Monday, April 9, 2012

Easter cookies

For this Easter I made some cookies and cakes in 'spring theme' to share with some wonderful kids, neighbors and friends. I chose bunny, doggy, tulip and butterfly shapes from the wilton's cookie cutter set that hubby presented me recently.
Flower bouquet cookies.

While googling I learned that glazed icing work the best with sugar cookies for stacking (not sticky). Thanks to the sugar cookie recipe and cookie icing recipe authors, I got a bunch of successfully made soft sugar cookies. I was amazed at the glossy finish after icing these cookies. These icings dry within 3 hours (or overnight in humid weather) and can be conveniently stacked up. Our friends too appreciated the outcome along with my hubby:) This recipe is surely a keeper for me and I will be doing it again and again:)

I love these flower cookies very much, so I made them in more number:)

Easter bunny is the main attraction for kids:)
Cookies for  a garden party.

Kids love these cute bunny cookies:)

Doggies for my hubby dear along with a cute bunny:)

I simply rolled these cookies on my roti maker. Prepared them after supper on Thursday.

Cookie before baking.

Ingredients: (5 dozen)
sugar - 2 cups
All purpose flour (maida)- 5 cups
unsalted butter - 1 1/2 cup
vanilla essence - 1 tsp
egg - 4
baking powder- 2 tsp
salt - 1 tsp

Bring butter to room temperature by keeping it out of fridge.
Mix the butter and sugar using a fork.
Beat together egg and vanilla essence.
Sift together AP flour, salt, baking powder.
In a large bowl combine sugar, butter with the beaten egg mixture. Blend well.
Add flour, baking powder and salt to the mixture and make it into a dough.
Manual kneading is the best here.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate it for at least 1 hour for easier handling.
We can prepare the dough and refrigerate overnight for better cookies.
The dough can sit in fridge for a week.
Preheat oven to 350 - 375 deg F (175 deg C) for at least 30 minutes .
Make small balls and roll them into 1/2 to 1/4 inch sheet and cut into desired shapes.
(I did on a chapati rolling base with lot of flouring).
 Place each cookie 1 inch apart on the baking sheet.
Bake at 350 F for 6 - 7 minutes or until edges are light golden brown.
Immediately remove from cookie sheets and let cool completely.
Decorate as desired.

While baking one batch, keep the dough in fridge. Stiff dough is the best for rolling.
Cool them on wire rack overnight or at least for 4 hours before storing in air tight containers.
It can be refrigerated before icing.
Makes 5 dozen cookies.

Sugar cookie icing recipe

Tools for icing.

confectioners sugar - 1 cup
milk - 2 tsp
light corn syrup -  2 tsp
almond extract (or) vanilla - 1 tsp
water - 1 tbsp
food color - pink, lilac, blue, yellow, green

Sift the sugar and remove the lumps. Mix everything except color.
Divide into required portion and add a drop of color to each bowl.

Prepare this just before icing. If hardened, add a tsp of milk and mix well.
If we want more shine, add tbsp of more corn syrup.
Stir before each coating to get the shine.
Use a (new and separate) paint brush for icing.
Dipping the cookies in icing also works fine.
Never refrigerate the cookies after this type of icing, as it will not be this much shiny again.
Enough to decorate 30 cookies.


maha said...

awesum cookies...vl grab this 4m pics itself..luks cute.

Anu said...

looks delicious

Hema said...

They look so beautiful, very nicely done..

Suja Manoj said...

Wow super cute cookies,great job dear.

meera said...

Awesome cookies viki.... They look beautiful....:)Waiting for the recipe of your cake...:)

meera said...

Awesome cookies viki.... They look beautiful....:)Waiting for the recipe of your cake...:)

Viki's Kitchen said...

Thanks Maha.
Thanks Anu.
Thanks Hema.

Viki's Kitchen said...

Thanks Suja.
Thanks Meera. I am also eager to post that apple carrot cake recipe along with the home made icing. Thanks for the encouragement.

Sumi said...

Love this Icing...I too made something like this during christmas.Using a brush is a great idea.Cookies look very cute.

Jay said...

Yummy...this looks soooooooo good..;)
Tasty Appetite

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

wow - love the tulips! the bunnies were cute too...

Cham said...

Look like Spring has sprung in ur plate :) Love those tulip and bunnies! What a fun and great way to share with others.
Hope u had a wonderful Easter!

Chandrani said...

Cookies looks so cute and delicious.

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Tina said...

cute and lovely..

Chitra said...

Love the shapes. very cute :)

VineelaSiva said...

Lovely and colourful cookies viki.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

these are looking super cute and tempting...My son would finish all in no time

Hamaree Rasoi

Viki's Kitchen said...

Thanks Sumi.
Thanks Jay.
Thanks Somo.

Viki's Kitchen said...

Thanks Cham. Yes dear, I love spring theme always (eg, my layout). My neighborhood families are very much friendly and pamper me always. As I am on a kind of healthy food / exercise pattern , I prepare snacks only on festivals or monthly once. So I make a little more extra to show my love back:) The least I can do:)

Viki's Kitchen said...

Thanks Chandrani.
Thanks Tina.
Thanks Chitra.
Thanks Vineela.
Thanks Deepa. Wish u were here. I won't get tired of making cookies for the happy kids munching them:) ....they liked the bunny cookies very much . Thanks to our friends and family, we enjoyed the Easter day a lot:)

Priya said...

Damn cute and attractive cookies, well done..

Viki's Kitchen said...

Thanks Priya.

Divya Pramil said...

Hi Viki, I have nominated your blog for the Sunshine Award, for the good work. Please visit to know more, if you have already been nominated please inform me. Thank you have a great day!!!

Viki's Kitchen said...

Thanks Divya. I am excited on this...I will make a post soon. You made my day.

Jaleela Kamal said...

ellaamee rompa super viki

Vikis Kitchen said...

Jaleela: Thanks Akka. I am also happy to see these beautiful cookies and all your comments:) Isn't it the best reward for bloggers like us:)