Speckled Egg Sugar Cookies

Perfect for stuffing into Easter baskets, these cut-out sugar cookies are egg shaped and speckled like natural eggs thanks to the help of a little vanilla, cocoa powder, and a paintbrush.

Speckled Egg Sugar Cookies
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs
5 dozen


  • 1 ⅓ cup butter, softened

  • cup granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 teaspoon vanilla

  • 3 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 cup powdered sugar

  • 2 tablespoon milk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • Desired-color gel food coloring

  • 4 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder


  1. In a large bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium speed 30 seconds. Add sugar, baking powder, and salt; beat until combined. Beat in eggs and 2 teaspoons vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can; stir in remaining flour. Divide dough in half; wrap each half in plastic wrap. Chill 30 to 60 minutes or until easy to handle.

  2. Preheat oven to 375°F. On a lightly floured surface roll a dough half out to 1/4-inch thickness. Using a 2 1/2- to 3-inch egg-shaped cutter, cut out cookies. Arrange 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Reroll scraps. Bake 7 minutes or until edges are firm. Remove; cool on a wire rack. Repeat with other dough half. Makes 3 to 5 dozen.

  3. For icing, in a medium bowl combine the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla. If necessary, add enough milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, to make of glazing consistency. Divide icing among bowls. Tint each with desired food coloring. Dip tops of cookies into glaze, allowing excess to drip off. Set on waxed paper. In a small bowl combine 4 teaspoons vanilla and cocoa powder. Dip a small, clean paint brush into cocoa mixture and flick onto cookies to make spots (if cocoa mixture thickens, add a few drops of water at a time until desired consistency). Allow to stand until set.

Basket-Weave Eggs:

If desired, place Browned Butter Frosting in a pastry bag fitted with a basketweave tip. Pipe basketweave pattern on 3-inch cookies.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

146 Calories
7g Fat
19g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 36
Calories 146
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Sodium 105mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 2g
Calcium 14mg 1%
Iron 0.6mg 3%
Potassium 23mg 0%
Folate, total 20.7mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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