Celebrate Spring With These Sweet Cookie Ideas

Easter Cookies Spring means warmer weather, budding flowers and delightful cookies. Cookies? That’s right, after a few months of staying away from these baked delicacies, by springtime we’ve forgotten the taste of all of those Christmas cookies from December...

Easter Cookies
Easter Cookies

Spring means warmer weather, budding flowers and delightful cookies. Cookies? That’s right, after a few months of staying away from these baked delicacies, by springtime we’ve forgotten the taste of all of those Christmas cookies from December and we are ready to dive in to making some season-inspired treats.

Find Inspired Ingredients

For springtime cookies, aim for recipes that result in less dense cookies than your Christmas offerings. Though gingerbread cookies are also traditionally made in Europe around Easter time as well as at Christmas, we suggest putting a modern spin on this venerable classic by making light sugar cookies with a subtle hint of ginger flavoring. Ginger and lemon (from extract or lemon peel) pair well together too, with the lemon lifting the earthier flavor of ginger.

Alternatively, take advantage of springtime seasonal crops and incorporate fresh strawberries and rhubarb into your dessert-making plans. The sharp, citrusy flavors from these two garden treasures always go well with lots of cream. Consider serving vanilla sugar cookies with strawberries and cream, or coffee and lime tea cookies with rhubarb compote and whipped cream.

Flower Power Design
Flower Power Design

Flaunt Flower-Power Design

Springtime is, of course, the opportunity you’ve been waiting for to get out your cutest cookie cutters and celebrate the season. If you observe Easter, cookies shaped like chicks, bunnies and, of course, eggs are fun for children to decorate, and these make a great treat to have on hand in case you get drop-by visitors over the holiday.

Spring has many more themes than baby animals. Take a look at your blooming garden or walk past the mall’s florist for some inspiration from nature. Flower-shaped or decorated cookies are chic and easy to make. Advanced bakers may want to try out the subtle flavors of flowers and herbs incorporated into the cookies or frosting itself. For example, rose petals, rose hips, lavender and anise, when used sparingly, will all bring a subtle floral taste to your cookie batter or frosting. If you dislike making shaped cookies, you can still bring a floral design to the inside of your cookies. Consider making anise and lemon meringues or rose and white chocolate chunk cookies and serving them on plates that echo their floral ingredients.

Welcome Warm Weather with a Tea Party

Still not sure if you’re going to have enough special occasions this spring to justify  different kinds of cookies? Create the cookies’ raison d’être by organizing a tea party for your friends, family or a local cause. Tea parties make a great fundraiser for school groups and other small community projects because of their appeal. In essence, a tea party is a fancy bake sale and can be quite fun.

If you choose to have a tea party at home, you’ll need to pick your cookies to match your tea, just as you might arrange wines to go with certain hors d’oeuvres at an evening party. To get the best results, have an assortment of cookies. Don’t worry about making too many: if there are any left over, your friends will love to take them home.