These fun Easter Basket Cookies are easy to make and full of delicious flavors! The colored coconut egg nest sits on top of a super soft sugar cookie with a layer of tasty buttercream frosting to hold Cadbury's shimmer mini milk chocolate eggs in place! Top your cookies with your favorite Easter egg candies for the perfect Easter treat to make with the kids!!
Make my Easter sugar cookie sandwiches for more fun in the kitchen with your kids using my no roll sugar cookie dough! Or try my Easter Basket Cupcakes for a special treat ( that also uses the Cadbury mini eggs )!
Easter Basket Cookies Recipe
This Easter cookie project is a fun process to let your kids join in on! I have always handed off coloring the coconut to my daughter, Lauren, in the past. This year, I left the whole Easter cookie building to her!
I like to use my double sugar cookies recipe as the base, as they are a delicious lightly golden cookie to use. Not too sweet, which is important when topping your cookies with frosting, coconut, and candy eggs!
I'm also only using a half batch of my super soft sugar cookies, as I didn't want 50+ Easter basket cookies hanging around. If you are hosting a larger holiday gathering, double the recipe below as needed.
How To Make Easter Basket Sugar Cookies
Start out with making the sugar cookie dough as directed. You can use whichever sugar cookie recipe you like, but this recipe doesn't need to be rolled out so it works wonderfully!
Bake your cookies and allow them to cool.
Make the buttercream frosting and color your coconut while the cookies cool. Divide your coconut into equal portions based on how many colors you have chosen to use. I'm using three colors, as you can see below.
Place each portion of your coconut into a plastic 'ziploc' storage bag. Drop one drop of gel food coloring into each bag and use your fingers to move the coconut around in the bag until the color has been distributed. It doesn't need to be perfectly even in coloring, as the variations in each color look nice.
Frost the cookies, either spread evenly over the top of each cookie using an offset spatula or a butter knife. Or pipe a ring around the outer edge of the sugar cookies to help make the basket shape.
You can pipe the buttercream frosting on with a large round open tip, or an open star tip. You can also use a small plastic storage bag and snip a bottom corner off.
Sprinkle the colored shredded coconut onto the top of each cookie. Top each cookie with a trio of your Cadbury's shimmer mini milk chocolate eggs, or your desired egg shaped candy.
Easter Basket Cookies
- Color your coconut by dividing your desired portions per selected colors and placing each coconut portion into a ziploc plastic storage bag. I used three colors, so divided my coconut into three batches and placed each portion into one of three storage bags.
- Add a drop of gel food coloring into each storage bag of coconut, seal the bag. Use your fingers to move the coconut around in the bag, distributing the coloring throughout the coconut. Allow the coconut to dry for a few minutes.
- Once cookies are cooled, pipe or spread the buttercream frosting onto the cookies. I suggest piping a circle around the cookie edge to hold your coconut 'nest' in place.
- Sprinkle coconut onto the frosted cookies then place 3 of each Cadbury shimmer mini milk chocolate eggs onto each cookie.
Angela is an at home chef that developed a passion for all things cooking and baking at a young age in her Grandma's kitchen. After many years in the food service industry, she now enjoys sharing all of her family favorite recipes and creating tasty dinner and amazing dessert recipes here at Bake It With Love!