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Spring Cookies for Kids

<a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/cookies-on-stick-10000001038764/" target="_blank">Cookies on a Stick</a> - Ralph Anderson / styling Buffy Hargett / food styling Rebecca Kracke Gordon
Cookies on a Stick Ralph Anderson / styling Buffy Hargett / food styling Rebecca Kracke Gordon

These pretty spring cookies double as the perfect party snacks or a centerpiece.

As the little ones don their spring finery and await Peter Cottontail's arrival, these special cookies are sure to become the golden egg of your gathering. Just three essentials--a simple sugar cookie dough, wooden craft sticks, and edible decorations--are all you need to create these fun-to-eat favors. You can make them a few days in advance and store in a cool, dry place.

It's best to serve these cookies in the milder seasons; a hot Southern summer may cause them to melt and fall apart. Let this versatile recipe inspire fun treats for any cooler-weather occasion. If you're looking for warm-weather treats, try our Cookie Recipes for Kids.

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Sources:
Cookie cutters (1 1/2-inch and 4 1/2-inch bunny, butterfly, and chick) and pastel-colored sugars from Wilton, 1-800-794-5866 or www.wilton.com; fine pastel-colored sugars, pastel-colored eggs, pastel-colored confetti, and pastel-colored tiny sequins from Sweet Celebrations, 1-800-328-6722 or www.maidofscandinavia.com; pastel nonpareils from Target, www.target.com.

This article is from the March 2005 issue of Southern Living.

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