Jelly Bean Easter Egg Sugar Cookies

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Oh hey there. Remember me? Probably not since I disappeared to the other side of the world for a week. I definitely did not have full intentions of leaving the blog sparse while I was gone, but I certainly did not feel like writing on my computer while in Bora Bora. Do you blame me? If you want some photos of my trip, PLEASE check out my instagram feed! I’ll be doing a huge recap later in April so stay tuned for that 🙂 Now, since Easter is tomorrow (basically) let’s talk sweets. But not just any ol’ sweets (or anything with carrot), let’s talk jelly bean Easter egg sugar cookies, mmk?

Jelly Bean Easter Egg Sugar Cookies

My hubs said they look like little amoebas or like weird plasma things. Which, I can kinda see. But at the same time, I also think they are so freakin’ adorable. Plus, can you really go wrong with cookies made with candy? I think not.

Jelly bean cookies

I was worried that baking jelly beans into cookies would turn them into hard little rocks that you can’t bite into. Luckily, that didn’t happen! The jelly beans are still just as chewy as ever, in fact, even a little more so when they are warm. Plus, the use of different flavored beans gives each bite of this cookie a new fabulous flavor component. These are like a much larger, less creative version of the candy from Willy Wonka that tasted like a 5 course meal.


They may not be the most glamorous thing in the world, but they are cute, really easy and don’t require a fancy piping bag, weird cookie cutters or fake grass. Which, after looking at Pinterest for 5 minutes, seems to be all the rage now. What happened to the days of simple food that is easy to make? A 12 step dessert doesn’t seem worth it. But that’s for a different day. These adorable festive jelly bean Easter egg cookies are the perfect after school snack this week or even a fun dessert for the kid’s table after Easter dinner.

Or you could just make them with all of those leftover jelly beans you know you’ll have on Monday. Rather them be in a cookie than stuffed under your couch cushions.

Jelly Bean Easter Egg Sugar Cookies

Easter cookies


Yields about 12 cookies.
Prep time: >10 minutes
Cook time: 8 – 10 minutes


  • 5 tablespoons soft butter
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (you can also use almond)
  • 1-2/3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Dash of salt
  • About 80 jelly beans
  • Cookie icing gel or sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. 
  2. Beat the butter and sugar together until creamy. Stir in egg and vanilla. In another bowl, mix the baking powder, salt and flour together. Gradually add to the egg/butter mixture and stir to combine. Form a dough disc with your hands. The mixture will be rather crumbly, but don’t worry, it comes together. If you want, add a bit of water to moisten it. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for at least an hour.
  3. Once chilled, place dough on a lightly floured surface. Roll out with a rolling pin to about 1/8 inch thickness. Cut out shapes using an Easter egg cookie cutter. Place cookies on the prepared baking sheet. Carefully press about 7 – 8 jelly beans into the cookies, at least an inch apart.
  4. Bake for about 8 – 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool on a wire cooling rack. Add a few dots of cookie icing for additional color and enjoy!

Nutritional information per cookie:

Calories: 170
Fat: 5 grams
Carbohydrates: 31 grams
Fiber: >1 gram
Protein: 2.4 grams
Weight Watchers Points: 4

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  1. Posted by Kelly on
    Wednesday, March 27th, 2013
    Ummm these are totally making me want to go on some crazy cookie binge, they look too delicious! :)
  2. Wednesday, March 27th, 2013
    How cute are those?
  3. Wednesday, March 27th, 2013
    can I say Im just little jealous of your time in paradise..looking forward to read more about it. on a different note- these cookies are adorableeeeeee
  4. Wednesday, March 27th, 2013
    I think they look adorable! Although I like your husband's amoeba reference, too. =) I'll take a dozen, pleeeease!
  5. Wednesday, March 27th, 2013
    Haha, just like guys to see a cookie as a piece of plasma! My husband would have given a similar off-handed compliment too! These look so cute and perfectly festive for Easter, Claire! Thanks for sharing. :)
  6. Posted by Laura (Tutti Dolci) on
    Wednesday, March 27th, 2013
    So cute and festive!
  7. Wednesday, March 27th, 2013
    These look adorable!! Perfect for Spring and I'm sure kids would love the sight of these too.
  8. Wednesday, March 27th, 2013
    These are so cute, Claire!
  9. Thursday, March 28th, 2013
    Um, how freakin' cute are these?!