“He is Risen” Cutout Cookies

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These “He is Risen” cutout cookies are a simple, easy cookie to make and decorate to celebrate Easter!

Five "He Is Risen" Cutout Cookies on a white marble table with an Easter wreath around them

Easter is getting close and I hardly feel ready. With all the craziness in the world right now, it’s hard to get anything and feel like I have myself together. The hubs was trying to get egg dye at the grocery store the last time he went and either they were out of it or didn’t carry it at all this year. And getting anything Easter-related on Amazon right now is pretty much a worthless cause. Time to google “how to make Easter egg dye”.

Fortunately the boys are only 2 and I think they’ll love whatever we do. We have some things and it’s plenty. We should at least be able to dye eggs! I had hoped to start establishing more traditions with them this year, but it’ll have to wait until next year.

Baking of course will be a tradition in some shape or form, and cutout cookies such as these would be a great option. The crosses are super fun and perfect for Easter (a great reminder of the true reason for the season), but you could add in other shapes too. I’ve seen lots of cookie decorating kits going around online lately. You could totally make your own at home with this recipe and have lots of fun with the kiddos!

Overhead view of "He Is Risen" Cutout Cookies layered on a white platter with painted Easter eggs in the background

How to Make Cross Easter Cutout Cookies

To start with these cookies, you’ll make my Cutout Sugar Cookie Recipe. It’s a pretty straightforward sugar cookie that doesn’t spread and stays soft and chewy on the inside, with crisp edges. They are perfect for decorating! And even better – one decorated, the royal icing does a great job of protecting the cookies and keeping them soft for days!

Speaking of royal icing, you’ll make that with my Royal Icing Recipe. That post has some great tips for making the icing and getting it to the right consistency, so be sure to check it out.

Once you’ve got your cookies and icing made, it’s time to decorate. You could certainly do all kinds of decorations, but to decorate them as I did is nice and simple. It goes quickly too. You can use the royal icing as is for the white. Just flood all the cookies with the white icing to start and let it dry.

"He Is Risen" Cutout Cookies stacked on a white platter with decorative pink roses

You can use the remaining royal icing for the black writing. You shouldn’t need more than about a half a cup, so if you have more icing than that, I’d probably just put the additional aside. No need to color more icing than needed.

Add your black royal icing to a piping bag fitted with a small round tip (I used Wilton 3) and add the writing.

Truth be told, I always practice my writing on some parchment paper first. I make sure I like the way I’m doing the writing and that I’m not making the letters so big that I won’t be able to fit it all on the cookie. I definitely recommend the practice round.

Once your cookies are decorated and dried, store them in an airtight container until you’re ready to eat or share them! They should do well for about a week.

Happy Easter!

"He Is Risen" Cutout Cookies layered on a white platter with painted Easter eggs in the background

More Easter Recipes to Enjoy:

Resurrection Cake
Easter Bunny Cake
Toasted Coconut Bunny Tails
Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies
Lemon Coconut Macaroons

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"He Is Risen" Cutout Cookies layered on a white platter with painted Easter eggs in the background

“He is Risen” Cutout Cookies

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 2 hours 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 9 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 12 minutes
  • Yield: about 30 cookies
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


These “He is Risen” cutout cookies are a simple, easy cookie to make and decorate to celebrate Easter!


1 recipe cutout cookies
1 recipe royal icing
Black gel icing color


1. Bake the cutout cookies according to the recipe and set aside to cool.
2. Once cooled, make the royal icing. You can leave it all white to start with.
3. Flood the cookies with the white royal icing by drawing an outer line around the edge of the cookie, then fill it in. Shake the cookie a bit to help fill in the gaps and smooth out the icing. For more tips, see the decorating tutorial. Allow the white flood icing to dry before adding the next layer of decoration.
4. Color the remaining icing with the black gel icing color, or another color if you prefer. You won’t need a whole lot of icing for the writing, only about 1/2 a cup at most. So if you have a lot more than that left over, you don’t need to color all of it.
5. Decorate the cookies as shown, with “He is risen” written on them. I used Wilton tip 3 for the writing. Allow cookies to dry completely.
6. Cookies should be good stored in an air tight container for about 1 week.


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 156
  • Sugar: 22.4 g
  • Sodium: 84.3 mg
  • Fat: 3.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 30.6 g
  • Protein: 1.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 14.3 mg


About Lindsay

I'm a wife and a mom to twin boys and a baby girl! And I've got a serious sweets addiction! Bring on the treats!

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“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29