Ah, the only thing better than the fresh spring breeze in the air is that fresh breeze sweetly perfumed with the smell of cookies baking in the oven! It’s time to break out your apron and get baking.
You may have hung up your apron and put away your rolling pin after your holiday baking in December, but now that spring is here, it’s time to dust off all your baking tools once again, as there are spring cookies to be made! After all, we love any excuse that helps us satisfy our sweet tooths, don’t you? Here are some ideas to get you inspired.
Invest in some fun cookie cutters
OK, when it comes to spring cookies, much of it has a lot to do with the shape. That shortbread recipe you used at Christmas is instantly a spring cookie recipe when you use a cookie cutter in the shape of a flower rather than a snowman — but really, who’s checking? Hit up your local culinary shop, and get some new shapes to inspire you. Some spring cookie shapes we love: flowers, umbrellas, butterflies and birds.
Make sure you have a good supply of food colouring
Besides the cookie shape, the right colour of icing makes all the difference when it comes to spring cookies too. Think pastels and Easter-inspired colours: yellow, mint green, pink, baby blue, lavender. Pretty, light and feminine colours.
Stock up on sprinkles and other edible decorations
Bright or pastel-coloured decorations can also add to the spring flair of your cookies — anything that’ll add some sparkle and springtime happiness to your baked goods.
Go light with your recipes choices
When it comes to the recipes you choose, keep in mind they should be light rather than dense and heavy. Citrus-flavoured (lemon, lime or orange all work well) cookies are definitely more of a springtime baked good (these lemon-scented linzer cookies are quite addictive). White chocolate (versus milk or dark chocolate) also has a lighter, warm weather feel — try this recipe for toothsome white chocolate coconut cookies. The texture of a spring cookie should be more crumbly and delicate than substantial, such as these orange crescent cookies or these decorator’s dream light spice cookies.
And of course, there are classic cookie recipes that work equally well in the winter as they do in spring, such as simple shortbread cookies, painted sugar cookies and gluten-free allspice gingerbread cookies.