The Easiest Way To Ice Easter Sugar Cookies

by Charity
2 dozen
1 hr 5 min

So if you know me, then you know I love to bake and especially more so around holidays! Christmastime is definitely my favorite for cookie making and decorating, but I thought why not bring it into the Easter season too?! I think iced sugar cookies don’t really need a specific time or season, they are perfect and delicious year-round! Today, I am going to share with you all a little secret of mine on how I ice sugar cookies in the easiest way possible. I used to think decorating cookies were a ton of work, but I’ve been icing my cookies this way for a very long time and I have not went back ever since. These Easter sugar cookies are sure to be a big hit with your family too if you make them!

This post first appeared on A Crazy Family. But since Easter is coming up soon, I thought I would share it on here too. I made a few changes and edits to the original post so I hope you enjoy!

You just need to start out with your favorite cookie recipe. I always use this recipe for the Perfect Vanilla Almond Cutout Cookies. They are so tasty and not overly sweet so having the icing on them is a perfect combination. I also love the trick of putting the cookies in the freezer before you bake them, that way they retain their shape a little better!

Look how pretty they look once they are all done!

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Ingredients Needed For Icing the Easter Sugar Cookies:

  • Plastic Squeeze Bottles
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Milk
  • Vanilla Extract (optional)
  • Almond Extract (optional)
  • Food coloring
  • Mixing bowls
  • Funnels
  • Parchment Paper
Getting ready to bake the cookies.
How To Ice The Cookies

So now you need to make the easiest icing ever for your Easter sugar cookies. First of all start with 1 cup of powdered sugar in each of your mixing bowls. Then, you will simply add 2-3 tablespoons of milk and whisk it together. You need to have a thicker icing as your border icing and a thinner icing as your flood icing (more on that below).

Getting ready to ice the sugar cookies!

I also like to add in about 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla or almond extract to make it taste even better. Then, you can also add in some food coloring and mix it all together. After I have mixed the icing, I use a funnel and pour it into my squeeze bottles, that way I am ready to begin icing my cookies!

Make Your Border Icing

The first step in icing your Easter sugar cookies is to make your border icing. The border icing needs to be a little thicker than the flood icing. You also need to outline all your cookies in the border icing first and then let them dry completely before adding in the flood icing. I like to keep my border icing all white, but if you want to add a color to it, then go for it!

You can see here the border icing I made around the cookies.

To make the border icing, I just add a cup of powdered sugar and 1-2 tablespoons of milk and then whisk it together. I slowly add the milk in because I don’t want to add to much because I don’t want it to be too runny. I also like to add in almond extract for my border icing, especially if I am keeping it all white. I noticed if I add in vanilla extract in my white icing, it turns it a darker color.

Make Your Flood Icing

This icing can be a little more runny than your border icing. In fact, you want it to be that way it fills in the border icing more quickly and easily. So I usually do around 3 tablespoons of milk into one cup of powdered sugar for the flood icing. But again, add in the milk slowly because you don’t want to overdo it.

I like to use a toothpick to spread the flood icing around the cookie.

I usually make all my flood icing in different colors and I like to add in vanilla extract since it is already colored you won’t notice it. After I mix up each color of my flood icing, I pour it into my squeeze bottles using some more funnels.

Look how yummy and cute they are!

So after your border icing is completely dry, it’s time to add in your flood icing. I usually squeeze enough out to where it almost fills the entire cookie space but not quite because I don’t want it to overflow. Then I take a toothpick and glide the icing all the way around into the border icing so the whole cookie ends up being covered with icing.


I find that using these squeeze bottles really make icing sugar cookies so much easier. It definitely gives you more control when icing and the cookies come out looking fantastic. Almost just like you bought them from a bakery! I have also shared a list of My Top Five Favorite Easter Desserts last year and these Easter sugar cookies made the cut for that too.

So fun to style-and eat of course!

What do you think? Is this something you would try for yourself? It would be so fun to make these with your kids too and have them decorate the cookies any way they wanted to! Let me know if y’all try this out and how it went for you too!

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The Easiest Way To Ice Easter Sugar Cookies
Recipe details
  • 2  dozen
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 1 Hours Total time: 1 hr 5 min
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  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp Milk
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla or Almond Extract
  • Food coloring

Whisk together the milk and powdered sugar.
Add in the 1/2 tsp of flavoring of your choosing.
Add in the food coloring and whisk until you reach the desired color.
Pour colored icing into squeeze bottles (use a funnel if necessary).
Decorate cookies with the icing!
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