Decorated cookies for Easter recipe

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Looking for biscuit recipes, easter recipes, gizzie erskine recipes or easter biscuit recipes? Gizzi Erskine shows you how to make these easy biscuits in our step-by-step video recipe, plus fun decorating ideas for the kids.

Preparation Time1 hours 10 mins (including 1 hr to chill dough)
Cooking Time12 mins
Total Time1 hours 22 mins
Cost RangeCheap

This easy Easter cookies recipe by TV chef Gizzi Erskine makes a delightful batch of biscuits ready for the kids to get busy decorating.

Decorated cookies for Easter are quick and easy to make, then you can leave the icing to the kids. Let them go wild with different coloured icing pens and extras to stick on. We love using hundreds and thousands, Smarties, chocolate buttons, edible glitter and small colourful sweets like jelly tots. The recipe takes about an hour and a half, but that includes an hour where the dough is just chilling in the fridge before cooking. This step is important for getting the best texture in the finished biscuits.


For this Easter recipe you will need:

  • 90g butter, softened
  • 100g golden caster sugar (eg. Billington's)
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 200g plain flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ salt
  • Coloured icing pens and and toppings of your choice, to decorate




  1. Sieve the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until pale.
  3. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract. Add the flour to the butter mix and mix until the dough is formed.
  4. Wrap the dough in cling and chill for at least 1 hr.
  5. Preheat the oven to 170°C/325°F/Gas 3.
  6. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to about 0.5cm. Cut out the cookies and transfer to baking sheets.
  7. Roll up the trimmings and repeat stages above to make more cookies.
  8. Bake for 8-12 minutes until golden. Remove and transfer to a cooling wire and leave until completely cool before decorating.

Top tip for making decorated cookies for Easter

If kids are doing the decorating, give each of them a large dinner plate to work on, then most of the loose sprinkles and drips will be caught instead of ending up on the table.

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Gizzi Erskine
Celebrity chef

Gizzi Erskine is the phenomenal chef behind many of the nation’s much-loved cookery programmes such as Cook Yourself Thin, Cookery School, The Wine Show and Cooks to Market. She has also appeared as a chef on daytime television shows, such as Good Morning Britain. Born as Griselda Erskine in Dumfries, Scotland in 1979, Gizzi moved to London with her parents as a child. She graduated top of her year from the prestigious Leith’s School of Food and Wine before going on to launch her career as a chef. Since 2010, Gizzi has released eight cookery books focused on foolproof meals and a love of eating.