Easter Cookie Recipes

Whether you tuck them into the kids' Easter baskets or add them to a festive Easter dessert spread, pretty Easter cookies are a surefire way to bring some sweetness to everyone's holiday. Old fashioned coconut macaroons are the perfect combination of chewy and crunchy and couldn't be easier to make. Of course, classic sugar cookies are always a hit, too—and little ones love to help cut them into cute bunny, chick, or Easter egg shapes and decorating them with colorful frosting. Want to really impress? Holiday treats don't get any simpler than our adorable no-bake birds nest cookies: all they take is a handful of ingredients and you never even have to turn on the oven. Tart, creamy lemon bars always bring a welcome bit of sunshine and sweetness to the springtime table. And if you can't get enough Easter candy? Why not try baking it right into a batch of cookies, like festive s'mores cookie cups or jelly bean meringues.

Lemon Cornmeal Sandwich Cookies

Cornmeal cookies might not sound like much. But these lemon juice and zest-flavored stunners prove that when it comes to desserts, often the simplest pleasures are the most satisfying. By adding just a half-cup of cornmeal to the dough, we created cookies that are both sweet and savory, crunchy and chewy. As the cookies cool, you’ll mix cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, and more lemon juice to create a creamy, tart filling for the sandwich cookies. For optimum enjoyment, refrigerate the finished cookies until the icing firms up a bit, about an hour (but feel free to taste-test one or two as you’re working).

Glazed Lemon Cookies

Like tart lemonade in cookie form, these glazed sweets hit all the right notes. An easy slice-and-bake dough guarantees perfectly round cookies, and the creamy tart glaze sets in just 15 minutes, making these treats ideal for toting to holiday parties and get-togethers. We really devised these with the holiday season in mind: Once you’ve formed the dough into logs, you can freeze it for up to two months. Make a few batches way in advance, to cut down on last-minute preparation and chores, then slice, bake, and glaze the cookies the night before you need them. Bonus: Sneaking a few warm ones will help maintain your holiday spirit level.

Lemon Bars

A perfect balance of sweet and tart, these lemon bars, prepared in layers, require surprisingly little hands-on work. You’ll mix the buttery, shortbread crust and as that bakes, you’ll whisk together the creamy, citrus filling. When the crust’s baked through, spread the top layer over it, and bake for awhile longer, before letting the whole pan cool in the fridge. One simply but smart shortcut—lining the baking pan with crisscrossed sheets of parchment paper—makes lifting these bars out of the pan, chopping, and storing them a snap. Even better: The individual bars, wrapped or covered, will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.