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Easter Bonnet Cookies

By Paula Deen
  • Prep time: 30 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Servings: 30

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup softened unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup prepared cake frosting
  • butter mints
  • macaroons
  • candied lemon zest
  • flower-shaped decorative sprinkles

Directions

In a large bowl, combine butter and sugars. Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add egg, zest and vanilla, mixing to combine.

In a small bowl, sift together flour, salt and baking powder. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating at low speed, until smooth. Divide dough into 2 balls, wrap with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.

On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with round, fluted 2-inch cutters, and place cookies on prepared baking sheet. Chill cookies for 15 minutes before baking.

Preheat oven to 350 °Fš.

Bake for 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Let cool on pans for 2 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.

Spread a very small amount of frosting (this will act as an adhesive) onto middle of cookie, and top with a butter mint. Spread a small amount of frosting onto butter mint; gently press a Lemon Coconut Macaroon onto butter mint. Garnish with Candied Lemon Zest and flower-shaped decorative sprinkles, if desired.

Note: Cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week or frozen for up to 1 month. You can use licorice instead of Candied Lemon Zest to form ribbons on bonnets, and you can also attach macaroons to cookies using pastel-colored frosting. Pipe frosting in a circle in the middle of cookie using a star tip, and then press macaroon onto frosting to attach.