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Easter Basket Sugar Cookies

Buttercream Easter basket sugar cookies are a tasty addition to your festive Easter tablescape.

Buttercream decorated Easter egg cookies.

HOW TO MAKE BUTTERCREAM EASTER BASKET SUGAR COOKIES

This evergreen Easter basket cookie design is super easy to make. Follow my step-by-step decorating instructions on how to make these cute decorated cookies.

Bird's view of buttercream decorated Easter egg basket cookies.

PREPARE CRUSTING BUTTERCREAM FROSTING

I used my Crusting Buttercream Frosting. This recipe makes about 4 cups of buttercream. Bellow, you’ll find instructions on how to color and divide buttercream into piping bags. You should have enough to decorate about 15-20 cookies, that are about 2 3/4 inches to 3 inches across.

COLOR CRUSTING BUTTERCREAM

  • White Buttercream: Spoon about 2 cups of white buttercream into a bowl and cover it. Cut a small opening on a piping bag and drop a star piping tip #16 into a piping bag. Push the piping tip down the piping bag until it fits in a small opening.
  • Fill the bag with half of the buttercream. Refill piping bag during decorating, as needed.
  • It’s easier to work with a small amount of buttercream. Avoid overfilling the piping bag with buttercream.
  • Blue Buttercream: Color about ½ cup of white buttercream with blue gel color. Keep buttercream in a small bowl. Cover the bowl to prevent buttercream from crusting.
  • Green Buttercream: Color about ½ cup of white buttercream with blue and yellow gel colors to make green. Cut a small opening on a piping bag and drop a grass piping tip into a piping bag. Push it down the piping bag until it fits in a small opening.
  • Fill the bag with green buttercream.Twist the end of the piping bag.
  • Pink Buttercream: Color about ¼ cup of buttercream with pink gel color. Cut a small opening on a piping bag and drop a round piping tip into a piping bag. Push it down the piping bag until it fits in a small opening.
  • Fill the piping bag with pink buttercream. Twist the end of the piping bag.
  • Yellow Buttercream: Color about ¼ cup of buttercream with pink gel color. Cut a small opening on a piping bag and drop a round piping tip into a piping bag. Push it down the piping bag until it fits in a small opening.
  • Fill the piping bag with yellow buttercream. Twist the end of the piping bag.

DECORATE EASTER BASKET COOKIES WITH BUTTERCREAM

  • Spread a thin layer of blue buttercream onto the top portion of the cookie. Use a small spatula, flexible plastic spreader or a spoon (steps 1-3).
  • Pipe small dots of white buttercream onto the blue and smooth it over the blue layer (steps 4-6). This cloud effect is optional.
Spatula spreading blue buttercream onto an egg shaped cookie.
  • Onto a plate or a coffee filter, pour white sanding sugar. Immediately dip the blue buttercream layer in the sanding sugar (steps 1-3).
  • Trim the excess with a 2-in-1 tool (cookie scrapper, often called a boo-boo stick) and clean up the edge if necessary (steps 4-6).
Sanding sugar in a coffee filter, dipping buttercream frosted cookie into sanding sugar.

HOW TO PIPE BASKET WEAVE DESIGN WITH A STAR TIP

With white buttercream and a piping bag fitted with a star tip, pipe a basketweave design below the blue buttercream layer (steps 1-8). Here is a closer look at a basket weave technique, piped with a basketweave piping tip.

Piping a basket weave design on a cookie using a star piping tip.
  • Pipe a seashell border around the blue buttercream layer.
  • Clean up the edge with a 2-in-1 tool. Use a shovel end of the decorating tool.
Piping a sea shell border with white buttercream.

PIPE GRASS

  • Use a piping bag filled with green buttercream and fitted with a grass piping tip to pipe grass above the white basket section.
  • Attach your favorite Easter Egg Candies onto the grass section. Gently push chocolate eggs into the buttercream.
Piping green buttercream onto a cookie with a grass piping tip

PINK AND YELLOW FLOWERS

  • Pipe Pink and Yellow Flowers
  • Use piping bags filled with pink and yellow buttercream, fitted with a round piping tip #2 to pipe small flowers below the grass layer.
  • To pipe flowers, pipe teardrop-shaped petals.
  • I used edible pearls to make flower centers.
  • If you don’t have edible pearls to make the flower centers, use yellow buttercream on pink flowers and pink buttercream on yellow flowers.
  • Allow buttercream to crust for a 6-9 hours before packaging.
  • Store cookies in an airtight container.
Piping pink flowers on a buttercream basket weave design.

TO MAKE BUTTERCREAM EASTER BASKET SUGAR COOKIE YOU NEED

  • RECIPES
  • Soft Sugar Cookies (soft bite sugar cookies, made with sour cream, make about 5 dozen)
  • Classic Sugar Cookies ( crispy and soft inside,makes about 15 3-inch cookies)
  • Crusting Buttercream Frosting (makes about 4 cups)
  • TOOLS
  • Shop tools in my Amazon Shop
  • Easter Egg Cookie Cutter ( I used a cutter from SweetSugarbelle)
  • Food Gel Colors (I used Americolor Brand): lemon yellow, elecric pink, sky blue, leaf green
  • Spatula or a Palette Knife
  • Plastic Icing Smoother
  • Piping Tips: grass piping tip, round piping tips #2, star piping tip #16
  • Edible Pearls
  • Easter Chocolate Egg Candies
Buttercream decorated egg cookies, displayed on a blue plate.

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