Looking for an easy Easter Egg cookies idea? Here is a pretty decorated cookies design set you can try for Easter.
The design I chose for these cookies comes in a set of 2 designs. While both the cookies are in the same shape of an egg, each has different decorations. The first cookie set is with a pale blue background and has a bird’s nest filled with pastel-colored eggs. The second cookie set has a pale green background and cute little carrot toppers.
I chose pretty pastel colors for these Easter egg cookies. And I must admit, not only did I enjoy decorating these Easter cookies, I truly liked how they turned out in the end.
Decorating these Easter cookies was pretty easy. The only tricky part was that I did not have an egg-shaped cutter to cut out the cookies and the fondant covering, which means I had to use a paper template as a guide, but other than that, everything else was quite a breeze.
Overall, I would say that not only are these cookies good to eat, they are great as gifts, too!
The colors I chose for this project were mostly custom mixed. The blue and green backgrounds were white fondant mixed with Wilton and AmeriColor food colors.
I used cutters for the polka dots on the cookies, but not any special ones. Those were basically cut out using my medium-sized round piping tip. And the bird nests were piped using an extruder tool, so that made it super fast to create the nests. You can make the nests by hand, by rolling the fondant into thin strips, putting them together, and twisting them to form the nest, but that is definitely time-consuming. So having the extruder tool was definitely useful. The rest of the deco on the cookies which were the eggs and the carrots were formed by hand. And I used edible glue to hold all these securely on the cookies.
Let's look at the step by step decorating tutorial below:
How to Make Easter Egg Cookies
These are the main supplies required to make these cute Easter Egg cookies:
- Sugar cookies – I used my favorite sugar cookies recipe to bake the cookies.
- Fondant – I used Satin Ice in white, orange (for the carrot), yellow (for the eggs), baby pink (for the eggs) and dark chocolate (for the nests).
- Food coloring – These were basically used to tint the white fondant. For the blue background, I used Wilton Royal Blue with a very slight hint of Wilton Black. For the green background, I used Wilton Juniper Green. I used the same green for carrot leaves but increased the amount of color to give the leaves a deeper shade of green.
- Extruder tool – I used the multiple holes disc to pipe out the birds’ nests.
- Sugarcraft knife
- Medium-sized round piping tip – This was used to make the white polka dots for the cookies.
- Edible glue
Baking the cookies
I started the project by baking the cookies. Since I did not have an egg-shaped cookie cutter, I had to cut the cookie dough by hand with the guide of a paper template. I drew the template on my own. And then I cut it out off parchment paper and used it to cut out my cookie dough. I chilled my dough before rolling and cutting. This is so the dough was firm when worked with. Chilling really helped with the shape of the Easter egg cookies.
Once the cookie were baked, I let them cool completely to room temperature before decorating them.
Covering the cookies
- The first step was to cover the Easter egg cookies with a fondant background. For this design set, I used blue and green backgrounds. The blue was achieved by mixing Wilton Royal Blue into white fondant and then adding just a tiny hint of black to it.
- The green, on the other hand, was white fondant mixed with a little Wilton Juniper Green color. Start by adding very little coloring. This is because gel-based food colors are concentrated and a little goes a long way for these colors.
- To cover the cookies, start by rolling the fondant thin.
- If you do not have an egg-shaped cookie cutter like me, brush a little glue onto the cookie tops and turned them over onto the rolled fondant. Press the cookies lightly so that the fondant sticks to them.
- Using the sugarcraft knife, cut the fondant following the outline of your cookies.
- Turn the cookies over and smooth the edges on the cookies. Repeat the process for all your Easter egg cookies.
Note: If you have an egg-shaped cutter, you can simply use the cutter to cut out the fondant and then attach it onto the cookies with the help of a little glue.
The polka dots
- Next, was adding the polka dots. To make sure the dots were all consistently spaced out, I used my polka dots hole guiding tool. I did a search on Amazon for this product but could not find it, so I am sorry for not being able to provide a link to purchase this tool.
- You don’t really need this tool and can proceed to eyeball the position of the dots. However, since I had this awesome tool, I decided to use it to mark the points for the polka dots.
- Once the points are marked, cut out the polka dots in thinly rolled white fondant using a round medium-sized piping tip. If you find it hard to remove the dots from the tip, use the end of your cake decorating brush or anything similar to that to gently push the dots out. Dipping the tip into icing sugar can also help.
- Attach the polka dots onto the cookies with glue. And then trim off excess polka dots on the cookie edges. Keep the cookies aside in an airtight container while preparing the eggs nest and the carrots.
How to make the bird nests and eggs
- For the bird nests, you can use an extruder tool fitted with the multi-holes disc to pipe out thin strands of chocolate fondant.
- Twist and wrap the strands into a nest. And then trim off the excess to form a neat nest.
- To assemble the nests on the Easter egg cookies, place them on the cookies. The edible glue comes in handy to hold these in place.
- For the eggs, you can form them by hand using 3 different colors – pastel yellow, pastel pink, and pastel green. And then arrange the eggs inside. Apply some glue onto the eggs as well so that they are positioned securely in the nest.
With that, the birds nest design is complete.
How to make carrot toppers
- For the carrots, use orange fondant and shape it to resemble a carrot. You can do this with your hands.
- And then, use the sugarcraft knife to mark the lines in random order on the carrot, similar to the lines that appear on real carrots. For the leaves, tint some white fondant with Wilton Juniper Green. Start by rolling it into a fat short sausage. Use the sugarcraft knife to slice one end of the sausage multiple times until you get close lines that resemble the leaves of a carrot.
- To assemble the carrot, first, attach the carrot onto the Easter egg cookies (with glue).
- And then add on the leaves (attach to the carrot and the cookie with glue).
And with that, this set of Easter Egg cookies are complete.
Easter Egg Cookies Recipe
Here is the full printable version of my Easter egg cookies recipe.
Easter Egg Cookies
- 400 g Plain flour
- 180 g Castor sugar
- 200 g Butter salted
- 1 Egg
- ½ teaspoon Vanilla essence
- Fondant (white, orange (for the carrot), yellow (for the eggs), baby pink (for the eggs) and dark chocolate (for the nests))
- Food coloring (Wilton Royal Blue, Wilton Black, Wilton Juniper Green)
- Fondant glue
- Line baking tray with parchment paper and pre-heat oven to 170 °Celsius.
- Place butter in a clean bowl. Add the caster sugar and cream both until the mixture turns light and creamy. Do not over mix.
- Next, add the egg and continue beating until it is well incorporated into the creamed mixture. Add vanilla essence and mix again.
- Finally, add the flour in batches and mix until the dough comes together. Place the dough in a covered bowl and refrigerate until it is firm.
- Remove dough from the fridge and roll it between parchment paper or plastic sheets. Use dowel rods as a guide for the thickness of your cookies. Cut the dough into egg shapes (with a cookie cutter or a paper template guide) and refrigerate them again until they are firm.
- Bake the cookies in a pre-heated oven at 170°Celsius for about 10 to 15 minutes (depending on the size of your cookies) until they have turned golden brown.
- Remove cookies from the oven and cool them on a wire rack. Keep cookies in an airtight container until ready to be decorated.
- To decorate the cookies, start by covering the backgrounds with fondant.
- For the blue background, mix Wilton Royal Blue into white fondant and then add a tiny amount of black color to it. For the green background, mix Wilton Juniper Green color to white fondant.
- Roll the colored fondant thin. Brush a little glue on top of each cookie. Press the cookies gently onto the rolled fondant and cut it following the outline of the cookies. Turn the cookies over and smooth the top. Repeat for all the cookies, for both blue and green backgrounds.
- Cut out small polka dots in thinly rolled white fondant with a medium-sized round piping tip.
- Attach the polka dots onto the cookies with glue.
The Bird Nests and the Eggs
- For the bird nests decoration, pipe out thin strands of chocolate fondant with the extruder tool.
- Twist and wrap the strands into a nest. Cut off the excess and secure the ends with fondant.
- For the eggs, pinch small amounts of pastel yellow (white fondant mixed with a tiny hint of yellow fondant), pastel pink (white fondant mixed with a little baby pink fondant), and pastel green (the same color used for background of the cookies) and form them into eggs by hand.
- To assemble the nests on the cookies, arrange 3 eggs into each nest. Secure them in place with glue.
The Sugar Carrots
- For the carrots, pinch some orange fondant and shape into carrots by hand. Use a sugar craft knife to mark random lines on the carrots, similar to the lines on real carrots.
- For the leaves, roll some green fondant into a fat short sausage. Cut one end of the sausage multiple times until it resembles the leaves of a carrot.
- To assemble the carrot, attach the carrot onto the Easter egg cookies (with glue). Next, attach the leaves to the carrot and secure them in place with glue to complete the decoration.
And that's that. My decorated Easter egg cookies for Easter.
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