These cute little sugar cookies look like little birdie nests for a fun little Easter spring cookie treat.
Course: Cookies, Dessert
For the cookie dough:
4 1/2cupsall-purpose flour
4 1/2tspbaking powder
1 1/2cupsunsalted butterat room temperature
1 1/2cupsgranulated sugar
For the frosting:
6cupspowdered sugarmore or less to reach desired consistency
7tbspmilkmore or less as needed
green food coloring
jelly beans or chocolate eggs
For the cookies:
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add the dry ingredients just until incorporated and evenly mixed. Cover and chill the dough for 1 hour.
When ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone liner. Scoop a tablespoon of dough (about 3/4-ounce) and roll into a ball then place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough, spacing cookies 2 inches apart. Using your fingers, slightly press the top of each cookie. Bake for 8-10 minutes, rotating cookie sheets halfway through baking. It is important not to over bake. The edges should not even be brown. Let cool for at least 10 minutes on the baking sheet, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
For the frosting:
In a medium bowl, whisk together the confectioners' sugar, melted butter, vanilla and milk until smooth. You will want a thick consistency that holds a star piping. Whisk in additional milk, one teaspoon at a time, to reach desired consistency. Tint with food coloring.
Use a piping bag with star tip to make the grass. Top with eggs. Store in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days.