Easter is coming up fast and many associate this hoppin’ holiday with fun celebrations, Easter egg hunts and of course delicious treats. These Easter Sprinkle Cookies are the perfect addition to your Easter table. In fact, they are even perfect even when it isn’t Easter. Enjoy them any night of the week.
Easter celebrations are almost always coupled with delicious desserts and these cookies are no exception to that rule. These Easter Sprinkle Cookies will not only liven up your table, but they will surely please everyone gathered around it. Whether you choose to serve these after dinner, or indulge in them after your egg hunt, the subtle hint of orange flavor is sure to please your palate.
The good news about this recipe is that it is generally easy to make. Even if you aren’t expecting company for Easter, these cookies will fly off the table. They are insanely delicious, extremely cute and easy enough to make with your children.
How to Make Easter Sprinkle Cookies
These cookies are so easy to make. They have the perfect combination of flavors and take very little time to prepare. In fact, they are so soft and fluffy you will love every single bite.
- Before you get started baking these cookies, make sure that you soften your butter. This will make sure that the ingredients combine properly.
- Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper.
- Using a large mixing bowl, mix together the orange zest, vanilla extract and one of the eggs. Mix all of these ingredients until well combined. Once mixed, add in the second egg and mix well again.
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk the flour baking powder and salt together.
- Add your dry mixture into the wet mixture. Using an electric mixture to combine both mixtures together well.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or even a clean kitchen towel. Then, place it in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. You want the dough to chill before you bake it.
- Roll your chilled dough out into 30 balls that are about 1 inch in size and place them on your prepared cookie sheet.
- Place the cookie sheet in the fridge and chill the dough for about 30-60 minutes before you start baking.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Bake the cookies for 10 minutes until they become set and lightly browned on the bottom.
- Transfer your cookies to a wire rack and cool completely until they reach room temperature before frosting them.
- While you wait for you cookies to cool, prepare the frosting by pouring the powdered sugar and vanilla extract into a small mixing bowl.
- Add you cream or milk into the bowl 1 tablespoon at a time, making sure to stir between each addition, until your frosting reaches the desired consistency. You want the frosting to be thin enough to drizzle over the cookies.
- If you find that your frosting is too thin, add a bit more powdered sugar.
- Stir the orange zest into the frosting.
- When the cookies are completely cool, frost the top of each cookie with a teaspoon of frosting and then add the sprinkles.
Do I have to Add Orange Zest to These Easter Sprinkle Cookies?
These cookies have a delicious orange flavor that isn’t too overpowering. The zest just adds a hint of orange flavor. If you so desire, you could use lemon zest in place of the orange. If you prefer to leave the citrus out all together, you can just omit it entirely and allow for the vanilla extract to shine.
Easter Sprinkle Cookie Recipe
Easter Sprinkle Cookies
- 6 tablespoons butter softened
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon fresh orange zest
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4-5 tablespoons heavy whipping cream or 3 tablespoons milk
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add the orange zest, vanilla extract, and one of the eggs; mix until combined. Add the second egg and mix well.
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and beat with an electric mixer until combined.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel and refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes.
- Roll the chilled dough into 30 1-inch balls and place on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper leaving at least 1 inch of space between each cookie. Place the cookie sheets in the refrigerator to chill the dough balls for 30-60 minutes before baking.
- While the dough balls chill, preheat the oven to 350F degrees.
- Bake the cookies for 10 minutes at 350F until set and lightly browned on the bottom. Transfer the cookies to a wire cooling rack to cool completely to room temperature before frosting.
- While the cookies cool, pour the powdered sugar and vanilla extract into a small mixing bowl. Add the cream or milk 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring well between each addition, until the frosting reaches the right consistency. You want the frosting to be just thin enough to drizzle, but not so thin that it runs right off the cookies. If the frosting becomes too thin, add more powdered sugar. Stir in the orange zest.
- When the cookies are completely cooled, frost the top of each cookie with a teaspoon of frosting, then add the sprinkles.