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Our Family's Easter Tradition

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Family Storytelling, Sugar Cookie, Tradition, Kids Shantel Park shares with us her family's Easter tradition.  She shows us that a tradition that started out pretty rocky, can make an amazing family memory!

In my excitement to start some family traditions of our own one Easter, I made a terrible mistake.  I had no idea that the activity I chose that year would be one they enjoyed so much, or that I would have no decision making power in whether or not to keep it and make it our tradition, or scrap it for something different (Read easier... less messy... not as much work for ME.).  That choice was apparently out of my hands the minute the dough was rolled out.


Family Storytelling, Sugar Cookies, Frosting, TraditionYes, as a mother of a 4 year old, and an 18 month old at the time, I decided our new family tradition for Easter would be to make cut-out sugar cookies.  Cute eggs and bunnies, flowers and such.  Complete with homemade frosting in multiple colors so that they would look as yummy as they tasted.  I have no idea what I was thinking, other than I really wanted something my kids would remember beyond the baskets and jelly beans, and cookies seemed simple enough.  Key word there being SEEMED.  I regretted it almost instantly.


But the cookie making has stuck, and despite my initial hesitation to ever repeat the dough-rolling, frosting-sticky mess, we do it every year, at my kids eager insistence.  So my goal has been accomplished and our tradition has been a huge success.  And now that my kids are older, it isn't nearly as big of a challenge as it was in the beginning.  The only difference is that I try a different sugar cookie recipe every so often - some sweeter, some chewier, some thick and fluffy.  But always a hit!  If you want to start some floury, sugary goodness for your family this year, here's the recipe, found on the Hostess with the Mostess blog; it's the recipe we are using this year.


Sugar Cookies


1 C. butter

1 C. sugar

2 eggs

1 Tbsp. vanilla

3 C. flour

3 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt



Preheat oven to 400 degrees.


Mix dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.


In a separate bowl, combine butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla.  Beat until mixed well.  Add the dry ingredients in slowly and mix well.  Chill for at least an hour to stiffen the dough.  Roll the dough out with a rolling pin and cut shapes with cookie cutters OR form dough balls and flatten into thick circles with your hands.


Bake 8-10 minutes or until just the edges of the cookies start to turn a very, very light golden brown.  Don't over bake!  For an extra-doughy consistency, remove the cookies before the edges start to brown.


Family Storytelling, Sugar Cookies, Easter TraditionFrosting:

1/3 C. butter, melted

1 Tbsp. vanilla

3 Tbsp. milk

1 egg yolk (optional)

5-6 C. powdered sugar (thicken to desired consistency)

food coloring


Whisk butter, vanilla, milk and egg yolk together.  Slowly mix in powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, until the frosting reaches your desired consistency.  If it gets too thick, add more milk in very small amounts, about 1 tsp. at a time.


What are your favorite Easter traditions?

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