Monday, March 26, 2012

How to Make Cookie Easter Baskets

     With Easter right around the corner, make some cute cookie Easter baskets that you can fill with candy or use as place card holders on your Easter dinner table. It is an easy project that you can even do with your kids.

     With your favorite sugar cookie dough, roll out and cut 3 rounds, 3 rounds with a circle cut out of the middle and 1 slightly larger round for each basket you want to make. I found that 1 recipe of no fail sugar cookie made 12 baskets, about 2 3/4 inches in diameter. You can make them as small or large as you want.

     Bake and cool them. Next ice the 3 solid rounds and 2 of the rings with royal icing in the color of your choice. Each basket should be done in one color. Allow them to dry completely.

     Now on to construction. Place the 1 large uniced cookie flat on your work surface. Put a dab of royal icing as glue on top and put the solid iced cookie on top of that. Follow with the next 2 solid cookies followed by the 2 iced ring cookies. Finish off with the uniced ring cookie. Allow royal icing glue to dry completely.
     Now the really fun part. Decorate them as you wish, add handles, a basket weave pattern on the sides, little dragees, or other sugar decorations. I used 1/2 of a brown licorice stick as the handle, attached with royal icing as glue. Then I did a quick basket weave pattern down the sides but you can skip this and allow the pretty colors of the royal icing to show through.
     Now fill with candies, cookies or anything else you want for a fun and delicious cookie Easter basket.

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1 comment:

  1. These are so clever! I'll certainly keep these in mind for next year.