Simple colored sugar cookies swirled into an egg shape and drizzled with white chocolate. Such a great way to celebrate Easter!
Hello, my name is Kelly. I'm a mom and... I hate play-dough. (GASP!) Honestly, I don't just mean lowercase hate. I mean H.A.T.E. the stuff! The smell literally turns my stomach. Whenever the kids are playing with it I make them wash their hands with soap and water when they're done, and you know, I can still detect the awful smell!
Walmart had 4 packs of the really unusual bright colored play-dough for $1 on Black Friday. Seriously, what in God's name was I thinking?! It must have been one of those afternoons where I thought I was supermom or something - or wanted to be anyway!
Poor Wesley BEGS me to play with the stuff and I'm always finding excuses. In my defense, they never clean it up completely. There's always leftover tiny little play-dough balls stuck to the kitchen table that I HAVE TO CLEAN UP. Oh and I love when a small bit of it gets dropped on the floor, rolls under the table, and everybody forgets about it until it's hard as a rock. And yes, I can still smell it!
I have finally found the perfect alternative to play-dough: these sugar cookies! As you're rolling them, the dough feels exactly the same only this time it smells like sugar cookies. This would be such a fun activity to do the day before Easter and then tuck them into your kids' Easter baskets. Super yummy, too!
Rainbow Swirled Easter Cookies
makes 18 cookies
3 oz cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 3/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
food coloring (I used yellow, green, pink, and blue)
1 cup white chocolate chips
In a stand mixer, beat cream cheese, butter, egg, and sugar. Add vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture while beating on low speed. Divide the dough into four balls and knead the food coloring into each portion of dough until the color is even. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour. Unwrap each and press a small portion of each color dough together. Roll into a 12 inch rope and coil the rope into a circle. Pinch the dough together on one end to create an oval "egg" shape. Repeat for remaining dough. Bake on a greased cookie sheet at 350 for 8-10 minutes or until edges are just slightly browned. Cool on wire racks. Melt white chocolate chips in microwave according to package directions and drizzle over cooled cookies. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
How cute are these! I'm planning on making a double batch for Easter with the kids helping me. Such a fun tradition to start, too!
Here are some more of my favorite spring desserts: