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Panorama Easter Eggs


I’m dreaming of chocolate bunnies, colored eggs, baskets decked in ribbons and filled with pastel Easter grass, egg hunts in the yard (there’s always an egg in the downspout and another hiding behind one of the fence posts), celebrating around the table with Randy, our son Timothy, and his girlfriend Tamera, AND panorama sugar Easter eggs.
I love Easter. The pansies, pink dianthus, white azaleas, and trees in our Dallas garden are blooming, the bridal’s wreath spirea appear like large fountains of white blossoms cascading nearly to the ground, and as a testament to this season of rebirth, two little wrens have built their nest inside a wall planter on our back patio. I’ve loved standing at the window in our living room, watching them flit back and forth with tiny twigs, bits of leaves, and long grasses clutched in their tiny beaks, before they disappear into the planter’s well. Soon, a new family will emerge from the planter and we’ll have the pleasure of watching the little ones learn to fly.
Years ago when I hosted my own Texas television cooking and lifestyle show, I showed viewers how to create panorama Easter eggs – wondrous, 3-dimensional, hollow sugar eggs decorated with royal icing and a precious Easter scene within. It was one of my most popular shows, and each year, thousands of folks still visit my website in search of the recipe. It’s the perfect holiday craft to do with children, or to create as a surprise gift for loved ones.
I still remember my first panorama Easter egg. I lived with my parents and three sisters in Upper St. Clair, a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and I was about 5 years old. I had seen panorama eggs in the windows of a local shop, but never expected to receive one of my own. In my young eyes, the glistening sugar egg nestled in my basket that morning was as precious as a priceless Fabergé egg, so I can well understand the continued fascination with these exquisite, magical symbols of the Easter season.
With a little patience, a day or two of drying time, and basic skill with a frosting piping bag, panorama sugar Easter eggs are surprisingly easy to make at home, so gather your supplies, check out my recipe at, and give it a try. They’ll keep beautifully for many years of enjoyment.
Happy Easter!