These Easter Sugar Cookies with Homemade Buttercream Frosting are perfect to make with your kiddos!
Mmmm…Easter sugar cookies! I love a good thick sugar cookie with lots of frosting!
This is our absolute favorite recipe. I found it in a Taste of Home cookbook years ago and it’s been our go-to ever since!
Our kiddos LOVE helping me bake these cookies and with more time on our hands right now, it was a great activity to keep us busy!
Celebrating Easter will definitely look different this year, but we are so thankful that God is always with us and that we’re still able to gather in our living room with our kids and worship together!
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Life in Quarantine
Things have definitely changed for us as they have for most people around the world with all the craziness going on!
We were heading into spring break when the talk of quarantine started and then didn’t end up going back.
While other school districts took two weeks off to prepare to teach remotely, our amazing teachers spent the last half of their spring break making adjustments so they would be ready to go the following Monday.
To ALL the teachers out there – THANK YOU for what you do. You are AMAZING!!
We have a 6th, 3rd, and 1st grader and remote learning looks a little different for each of them. I’ve been so thankful for my homeschooling days. I taught our kiddos for three years at home covering preschool through third grade so this has not been as difficult as it could have been.
My kiddos have been awesome, jumping right back into it as if we never stopped. We’ve tried to keep them on a similar schedule to keep things as “normal” as possible.
They get up around 7:30, eat breakfast, get dressed, and do their chores. The goal was to start school by 9:00 but they’re usually starting on their own by 8:30. We take several breaks to play outside, bake some treats, do something artistic, and get some exercise!
They are not allowed to get on their devices until their chores and schoolwork are completed. We eat dinner, spend more time together and then they’re in bed by 8. They’re allowed to read if they choose, but the earlier bedtime allows me and Eric some much-needed downtime at the end of the day!
Eric is also teaching his theology classes from home and connecting with his students several times a week to help them with questions as they process everything that’s going on. He’s gone back into youth pastor mode as he prays for them, listens to them, and encourages them in their faith.
We look for different things to do each day to keep from going stir crazy. Here are some of the activities we’ve enjoyed:
- Baking cookies
- Playing games (Apples to Apples is fun and educational!)
- Kahoot (A friend recommended this and the kids LOVE it – here’s the link)
- Home projects – we’re bringing our kids along as we paint and build!
- Yard work – we let them earn a little extra money by helping pull weeds from the flower beds and gather sticks and leaves from the yard.
- Planting a garden (if you’re in a climate where the weather stays cooler longer, consider starting one indoors!)
- Teaching life skills – my youngest learned how to do his laundry this week and he could.not.wait! It’s like a rite of passage at our house LOL! We teach them when they’re 8 and since his birthday is just around the corner, we decided to go for it!
- Playing basketball, football, and other outdoor games
- Going for walks
We’re also planning an Easter egg hunt at home and dyeing eggs in the next week! We started a new series called “Chosen” about the life of Jesus that we’re watching with our kiddos as we prepare for the Easter season.
I’d love to hear from you! Shoot me an email or comment below about what your quaratine life looks like right now!
Easter Sugar Cookies and Buttercream Frosting
This recipe for Easter Sugar Cookies is the perfect afternoon activity for you and your kiddos! Just remember you’ll need to plan for the chill time. The dough needs to be refrigerated for an hour!
Soften your butter and cream it together with the sugar in a stand mixer until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla.
In a separate bowl, combine your flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add to your wet ingredients.
Refrigerate for an hour or until the dough is firm.
When the dough is ready, you’ll lightly flour your surface and roll the dough out to 1/4″ thick or so. This is where the kids come in! Use some fun cookie cutters to cut the dough into shapes.
Place the cutout cookies on a greased pan and bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes. Remove and allow to cool completely.
I started making my own buttercream frosting a few years ago. It’s not hard, it leaves out all the junk, and it tastes SO good! Here’s my recipe!
You’ll need a stick of chilled butter (this makes for a stiffer frosting, perfect for sugar cookies!) two cups of powdered sugar, a teaspoon of vanilla and two tablespoons of milk.
Beat the chilled butter until creamy. Add the vanilla and milk. Gradually beat in the powdered sugar (you may want an apron for this part if you tend to get it all over you like me!) until frosting is smooth.
OPTIONAL: Divide the frosting into bowls and add desired food coloring.
Grab the family and get to decorating! They’ll have a blast adding spreading on the frosting and decorating them with sprinkles!
These Easter sugar cookies have just the right amount of crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. We’ve shared them with friends and family over the years and they always rave about them!
Easter Sugar Cookies
- 3/4 cup butter softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 2 3/4 cup flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 stick butter chilled
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 tbsp milk
- 2 cups powdered sugar
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture until mixed well. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4 in. thickness. Cut out with cookie cutters of your choice. Using a floured spatula, transfer cookies to greased baking sheets. Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes or until lightly brown. Cool completely on wire racks.
Beat chilled butter until creamy. Mix in vanilla and milk. Slowly add in powdered sugar and continue to mix until creamy.
Tip: Using chilled butter instead of softened makes the frosting stiffer, which is perfect for sugar cookies!
Decorate with sprinkles! Enjoy!
Thanks for hanging out with us today! I’d love to hear if you decide to try baking these Easter sugar cookies with your family! I hope you’re staying healthy and joyful!
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