Easter Sugar Cookies are the special sugar cookies served during Easter. Most of the sugar cookies served during Easter have buttery, sweet, crisp edges with tender texture. The cookies can be shaped as per the individuals' taste and visual preferences.
Traditional Easter Sugar Cookie From Across the World
Easter cookies also have a rich tradition like easter eggs . Some of the well-known cookie traditions observed across Europe are:
- Nordic Sugar Cookies – Semla – is the name for Nordic sugar cookie served during Easter. This cookie does not belongs to the league of cookies, still it is considered a cookie. The cookie gets its name from flour from which it is prepared – Semolina. Many variants of this cookie enriched with almond paste are served during the Shrove Tuesday, which is the last day before the beginning of Lent. In Norway and Denmark, these cookies are known as fastelvnsbolle, in Finland they are known as Laskiaispulla and in Sweden they are known as fastlagsbulle. The cookies are sometimes served with jam or whipped cream in place of almond paste.
- Greek and Italian Easter Sugar Cookies – In many Meditteranean countries the sweet breads and cookies are served as staple foods. The Greek Easter cookie is termed as Koulourakia and it is butter braided with a tint of vanilla essence. The Italians prefer to have lemon flavored cookies and they are sold as "lemon knots", "knot cookies", "taralucci", and "anginetti". These cookies are lightly frosted and topped with decoration sugar or confetti.
- Easter Sugar Cookie from America- For many bakers in America, creating sugar cookie is an art. They decorate it with different icings and prepare it in different and unusual shapes. These cookies are offered as bunny cookies, flower cookies, decorated egg cookies, chick cookies and almost every shape, which is not usually associated with Easter.
Easter Sugar Cookie Recipe – Preparation Overview
The choice of ingredients may vary from country to country depending on the taste preferences of the eaters and the culinary traditions of the land. Some of the common ingredient used in the preparation of cookies include: all-purpose flour, salt, baking soda, unsalted butter, granulated white sugar, egg, and vanilla extract.
The royal icing is usually made using egg whites, fresh lemon juice, and confectioners’ sugar. Alternatively the meringue icing can be used for decorating cookies. This icing is usually created by combining confectioners’ sugar, meringue powder, almond extract, warm water and food coloring.
Method of Preparation – Sugar and butter are processed using electric mixer and vanilla extract, beaten egg are also added to it. The flour is added to the mixture and processed well. The dough is refrigerated until it turns firm. The firm dough is shaped into balls and rolled over the floured surface and cut into shapes using the cookie cutter. The shaped cookie dough is again refrigerated to make them firm. The firmed cookies are baked until they turn crispy.
The royal icing is created by combining the ingredients using electric mixer. Some coloring is added to the mixture.
The cookie is served after decorating with royal icing and confectioners’ sugar.