Giant Easter Egg Cookie Recipe & Easter Egg History
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!
- 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!
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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!