It's Easter weekend and time to make some treats for those baskets and dessert tables! Last week, I made these polka dot Easter egg sugar cookies using Bridget Edwards' recipes for vanilla almond sugar cookies and royal icing. The decoration inspiration came from Sweet Sugarbelle.
You'll notice that I said that I made these sugar cookies last week. Sugar cookies freeze beautifully. Simply place the cookies in a zip lock bag (one layer of cookies per bag), express the air from the bag, and put the bag in a large plastic container. The container prevents the cookies from getting damaged in the freezer. When you are ready to serve, take the box out of the freezer the night before and leave it on the counter overnight. The next day, your cookies are thawed and ready to be enjoyed.
I am also going to make a batch of carrot cake oatmeal cookies. I found this recipe on Two Peas and their Pod, another blog that I love to read. Maria Lichty, owner of the blog, came up with this recipe and it is a winner in every respect. I made a batch (actually two batches!) last week for my friends at the dog park and they were a huge hit.
These cookies are jam packed with goodness. Whole wheat flour, old fashioned oatmeal, shredded carrots, raisins and coconut come together with coconut oil and sweet spices.
The dough mixes up in a flash including the time it takes to peel and shred the carrot. I made a double batch in about an hour and 20 minutes. The largest part of that time was spent waiting for the cookies to bake. After mixing all of the ingredients together, scoop the dough by rounded tablespoons (use a tablespoon cookie scoop!), drop onto the cookie sheet and bake for about 12 minutes.
The finished cookie is soft and spicy from cinnamon and nutmeg with the coconut oil lending just a hint of tropical flavor. After the cookies have cooled, they are finished with a cream cheese glaze. What else would they be finished with after all? Carrot cake is traditionally paired with cream cheese frosting. Don't they look yummy? Trust me, they are delicious! Thank you Maria from Two Peas and their Pod for sharing this recipe!
What will you be baking for your holiday gatherings? What you serve, I am sure it will be delicious! I hope you all have a wonderful, blessed and sweet Easter!