Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey
Prep Time
25 Mins
Cook Time
14 Mins
Other Time
3 Hours 50 Mins
Makes about 2 dozen (3 1/2-inch) cookies

Too cute to eat? Almost! This five-ingredient Easter cookie dough can be made up to three days ahead, making it the perfect addition to your Easter recipe collection.

How to Make It

Step 1

Beat butter, sugar, and salt at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until creamy. Add vanilla; beat until well blended. Gradually add flour, beating at low speed until blended. (Dough will be very soft.)

Step 2

Divide dough into 2 equal portions; wrap each with plastic wrap, and flatten into a disc. Chill 2 to 24 hours.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 350°. Unwrap 1 dough disc on a well-floured surface. Cover with a large piece of plastic wrap, and roll to 1/4-inch thickness; cut into desired shapes with 3 1/2-inch cookie cutters. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets. Chill 15 minutes. Repeat procedure with remaining dough disc.

Step 4

Bake at 350° for 14 to 17 minutes or just until edges are lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets 5 minutes. Transfer to wire racks, and let cool completely (about 30 minutes). Decorate cookies with Simple Icing. Let stand 1 hour or until icing is firm.

Watts Grocery, Durham, North Carolina

Ratings & Reviews

d12brown's Review

April 03, 2010
The dough was too soft, even after chilling, it was difficult to cut and place on cookie sheet. Will stick to my Joy of Cooking recipe in the future.

elemaldonado's Review

April 07, 2012

cjohnroe's Review

April 13, 2009
I made these for a family gathering. They were a hit!

Holley's Review

March 15, 2010

IPCmom's Review

March 26, 2013