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How to Color Easter Eggs


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Easter Eggs

Stephanie Gallagher
Coloring Easter eggs is easy with this simple recipe. The key is to use eggs that are about 1 week old - they work best for hard-boiling.

Now, my directions for hard boiling the eggs in this recipe are slightly different from the directions in my recipe for perfectly-cooked hard-boiled eggs. That's because we're less concerned about a perfectly cooked yolk here, and more interested in a shell that won't crack easily. I'm also including vinegar in the water in this recipe, which will help the dye adhere better to the eggs.

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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 6-12 large white eggs
  • 2 Tbsp. vinegar, divided
  • water
  • food coloring
  • 3 cups ice


  1. Place the eggs in a large saucepan. Add enough water to cover the eggs by one inch.

  2. Add one tablespoon of the vinegar to the saucepan.

  3. Bring to a boil, uncovered, over medium-high heat.

  4. As soon as the water boils, cover the eggs, and remove the saucepan from the heat. Let the eggs sit in the covered pot for 15 minutes.

  5. Meanwhile, prepare the dyes. Lay newspapers out over your work surface. Find 3 cups large enough to hold one egg and enough water to cover that egg in each.

  6. Place a teaspoon of vinegar and about 1-1/2 cups of hot tap water in each cup.

  7. Add a few drops of food coloring (a different color in each) to each cup. Stir.

  8. Place the ice in a large bowl with enough water to come to the top.

  9. Drain the eggs, and pour cold water over the eggs to cool off. Then immerse them in the ice water bath.

  10. Place an egg in the desired dye and let it sit for several minutes.

  11. Gently lift the egg out with a spoon. Wipe it off with a paper towel, and place in a container, such as an empty egg carton to dry.
Refrigerate the eggs in the coldest part of the refrigerator until ready to use.
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