A perfect alternative for your Easter Egg Hunt, easy peasy to whip up and super fun to decorate. Easter Cookies! Just keep them away from that nibbling baby bunny!
250g soft butter or margarine
140g caster sugar
1 egg yolk
2 tsp vanilla extract
300g plain flour
30g cocoa powder
Couple of drops of milk
Things to decorate:
You can really use whatever you have in your cupboard, smarties, sprinkles, ready roll icing. Food colouring is great to paint patterns on icing too.
Two mixing bowls
Baking trays x 2
Cookie cutters or knife and template, if you don’t have an egg shaped cutter you can squish a round metal one into an egg shape. Alternatively you can make a paper egg template and cut out biscuits with a knife.
2 x Small bowls
Make the biscuits:
Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
Add the egg yolk and vanilla and stir to combine. Sift in the flour and mix to form a soft dough.
Split dough in half. Set a bowl of dough to one side. Sift the cocoa powder into the second bowl and combine. Drip a few drops of milk in to help bind it all together.
Grease and line a couple of baking tins and heat oven to 180’C.
Dust some flour onto a board and roll out the chocolate dough until 4/5mm thick. Cutout biscuits and pop onto the trays. Repeat with the vanilla dough.
Bake for 10/12 minutes. Transfer to cooling rack when still warm and leave to cool.
While they cool you can prepare your decorations. We made some water icing to use as glue by mixing a heaped desert spoonful of icing sugar with a few drops of water. Use this to blob on some smarties or chocolate chips and stick them in place.
For the ‘painted’ royal icing I first rolled out some pre made white royal icing onto a board dusted with icing sugar. Roll it until it’s a couple of mm thick. Then cutout an egg shape with your cutters and paint the back with a little water before sticking to the biscuit. We also did a few flower shapes for variation.
You can add a few drops of food colouring to a few drops of water and use this to paint patterns directly onto the iced biscuits.
You get a lovely inky painterly effect. Great for kids to do too! Why not try splodges, swirls, checks and stripes. Super fun!
For best results hide the egg biscuits on a treasure trail and set the kids on a mission to find them before scoffing!