Make up a batch of Sugar Cookies, cutting them into Easter-theme shapes such as eggs, baskets, flowers, or bunnies. (For some unknown reason, it’s become a tradition in our household to use a cute pig-shaped cookie cutter for these!) Be sure to let the baked cookies cool completely before you start to decorate…

Now the fun begins!

Icing for Decorating Easter Cookies

1 pound of sifted icing sugar
2 tablespoons of melted butter
3 to 4 tablespoons of hot water
A selection of flavorings and food colourings

Combine the icing sugar, melted butter, and hot water.

Divide the icing into several small bowls, one for each of the different colours you plan to use. With a very small paintbrush — like the ones that come in a child’s set of watercolour paints — paint designs on the cooled cookies with the different colored icings.

If you like, go back with a toothpick or an extra-fine paintbrush and add more fancy decorations to the base colours. While the icing is still wet, you can also add sprinkles or coloured sugar, etc.

The icing will dry hard, so the cookies can be stacked in a tin or in a container for freezing.

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