Easter weekend is all about family, reflection and gratitude and I sure made the most of mine. The kids spent their time between home and Gogo’s house and I decided to use some of the time away from them to spoil them with a special treat, which sounded like a fair trade!
I may not be the best asset in the kitchen, but I had so much fun making these Easter bunny butter cookies for them, that I wanted to share the recipe. My special ingredient was Royal Baking Powder – which has always been part of my family. When my gran retired from nursing, she spent her days baking and selling scones from home. My sister and I would help her out from time-to-time, so it brought back beautiful memories. Now I just need to work on perfecting my craft as she did.
• 85g softened butter
• 1 tablespoon Royal Baking Powder
• ½ table spoon vanilla extract
• 2 eggs
• Pinch of salt
• 100g castor sugar
• 200g plain flour
• Icing sugar
• Food colouring
• Mix the butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat together until light and fluffy
• Beat the eggs and vanilla extract in another bowl, then add to your butter and sugar mix
• Sift in the flour, baking powder and salt. Beat together to form a dough.
• Wrap in clingwrap and chill in the fridge for about an hour (mine felt sticky so I kept it in for an additional 30 minutes – you can also do this overnight)
Just before you take out your dough, preheat your oven to 180 degrees
• Roll the dough onto a floured surface and cut with your desired cookie cutter (which you would have dipped in flour)
• Place them on your baking sheets and bake in the oven until their golden brown (approx. 10minutes)
• Allow them to cool down.
While you wait, you can start with your icing sugar. Simply add water to the icing sugar in a small bowl and mix until it’s smooth. You can add a few drops of your desired colour to the mixture. Make the cookies pretty by spreading the icing and decorating them.
When my hubby came downstairs saying that something smelled so good, I knew I was onto a winner.
I definitely want to keep developing my baking skills, so I will be sharing more baking recipes going forward.
Modern Zulu Mom
Source: recipe modified from – Tee, S (2010). A Collection of 200 Delicious Recipes. Bath, United Kingdom : Parragon Books