If you're looking for another alternative to chocolates as gifts at Easter, or just want to get into the Easter celebrations, try this very moreish sugar cookie with icing. The photo below was taken of some Easter sugar cookies I baked with my kids, and we did the icing together which was a great way to share baking and have fun.
Recipe for Sugar Cookies
2 1/4 cups self raising flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup caster sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons whisky or orange liqueur (gives a great flavour, the alcohol cooks out)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1) Cream buter and sugar until light and fluffy in an electric mixer fitted with a paddle. Add salt, and eggs and vanilla, alcohol, keep beating until well combined. Add sifted flour and beat until the mixture comes together in a ball.
2) Divide dough into 2 balls, flatten, wrap in plastic film, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. This way the cookies will retain their shape well once cut.
3) Pre heat oven to 180 degres C. On a lined baking tray place cookies (6 - 9 per tray) so that they cook evenly, for 12 minutes or until golden. Roll out cookie dough to just under 1cm thick, and cut out with cookie cutters- I used an egg shaped one for this. Remove from oven and allow to cool on racks. Don't remove them from the paper for at least 5 minutes.
4) Cool completely and ice with Royal Icing and sprinkles to decorate.
Try these Orange and Chocolate Easter Cookies too!