Easter Dessert: Homemade Sugar Cookie and Icing Recipe

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Looking for the most delicious and easy homemade sugar cookie and icing recipe? Look no further! My mother-in-law's sugar cookies, with just a touch of lemon flavoring, have you covered for fun family Easter activities this year.

Homemade Sugar Cookie and Icing Recipe

Homemade Sugar Cookie and Icing Recipe

Easter dinner guests will swoon over this soft and tasty homemade sugar cookie and icing recipe. And your kids will vote you Mother of the Year when they bite into this fabulous after-school snack. But don't take our word for it. Try the recipe yourself. We promise you won't be disappointed!

Sugar Cookie Ingredients

I spent an afternoon with my mother-in-law, Mae, baking cookies and decorating them so I could learn her tips and tricks.

  • Tip 1: Make sure to use both butter AND shortening. Mae prefers Crisco.

Homemade Sugar Cookie and Icing Recipe

Sugar Cookie Directions

After you pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees and gather all of your ingredients, follow these instructions for making the sugar cookies:

1. Mix the eggs and sugar.

2. Add the butter and shortening and mix.

3. Pour in the vanilla and lemon extract, which gives the cookies its amazing flavor.

4. Add the flour in a cup at a time, mixing as you go, and then add in the salt and baking powder until the ingredients are all mixed.

5. On a smooth, clean surface, sprinkle flour to keep the dough from sticking and then pour the dough on the surface.

6. Roll out the dough to a 1/4 or a 1/3 thickness.

  • Tip 2: Place plastic wrap on the top of the dough and roll some more for a smooth consistency.
  • Tip 3: Push the edges of the dough to avoid thinner and crispier (burnt) edges.

7. Using cookie cutters, form the dough into shapes.

8. Place the shaped dough onto greased cookie sheets.

9. Bake the cookies for 5-7 minutes.

10. Remove from oven and let cool.

Homemade Sugar Cookie and Icing Recipe

Icing Ingredients

Once the cookies are cooling, you are ready to prepare the icing. Here are the ingredients you'll need:

Homemade Sugar Cookie and Icing Recipe

Icing Directions

1. Put 1 cup of powdered sugar into a mixing bowl.

2. Add the liquids and mix.

  • Tip 4: Use milk instead of water for a creamier taste.

3. Add food color to get the color you're going after.

  • Tip 5: If you are looking for light colors, start with the smallest drop of food coloring possible.

4. Check icing for consistency.

  • Tip 6: If icing is too hard, add a drop of water at a time until the consistency is thinner. If too runny, add a bit more powdered sugar.

Homemade Sugar Cookie and Icing Recipe

This homemade sugar cookie and icing recipe is adapted from the recipe found in the Joy School cookbook and makes approximately 28 cookies, depending on the size of your cookie cutters are.

What is your favorite homemade sugar cookie and icing recipe? Tips for making the best sugar cookies ever?

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An active part of the Mom It Forward team, Jyl primarily writes about parenting, social good, and all things travel related. In a past life, Jyl was an award-winning copywriter and designer of corporate training programs for Fortune 100 companies. Offline, Jyl is married to @TroyPattee; a mom to two teen boys and a beagle named #Hashtag; loves large amounts of cheese, dancing, and traveling; and lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Topping her bucket list is the goal to visit 50 countries by the time she's 50.


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