Easter Cookie Recipe and Gift Bag Directions

Easter Cookie Recipe and Gift Bag (35400)

Children will love finding these bunny bag on Easter morning and the yummy treats inside. The bag can be made in minutes by dressing up a white lunch sack with a pom-pom, faux jewels, chenille stems and a few other basic craft items. The buttery Easter egg cookies can be painted with swirls, polka dots, or zigzags using paste food coloring.

To make the Easter egg cookies;

1/2-cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2-cup white granulated sugar
1/2-teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4-teaspoon lemon extract
1-2/3-cups all-purpose flour
1/2-teaspoon baking powder
1/4-teaspoon salt
confectioners' sugar glaze
pink, violet and yellow paste food coloring
Cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl until fluffy. Add egg and extracts and beat until smooth.
In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the vreamed mixture, stir until well blended. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill 1-hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, use a floured rolling pin and roll dough to 1/8-inch thick.
Use a 1-1/2 x 2-1/2 inch egg shaped cookie cutter to cut out cookies. Transfer to a lightly greased baking sheet and bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Place on a wire rack to cool.

Glaze each Easter egg cookie to within about 1/8 inch of the edge, let this glaze set to harden. In the meantime, place 1 teaspoon water in each of three small bowls; tint pink, voilet, and yellow. Paint desired designs on cookies and allow to dry. Store in an air tight container.
Makes about 4-1/2 dozen cookies.

To make the bunny bag;
For each bag, you will need a white lunch sack, white paper for the teeth, pink felt for the cheeks, 1-1/2 inch pink pom-pom for the nose, 3 purple chenille stems for the whiskers, two 9mm blue acrylic jewels for the eyes, 1/2 yard of 1-1/2 inch wide wired ribbon, 6 inches of white twisted paper (or raffis ribbon)
black felt tip pen with a medium point, 3 inches of floral wire, and a hot glue gun and glue sticks.
Step 1...To fringe the top of the bag, make 2 inch long cuts about every 1/4 inch along top edge of flattened bag.

Step 2...Make the teeth and outline with black marker, cut 2 circles from the pink felt for the cheeks. Glue the teeth to the center of the bag about 3 inches from the bottom.

Step 3...For the whiskers and nose, cut an 8 inch length from the chenille stem and glue centers of stems to pom-pom. Glue whiskers and nose to bag.

Step 4...Glue cheeks to bag and glue the jewels right above the nose.

Step 5...Place cookies in bag, twist the top closed and secure with wire just below the fringe. Tie ribbon into a bow around bag covering the wire.

Step 6...For the ears, untwist twisted paper, cutting with the grain and cut in half. Twist ends of each paper length and glue 1 end of each to each side of bag.