Of Easter Eggs and Russian Cookies

Posted by The Cookie Queen     Category: Blog News

My childhood memory of Easter was the “decorating” part of Easter eggs. Easter eggs are special eggs that are often given to celebrate Easter or springtime. The egg is seen by Christians as a symbol of the resurrection.  While dormant it contains a new life sealed within it.


I remember that for every three eggs my siblings decorated I only finished one. I also remember how I was irritated by the colored Pentel pen we used because it would smudge easily and get my fingertips all messy with color and affect the surface of the white egg shell while I tried to finish coloring the patterns I drew on the egg. I was quite finicky about detail. At the early age of eight, the Easter eggs I came up with actually looked somewhat like this!


A mix of modern, diasporan and traditional Ukrainian “pysanky”.

When we were sent off to find the eggs our parents hid on Easter morning, I  actually wanted to find my own Easter eggs. The ones I decorated, to me,  were the nicest of them all. A prize was given to the one who found the most eggs (not the best-decorated egg because that would be unfair since I was  even then recognized as the artistic one of the bunch)  I did not care about the prize, I  just wanted to recover my little works of art!


In Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, and many Central European countries’ folk traditions, Easter eggs are a popular symbol of new life. A batik (wax resist) process — the most intricate of which is the Ukrainian pysanka and the Polish pisanka — is used to create  brilliantly colored eggs.


An unfinished pysanka ready for the black bath of dye. It bears the Ukrainian Easter greeting: "Christ is risen!"


In another life I might have ended up a pysanka artist!


And so, to celebrate Easter, Russian Cookie House is sending you on an egg hunt –  the first three of you who find the answer to the question below will get a box of the original, pure, genuine Russian Tea Cookies  — the cookies that started it all.  (Because they kinda look like eggs too!)  


QUESTION:   A woman named Maria Feodorovna received a surprise gift on Easter that started  both a tradition and a well known collection. What was the specific gift and who gave it to her?


Happy Easter and Happy Hunting!




  • Anonymous

    Thank you to those who sent in their answers to the questions above and CONGRATULATIONS to the winners! The correct answer is:

    A Faberge “Hen Egg” given to her by her husband Tsar Alexander III