The kids are going to love making these delicious and simple vanilla Easter biscuits. They’re really easy to make and can be transformed into iconic Easter creatures in no time. A little candy floss will turn your biscuits into fluffy bunnies, some marshmallows will turn them into spring sheep and some orange writing icing will make cute Easter chicks. It’s the perfect activity for the whole family to do together over the Easter holidays.
- For this Easter recipe
- you will need:
- 100g butter
- 100g caster sugar
- 1 medium egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 225g plain flour
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- To decorate:
- 100g each white, yellow, black and blue ready-coloured fondant icing
- 100g natural marzipan
- 3 tbsp apricot jam, melted
- small amount thin coloured ribbon
- orange and yellow writing icing
- 50g white mini marshmallows
- Using an electric hand whisk, beat the butter and sugar until pale. Add the egg and vanilla and whisk again. Sift in the flour and baking powder, and mix in with a wooden spoon to form a soft dough. Chill for 30 mins.
- Heat oven to 180C/gas 4. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to the thickness of a £1 coin. Cut out the Easter the shapes you like using cookie cutters, re-rolling any off-cuts. Put on baking trays lined with non-stick baking parchment. Bake for 10-12 mins until pale golden. Cool for 2 mins before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
To make the Easter bunnies:
- Roll out natural marzipan (or use a coloured fondant of your choice) and stamp out bunny shapes the same size as your biscuits. Use the jam to stick the marzipan on top of the biscuits.
- Use coloured ribbon to tie around each bunny’s neck and stick a round ball of white fondant on for the tail.
To make the Easter chicks:
- Roll out the yellow icing and stamp out oval eggs shapes the same size as your biscuits. Attach to the biscuits with the apricot jam. Cut out wings, freehand with a sharp knife or sugar-craft tool, and stick on to the sides of each chick with the jam. Stick on tiny balls of black icing to make eyes.
- Draw on a beak with the orange writing icing and use yellow to draw on feet. To make hatching chicks, just zig-zag half and half blue and yellow fondant and stick onto the oval cookies.
- Draw on eyes and a beak with the writing icing.
To make the Easter lambs:
- Roll out the white icing and use the round cookie cutter to cut out circles the same size as your biscuits.
- Stick the icing onto the biscuits with the jam. Roll out the black fondant icing and cut out sheep faces, freehand with a sharp knife. Attach to the centre of each biscuit.
- Make eyes with white fondant with tiny black dots for the pupils and stick on to each sheep face. Cut the marshmallows in half and stick onto the white fondant with the jam.
Top tip for making Vanilla Easter biscuits
We used Hope and Greenwood candyfloss to make cute fluffy bunny tails.