Linderhof


Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas


Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Easter Cookies, Easter Eggs


There are traditions with Easter but not as many as Christmas. There are Easter foods as there are Christmas foods but most of the food centers on Good Friday on culminating with Easter Dinner on Sunday.

One of the Easter foods are cookies. My mother made cookies for my brother and I for Easter. Cutout cookies, frosted and decorated. It's a tradition I did for Daughter Sarah. And a tradition that I still like to do.

But not just decorated cookies but painted cookies. Little Easter bunnies with pink ears and noses and a black tail and whiskers. Perfect little bunny cookies.
And chicks -- the royal icing colored yellow and then the details painted on. The idea came from Monique, La Table De Nana. Hers are far nicer and more detailed than mine but I find these darling.
A chick and a bunny --
Two of each tied in a celophane bag with a purple ribbon.
Ready to be delivered to friends and family.

And once the cookies are done, it's time to dye the eggs . . . I do as my mother does . . . . tea cups filled with boiling water, a teaspoon of vinegar and food coloring.



My French egg holder is the perfect drying rack, and when the eggs are all done . . .


It's the perfect rack to display the eggs on the breakfast room table. Another tradition . . . for these are the eggs that eons ago, the bunnies used to hide on Easter eve.

Come Easter morning, with a basket in tow, we'd go out to find the eggs hidden by the Easter Bunny. Silly Rabbit -- he traded chocolate for eggs but as he hopped away, the eggs would fall out . . . he'd have no eggs so he'd have to go to another house to leave more chocolate and get more eggs which he'd drop as he hopped away . . . .

It's Saturday and besides Pink, it's Easter Yellow. And the chicks (or my "peeps" as I called them) are definitely yellow. As are some of the eggs. And the old chick, which I rescued from basement storage today when I brought up the egg rack. He seemed lonesome.

Please join Beverly at How Sweet the Sound to see the pinks of this Saturday!

26 comments:

Mary said...

Martha, your cookies are really sweet and I love to see that you still color eggs for your table. Your colors are really vibrant. I hope you have a wonderful holiday. Blessings...Mary

Allie and Pattie said...

Martha, right now my fingertips are all shades of the rainbow as today was egg dyeing day with the kids. Some dyed raw and then baked into bread and the rest hard boiled and ready for easter breakfast. I adore your egg rack- just perfect! Have a blessed holiday
xoxo pattie

Southerncook said...

Martha, I have a very similar French Egg Tree. Imagine that??? I admit to having faux eggs in it though but they look real. When we do our Easter Egg Hunt here at our house we do faux for that too. {{{Rolling Eyes}}}

Your cookies are just beautiful.

Carolyn

Cathy said...

Decorating sugar cookies and coloring eggs are traditions in my home too. Love your little chick cookies, Martha.

Easter wishes and blessings to you and your family.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I love the chicks! Monique has the technique down but my attempts have been far from perfect.

Happy Easter, Martha!

Galbreath House c. 1890 said...

Martha, those cookies are absolutely adorable!

Happy Easter to you and your family.

The Tablescaper said...

Martha,

Such adorable cookies.

Have a wonderful and blessed Easter.

- The Tablescaper

Pondside said...

I love the idea of the cellophane wrapping and I'll be heading for the craft store to buy some tomorrow. Early this week I bought an old (antique?) rabbit cookie cutter and intend to take painted cookies to my sister's for each of the dinner guests. We'll all have eggs too, and indulge in an old family tradition of tapping the eggs end to end to see who has the winning egg.

GardenofDaisies said...

Your iced and painted bunny and chick cookies are soooo sweet! The french egg tree is very interesting! I have never seen one before. I had to chuckle when I saw that you even dyed your eggs in your pretty blue dishes. :-)
Happy Easter to you!!

D.B. said...

We color eggs the same way (that shot was great!). Sadly, I grew up in a Paas household but learned the better way of dying eggs on an episode of As The World Turns! Jack and I will be making Easter cupcakes today. He loves to help.

Tina said...

I love the egg-tree! What a treasure. And your cookies are just gorgeous. Blessed Resurrection Day to you my new friend.

BumbleVee said...

the eggs turn out great. and the cookies.... wonderful peeps and bunnies.....

today I'm trying double chocolate espresso biscotti.... that'll be instead of chocolate eggs for me....

Tami said...

Oh I love your cookies...those chicks are so sweet!
How cute is that Easter egg dye!
Have a special Easter day...xo Tami

Lynn said...

The egg tree is special, and I love the old chick! Happy Easter!

william said...

Martha, your post takes me back to my childhood. I love the old chick! Yes, the egg colors are really bright and pretty. The French egg stand is perfect. You are so artistic with your cookies. I thought I was doing well to make a platter of deviled eggs and to get out my bunny rabbit plate, put green Easter grass on it, and arrange chocolate truffle eggs on it-- so now will enjoy your beautiful Easter decorations vicariously. You have such good taste. Happy Easter!
Francie

Sherry from Alabama said...

Lovely post! I Love the cookies. May you have a blessed Easter.

Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

Regina said...

How lovely!
Happy Pink Saturday.
A blessed Easter to you and to your family.

Regina
"Pink Blessings"

Denise Marie said...

adorable post as always. Love your treasures and love your egg dying process.

Lottie said...

Happy Easter! I love the cookies and dyed eggs!

Amy said...

I love your french egg holder! I'll be on the look out for one of those. Your eggs are so pretty and usually I color my eggs the same way. This year I boiled them with onion peels...just like my grandmother used to. Happy Easter!

♥ItaJeff♥ @Something To Share said...

Lovely post. Yummy cookies.Happy Easter to you and Happy Pink Saturday too. I'm having a giveaway, please feel free to drop by and join in.
Have a great weekend.
Ita

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Happy Easter to you and your family. Have a great weekend.
Sam

Eastlake Victorian said...

Have a wonderful Easter!

Your Easter traditions look like so much fun! I used to love coloring eggs , decorating and making cookies at Eastertime, but have gotten away from it as the years go by. You and fellow bloggers have inspired me to try and get back some of the holiday magic!

-Pam

Vicki said...

Hello, Martha,
You have a lovely home! Your Easter cookies are so sweet. They put a smile on my face. Yes, I remember dying eggs just the way you did. Thanks for bringing back such wonderful memories! I hope you are having a wonderful Easter! Love to you! Vicki

Meredith said...

I love the picture of the teacups all in a row. What a great shot to capture a good memory. =) I'm glad I found you - I'll be back and thanks for the visit!

Jeanie said...

Your blog is wonderful! I must come back! Those cookies are great -- terrific icing work!