Paint decorated Easter cookies to look like colorful eggs using this easy and clever technique

Painted Easter egg cookies recipe

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Paint these Easter cookies with just a toothpick and your creativity (1989)

Make decorated Easter cookies a part of your holiday tradition with this cute Easter egg design. Why should Christmas have all the cookie fun?

This recipe from the late 80s starts by preparing a basic sugar cookie dough recipe (with a lemon-y twist!), which you then chill and roll out the dough to cut out Easter egg shapes.

While the cookies are baking and cooling, whip up the unique, edible “paint,” using heavy whipping cream, a bit of powdered sugar, and food coloring.

Then, with just a toothpick and some creativity, you and your kiddos can make colorful, detailed Easter cookie designs like these!

Decorated Easter cookies retro recipe

Painted Easter egg cookies (1989)

After you paint these Easter eggs, you won’t want to hide them. They’re too pretty for that. And much too delicious.

Seems like just about everything turns out that way when you bake fresh with C&H, the pure cane sugar fresh from Hawaii.

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Painted Easter egg cookies recipe

Painted Easter egg cookies

Yield: 36 cookies
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes


  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1-3/4 cups C&H Powdered Sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Finely grated rind of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup heavy (whipping) cream
  • 1 tablespoon C&H Powdered Sugar
  • Food coloring


  1. Cream butter and 1-3/4 cups powdered sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Beat in egg, vanilla, lemon rind, then lemon juice.
  3. Add flour, soda, and salt; mix until blended.
  4. Divide dough; wrap each half in plastic wrap and pat into a disc.
  5. Refrigerate for several hours until firm.
  6. On a floured surface, roll one disc about 1/4-inch thick.
  7. Cut with an egg-shaped cutter. (Bend a 2-1/2-inch round metal cutter into an egg shape. Cutter can be bent back into a round shape.)
  8. Bake on ungreased cookie sheets in a pre-heated 325 degrees F oven for 12 - 15 minutes or until barely browned.
  9. Cool on wire racks. Repeat with remaining dough.
  10. To decorate, stir 1 tablespoon of powdered sugar into the cream and divide among small bowls. Add a different food coloring to each bowl to make intense pastel shades.
  11. Use small paintbrushes to paint cookies with the colored cream.


This recipe makes about 3 dozen deliciously decorated Easter-egg shaped cookies

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 36 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 229Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 314mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 0gSugar: 39gProtein: 1g

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