Friday, 6 April 2012

easter sugar cookies

i foolishly agreed to make 80 cookies for my son's preschool end of term easter event. it was a crazy week and the cookies were a very last-minute affair. however they tasted great and looked sweet. 
Little Mr Z finds it hard to understand the boundaries with preschool teachers and often asks if we can invite them to our house or go to their houses. one day he insisted on sitting outside the preschool until they left so that he could watch them leave. as we sat on the grass waiting i kept trying to think of convincing reasons that we should leave and go home because i was dreading feeling embarrassed as we stared at the teachers walking down the road or getting in to their cars and driving away. none of my reasons felt convincing and Mr Z was insistent so we waited. eventually they appeared - i put my head down and desperately rustled around in my bag trying to find some remnants of food to feed the kids to pretend we just happened to be having a snack break. Mr Z got his glimpse into the private lives of his teachers and walked home happy and curious about their varying modes of transport.

  • gather:
  • 340g/1&1/2 cups butter (softened)
  • 400g/2 cups white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tspn vanilla extract
  • 625g/5 cups plain flour
  • 2 tspns baking powder
  • 1 tspn salt
  1. cream the butter and sugar and add vanilla extract
 2. add the eggs and mix well
 3. sift in the flour and baking powder
 4. stir gently until mixed - cover and chill in the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight (it tastes so delicious i had an argument with my son because he wouldn't stop eating it!)
5. preheat oven to 200C
6. Roll out dough on well floured surface and cut into shapes
7. put cookies slightly apart on lightly greased cookie sheets
8. bake for 6 minutes and leave to cool before decorating
9. make icing by pouring icing sugar in to a bowl and then adding boiling water until you get the consistency you want. add a drop of food colouring

we spread icing on our cookies and sprinkled decorations on top. Little Mis M loved doing this.


  1. Yum!! Will try them. I guess what Zach wants is real community, with his teachers.

    1. yes it is very sweet really and natural he'd want proper normal community relationships with them.

  2. You're a wonder, Becca!
    Lovely story about Zach and his teachers. I remember even in highschool making a list of my teachers' first names as I discovered them - it seemed so strange that they had a life where they even needed first names!

    1. i know it was hard not to wonder and obsess sometimes over teachers and a bit disconcerting at times when you got some glimpse in to their "normal" life.

  3. these look great & well done for making so many! My little one is always inviting the preschool teachers for tea too, & telling them that they're his best's very sweet isn't it!
    Thanks also for linking up! x

  4. it is so so sweet ... and sometime embarrassing but i'm sure they're used to it. we live next to the school so my boy also talks to them all day over the back fence :)


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