Giant Easter Egg Cookie Recipe & Easter Egg History

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Image Courtesy of FoodNetwork.com

Giant Easter Egg Cookie Recipe

I love this recipe from FoodNetwork.com to make a giant Easter Egg Cookie! How fun is this? Even better? They’ve given me permission to share it with you here! 

Ingredients

  • One 16.5-ounce tube ready-made sugar cookie dough, at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons pasteurized egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 cups assorted Easter candy, such as jelly beans and mini eggs, etc.
  • Sprinkles, optional
     
    Store-bought cookie dough saves you time but feel free to use your own sugar cookie dough recipe! 
Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix the cookie dough with the flour until it is an even texture. Turn the dough out onto the prepared baking sheet and form it into the shape of an egg about 1/2-inch thick, 9 inches long and 7 inches wide at its widest point. Bake until golden around the edges, about 25 minutes. Remove the cookie from the oven to cool, about 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, beat the egg whites and sugar with an electric mixer until combined. Add the lemon juice and continue to beat until thick and glossy, about 5 minutes.
  4. Fill a pastry bag or plastic baggie with the icing, snip off a small corner and pipe decorations on the cookie. Attach the candies in patterns to make a decorative Easter egg.
 

Easter Egg History

So, as some of you know I’m currently studying Public History to finally finish my Masters Degree. It’s been great so far but I’ve noticed I always want to know the history of everything- like Easter Eggs! Why do those of use that celebrate Easter decorate eggs for the occasion? I’ve always known what Easter was all about and I’ve always decorated eggs with my kids and when I was a child but I had no idea why!

Though by no means an acceptable source for the study of History, I’m using Wikipedia to find out!

The practice of decorating eggshell is ancient, pre-dating Christian traditions. Ostrich eggs with engraved decoration that are 60,000 years old have been found in Africa. Decorated ostrich eggs, and representations of ostrich eggs in gold and silver, were commonly placed in graves of the ancient Sumerians and Egyptians as early as 5,000 years ago.

The custom of the Easter egg, however, originated in the early Christians of Mesopotamia, who stained eggs red in memory of the blood of Christ, shed at his crucifixion. The Christian Church officially adopted the custom, regarding the eggs as a symbol of the resurrection; in A.D. 1610, Pope Paul V proclaimed the following prayer:

Bless, O Lord! we beseech thee, this thy creature of eggs, that it may become a wholesome sustenance to thy faithful servants, eating it in thankfulness to thee on account of the resurrection of the Lord.

Although the tradition is to use dyed or painted chicken eggs, a modern custom is to substitute chocolate eggs, or plastic eggs filled with confectionery such as jelly beans. These eggs can be hidden for children to find on Easter morning, which may be left by the Easter Bunny. They may also be put in a basket filled with real or artificial straw to resemble a bird’s nest.

If you are interested, Wikipedia also shares some pretty neat information about the Decoration and symbolism of Easter Eggs in various cultures throughout the world here as well as Easter egg traditions including the egg hunt, egg tapping, pace eggs, egg rolling and even the Egg Dance. 

This might make for a fun lesson for the kids! 

Some of My Other Easter Recipes

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I recently shared a recipe for a spiral ham and glazed carrots done in the CrockPot. Definitely easy and delicious!

And here’s another baked ham recipe complete with sides including twice-baked taters, maple glazed carrots and delicious dinner rolls! 

Click the picture above to find my Triple Berry Easter Trifle Recipe or click here

Chat with me! Do you have a favorite Easter Recipe? Leave me the link here so I can pin it to my Easter Extravaganza Board on Pinterest! 

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About Erica Buteau

Erica Buteau is head chef at Chateau Buteau where she cooks for three great kids and one hunk of a man, also known there as babe, mom and sometimes referee. She is the author of Moms at Home: A Collection of Recipes and Moms at Home: Holiday Traditions.Additionally, Erica is an Associate Professor of Technology at a Community College and also does freelance writing, blogging and is heavily involved in Social Media and Online Marketing, PR and Marketing Measurement and Communications Research. Her PR Friendly blog, ButeauFull Chaos! focuses on product reviews, parenting, being a mom, empowering women, children's issues (including Autism, ADHD and Learning Disabilities), family travel and recipes.

42 comments

  1. Thanks for sharing a little bit of the *real* Easter history. It’s not really Christian at all, it’s Pagan with a forced overlay of Jesus’ death. The recipe is awesome – I’m going to pin this one!

  2. The sad thing is that I could and would eat that entire cookie all by myself.

  3. Had to pin that Triple Berry Easter desert you had up! WOW! I have so many fav Easter recipes.. i have pinned them all but only made a couple.. I love the creativity of others.

  4. The cookie looks good, but that Triple Berry Trifle really grabbed my attention!

  5. That cookie looks great! Very creative and easy to make!

  6. This giant Easter egg cookie looks yummy. I’ll have to try this recipe.

  7. That technically counts as ONE cookie, right?

  8. That’s one big beautiful cookie. I bet it’s delicious!

  9. How fun, what interesting tidbits about Easter! That egg cookie is SUPER cool! That will be so fun to make, everyone will be so impressed!

  10. I love it! That cookie looks so delicious and how fun would it be to decorate!

  11. I know that Easter is of pagan origin and thanks for sharing a bit of its history. Great recipe though. I would love to try this one! :)

  12. That is one awesome cookie! I could devour that right about now!

  13. That is really cute, I love the cookie. You are so very creative

  14. Wow! I never knew the tradition of Easter eggs went back to far. Thank you for sharing.

  15. I love this! I am totally gong to make this for Easter this year. I never thought to make a giant Easter egg but it would be great for the kids to decorate.

  16. That cookie is so pretty. I love how you decorated it. This would be fun to do with my kids – let them design their own Easter cookies!

  17. FUN recipes for the season! So bright and cheery

  18. This is so awesome! I love the pastel colors of Easter so Easter treats are my favorite just because they are always so pretty!

  19. Giant cookie cakes are my favorite so naturally this is AMAZING! I love how you used the toppings to make an easter egg!

  20. I like history tidbits about holidays. And a giant cookie is a fun way to make the celebration more collectively fun!

  21. This is awesome! My girls and I will have so much fun doing this together!

  22. I loved the Easter Egg History! I would consider myself kind of nerdy bc that stuff is so much fun for me! :)

  23. That giant cookie looks fun to make! I’ll have to cook up several of them for my daughter and nieces to decorate for our Easter celebration. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  24. I love the giant Easter egg cookie! I think we’ll try making this for Easter, my son will have a blast decorating it!

  25. Now that would be fun to make with the kids and let them decorate it! Thanks for the idea and recipe!

  26. I have to make this giant Easter cookie now. It’s adorable and my family is all about Easter sweets.

  27. Thanks for the history lesson! That cookie looks awesome!

  28. Oh wow, I never would have guessed! That giant cookie looks super fun to decorate too!

  29. That is so great I love that you gave the recipe!

  30. I read the title to this post and couldn’t wait to see this giant Easter egg cookie. Then it hit me, bam! Very creative of you!

  31. This is such a festive recipe and this cookie is perfect for celebrating any Easter event with the family.
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  32. My kids love decorating cookies and that HUGE cookie would be something they would never forget :)

  33. These are just so cute – I can’t wait for Easter!
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  34. That Easter trifle looks delicious…might try to put one of those together for Easter dinner.
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