It’s almost time for Easter! I love baking up some sugar cookies for holidays (let’s be real, for any occasion or non-occasion really). Even though I can’t eat them anymore because of the dairy, eggs and sugar, I still love making them for others. And let me tell you, these cookies I have here are to die for! Buttery and flakey and you can’t even tell they are gluten-free! Gluten isn’t a problem you say? Try the glutenous (Yes, I’m making this a word) version here.
I love the way these easter egg sugar cookies came out! The colors and design just scream Spring time to me. Better yet, they were super simple to create and I even provided a step by step pictogram below so you can follow along! Remember those wedding cake sugar cookies I created a few years back? Oh no? Check them out here! Well, my easter egg cookies were based off of one of the wedding dress designs. Can you guess which one?
Tell me in the comments.. What are your baking traditions for Easter or Spring time?
Easter Egg Sugar Cookies
For the cookies
- 1 cup butter softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tsp almond extract
- 1 tsp vanilla make sure it is gluten-free
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 egg
- 1 1/8 cup brown rice flour
- 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp white rice flour
- 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp potato starch
- 1/8 cup tapioca flour
- 1/8 cup cornstarch
- 1 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
For the royal icing
- 4 cups powdered sugar sifted
- 2 tbsp meringue powder
- 5 tbsp water
- 1 tsp vanilla or almond extract optional
- In a medium bowl, whisk together brown rice flour, white rice flour, potato starch, tapioca flour, cornstarch and xanthan gum. Set aside. Cream butter and powdered sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer. Mix in egg, vanilla, almond extract and salt and beat until mixed well. Gradually add in flour (1/2 cup at a time) and mix after each addition. Be sure not to over mix. I use the electric mixer for the first 2 cups of flour and then hand mix the last 1/2 cup. Put dough in the refrigerator for an hour or so, or until the dough firms up. You can also put it in the freezer but I would only do that for 20-30 minutes otherwise it’s very difficult to roll out. Sprinkle your work surface and rolling pin with powdered sugar. Roll the dough out to a 1/4 inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutters. Place on a greased cookie sheet and put back in the freezer for 10-15 minutes. Then, bake in the oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 8-10 minutes or until cookie all the way through. The cookie should not brown, but the edges can be slightly browned (that’s a good indication it’s done). Cool on a wire rack.
- In a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine the powdered sugar, meringue powder and water. Mix for 7-10 minutes, until the ingredients are well blended and the icing has a matte finish. This is the base consistency. I usually add about 1 tsp more of water for a good outline icing (I use a 10 second rule) and add more water until I reach a 4-second icing for flood icing. This means that when you drizzle icing over the bowl of royal icing then the icing will flow back in with the rest of the icing in 4 seconds (10 second icing is the same but it will sink back in with the rest of the icing in 10 seconds). If you need to thin it out more then add more water. If you need to thicken it add more powdered sugar.
- To decorate the cookie, I used an egg shaped cookie cutter. Outline the cookie using purple icing (10 second icing). Flood with thinned out icing (4 second icing). Allow to dry completely. Using 10 second icing in pastry bags fitted with a number 1 tip, decorate the cookie. You can follow my design in the pictogram below. Allow to dry completely.