The Partiologist: Easter Cookies!

Easter Cookies!

Recently, I had the best day, I got to decorate cookies with my mom. She is the one who taught me so many things when it comes to decorating. While I was growing up, she decorated wedding cakes and I hung around and tried to help. While I knew decorating wedding cakes would be too stressful for me, I went with the butter cream decorated cookie. No more cakes for my mom, as she is now a full time artist and loves to paint with any medium. And that's how these painted cookies happened.

Hand Painted Cookies



After attending the cookie convention last fall and seeing Arty McGoo (check out her video) demonstrate painting on her cookies, I thought mom could help me one on one paint on cookies. I'm a very needy student. She was patient. When I would goof, she would tell me how to fix it and if it ended up looking better, she would say "It's a Happy Accident"!
 My new favorite term.

By Me
By Mom

By Me
 
Yes, I did two and my mom only had time to paint one. I told you I was a needy student! After we completed the painting, we broke out the disco dust. And wow, did we like that. We were oohing and awing over the sparkle and my dad walked past and said "It sure doesn't take much to make you two happy!". And he was right, give me some sparkle and I'm a happy girl!
Thanks for all your help Mom - I LOVE YOU! 
 
Now, how about a couple ideas for cookies that do not require any cookie cutters?  You really never know what you will find in your Easter basket, it may not be chocolate, eggs or bunnies.  It just might be lemons.
Here's what you can do about it...
Make Lemon Drizzled Cookies!
That's what I did and they were delicious, perfect spring time treat.  I used a recipe I found on Martha Stewart Everyday Food.

Lemon Drizzled Cookies

by The Partiologist

 
 
 
 
 
Ingredients
  • COOKIES
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest, plus 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • GLAZE
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
Instructions
COOKIES
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and lemon zest. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg, vanilla, and lemon juice and beat until combined. With mixer on low, beat in flour mixture.
Drop dough by heaping tablespoons, 1 inch apart, onto two baking sheets. Bake until edges are golden, 15 to 20 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Let cool 2 minutes on sheets, then transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. Spread cookies with Lemon Glaze and let set, about 1 hour.
GLAZE
In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 cups confectioners' sugar, 2 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest, and 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice until smooth.

Or make a few Cottontails~
Otherwise known as...
 
MEXICAN WEDDING COOKIES
 
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar, divided
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
1 cup finely chopped pecans
 
DIRECTIONS
PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Beat butter, 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar and the vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Gradually add flour and pecans, beating on low speed after each addition until well blended.
SHAPE dough into 1-inch balls. Place, 1-1/2 inches apart, on ungreased baking sheets.
BAKE 14 to 15 min. or until bottoms of cookies are lightly browned. Cool 5 min. on baking sheets. Roll warm cookies in remaining 1/2 cup powdered sugar until evenly coated; place on wire racks. Cool completely. Store in tightly covered container at room temperature.
 In case you missed something I made for Easter, and I'm pretty sure you did, here are a few highlights!
Almost forgot the cookies...
Thaaaaaaat's All Folks....
 
Happy Easter!

23 comments :

  1. Hahaha! If the Easter bunny brings you lemons!! That is so funny and a great way to use the lemons!

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    1. It was a good way to use the lemons - they made really yummy cookies! :)

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  2. Those painted cookies are some of the most beautiful cookies I have ever seen. And how wonderful to have done it with your mom!!! That's just the icing on the cookie. from,twobeautifulgirls
    happy easter

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    1. Thanks to my mom's help I had so much fun painting!

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  3. Wow, wow, wow. Your painted eggs are so beautiful. It's so fun that you and your mom created the eggs together. You definitely got her talent.

    All of your decorated cookies are so wonderful. The rainbow eggs with the name tags attached are so pretty. Beth

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    1. Thanks Beth - we did have a great time together and look forward to more days 'painting'!

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  4. Your first (two) painted cookies turned out wonderful! I love your Mom's hand-painted Easter scene cookie as well.

    You have had another busy month...wishing you a beautiful Easter that not only include getting to eat some of your creations but getting to curl up and relax for a bit too.

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    1. Oh Thanks Paula, Easter was a great relaxing day! :)

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  5. The OTHER daughter (the one with no talent)March 30, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Well, I do feel a bit left out...why didn't you invite me to paint with you? I always new mom liked you best:)

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    1. I've always tried to tell you mom liked me best, but you just wouldn't listen! :)

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  6. You are amazing! The painted cookies are stunning! How wonderful to have that time with your mom to do something that you both enjoy:). Happy Easter!

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    1. I'm hoping we can spend more time together crafting - it is really fun! Happy Easter to you too!

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  7. There really isn't anything you cannot do. I still have the card your momma painted. It's one of my treasures/favorite things. I hope you had a wonderful Easter, Kim. Lots of love from TX.

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    1. You're soooo sweet, no wonder we call you SWEET SugarBelle! I told my mom you saved her card and it really made her HAPPY! And seeing a note from YOU really made me HAPPY!! I had a wonderful Easter and I hope you did too! :) xoxo

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    1. Thank you so much Katrina - I'm so happy you stopped by! :)

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  9. Oh my those painted cookies are beautiful and it sounds like a fabulous way to spend a day. My earliest memories are of being in the kitchen while my mum baked cake.

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    1. Those are good memories aren't they? Thank you for such a nice comment!

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  10. Wow, those painted cookies are just gorgeous, Kim! :)

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    1. Thanks Jennifer, it was a fun day with my mom!

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  11. I just loveeeeeeeee this site it has so much wonderful ideas , you do a great job at party planning. I'm hoping you can help me with some ideas on a welcome home party for my husband who will be returning home from Afghanastan in August. He is in the Marine Corps and is deployed there. I would love to do something for him on his return but I'm having trouble trying to think of something nice. Your help and ideas would greatly be appreciated. :)

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    1. I would be happy to help you with some ideas for your husband's homecoming. Please e-mail me at ThePartiologist@hotmail.com So happy you found my site! :)

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  12. The painted cookies are truly beautiful and I really loved the cookie that had the real Meaning of Easter on it! It was something that made me think this morning about the precious sacrifice that was made for me! Jesus taking my sin and me being forgiven...and all of that from one cookie! Thank you!

    Annette

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