recipe
- Preheat the oven to 350° and lightly grease a baking sheet(s).
- In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt together. Set aside.
- Using a large bowl, add softened butter, oil and sour cream, and beat on medium speed for one minute.
- Add sugar and vanilla extract and beat until smooth.
- Add dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix on low speed just until dough forms a ball.
- Using a two-inch cookie scoop, scoop out the cookie dough and place on the prepared baking sheet. Leave the rough looking edges.
- Using the bottom of a glass, flatten each cookie a bit to produce even more of the jagged edges.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are slightly browned.
- Remove cookies from oven and let cool for 5 minutes and then remove and place on a wire rack to cool completely.
- Buttercream Frosting
- In a medium mixing bowl, cream butter, milk and vanilla together. Gradually add powdered sugar and beat until smooth and creamy.
- Add gel coloring, stir, and add additional food coloring to get desired results, if desired.
- Once cookies have cooled completely, frost cookies with a generous amount of frosting, then sprinkle with coarse sugar, add Easter sprinkles of your choice.
- Let the frosting setup then place cookies in a container for storing and place parchment paper in between the layers.
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