How to Make Russian Easter Biscuits With Homemade Icing

Updated on April 2, 2018
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Janisa loves eating and experimenting in the kitchen. She enjoys creating new recipes and homemade versions of popular store bought foods.

You can decorate them or leave them as-is for a more authentic taste.
You can decorate them or leave them as-is for a more authentic taste.

Easter in Russia

You don't have to be a Christian in Russia to love Easter; all you need is a love for food, especially sweets, and you're set! Today I'll share a very popular Easter biscuit recipe with you. Hope you enjoy!

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Cook Time (not including refrigeration time)

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: lots of delicious biscuits!!!!

Ingredients for the Biscuits

  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1.5 tsp baking soda
  • 7 cups flour
  • cinnamon, to taste
  • ginger powder, to taste
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder

Instructions: Making the Biscuits

  1. In a small saucepan on low heat, melt and mix together butter, honey and sugar. Add the spices (ginger, cinnamon) and cool mixture to room temperature.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat eggs and add to the cooled honey mixture.
  3. Slowly add flour, baking soda and cacao powder.
  4. Knead until a soft, elastic dough forms. Leave in the fridge for several hours, or better yet, overnight.
  5. When you're ready to continue, preheat the oven to 350F (180C). Roll out the dough to your desired thickness. My preferred is around 1cm thick.
  6. Time to cut out your biscuits! Use cookie cutters or let your imagination go wild! Cutting out egg shapes is both convenient and fast, especially if you're doing this without cookie cutters. They are also fun to decorate after!
  7. Bake for 15 minutes. The biscuits will rise and turn golden. And you won't be able to ignore the delicious aroma!!

The Icing

By the way, feel free to skip this step and all steps after it if you're opting for simpler, icing-free cookies. If that is the case, they are now ready to be enjoyed!

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • food colouring, if desired

If you don't have a special icing dispenser (like me!), it is perfectly fine to use a small clean ziploc bag instead. Just cut a small hole in the corner and decorate away!
If you don't have a special icing dispenser (like me!), it is perfectly fine to use a small clean ziploc bag instead. Just cut a small hole in the corner and decorate away!

How to Make the Icing:

  1. Combine the egg white, and lemon juice in a bowl.
  2. Add the icing sugar gradually.
  3. The icing will acquire the consistency similar to that of sour cream.
  4. OPTIONAL: Separate the icing into different bowls or containers and add a bit of food colouring to each one.
  5. Fill up your icing dispenser with your homemade icing. You can always use a ziploc bag instead!

Decorating the Biscuits

Make sure the biscuits have cooled down before beginning to decorate. Draw whatever you want using your homemade icing, be it festive phrases or unique Easter egg designs.

If you plan to give these as gifts, wait a few hours before packaging the treats. The icing needs to be completely dry before you do so.

Happy Easter!

Have an amazing Easter weekend, whether you celebrate it or not. Even if you don't, you still have a great excuse to treat yourself to these Russian Easter biscuits! Enjoy them!!

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        Dora Weithers 2 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks for the recipe. Your decorated biscuits look amazing! Congratulations on your win!

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        Shauna L Bowling 2 weeks ago from Central Florida

        These cookies are beautiful, Janisa! The ginger and cinnamon in the recipe tames the sweetness, I'm sure. I think I would enjoy them just as they are, without the icing.

        Congratulations on winning a spot in the Easter writing contest!

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        Margie Lynn 4 weeks ago from Beautiful Texas Hill Country

        Janisa, I thought it was coco powder, but was not positive. Thanks for your reply!

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        Janisa 4 weeks ago from Earth

        @margielynn Cacao powder = cocoa powder, I always thought they're the same thing, maybe I should change the name for it in the recipe. Enjoy the biscuits when you make them!

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        Margie Lynn 4 weeks ago from Beautiful Texas Hill Country

        I am going to make this, what a beautiful cookie! Could you please tell me what cacao is, thank you. Thanks for sharing!

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