I've always loved holidays because I love celebrating and enjoying all of the traditions that go along with them. Recently, though, I've realized that we really didn't have traditions for Easter. I've noticed that many other families don't, either. Oh sure, there's the egg hunt for the little kids and church and a ham dinner...maybe some egg dying...but that's about it. Once the Easter Bunny has come and gone, everyone goes about their business like it's a normal day.
So, last year, we decided to start our own Easter tradition. We still colored eggs...we took our baby girl to her first egg hunt...we went to church and ate ham...but we've also started something a bit more delicious...
Cookie decorating! I made a monstrous amount of sugar cookies - we're talking about 100 of them. Then we whipped up a huge vat of frosting, dyed it a few different colors, and away we went!
A few years ago, we bought a decorating kit that came with several different icing tips. We've never had any lessons in how to use the tools we have. And, as you can tell, we're not very good at it. But it's fun!
This was the best cookie of the bunch. Cookie Bandit made it...he's so talented!
Me? I opted for a colorful approach to the cookies I decorated. I'm too impatient for anything intricate.
Cookie decorating is a great tradition that we'll be doing every Easter, and I can't wait until Miss Pebbles is old enough to enjoy it with us. Even though Easter was two weeks ago, these cookies are still bringing us joy - we've got over half of them still in the freezer!
As an added bonus, decorated cookies make a great table decoration. If you don't know how else to brighten up your table for your next event, just top the table with a white tablecloth and place individually wrapped, colorfully decorated cookies on it. Makes a perfect party favor as well!
- 1/3 cup water
- 2 T. meringue powder
- 6 cups powdered sugar
- 2/3 cup shortening
- 1/4 t. salt
- 1 t. vanilla
Combine water and meringue powder; whip until peaks form. Add sugar, 2 cups at a time, alternating additions with the shortening. Add the salt and vanilla; beat on low speed until smooth. Add additional water or milk until icing reaches desired consistency.