Easy Easter Treats

Easter is Sunday, April 8th! As you prepare for the Bunny to make his way to your home, why not prepare some treats
that will impress! Here are some of our favorite easy
and adorable Easter treats for 2012.

Chocolate Nests and Eggs
From PatryAffair.com

Chocolate Nests
Yields 8-10 3-inch nests
3 cups crispy chow mein noodles
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
30 candy robin eggs (I used mini whoppers, but you could use jelly beans, foil wrapped eggs, or anything egg shaped)
In a medium mixing bowl, place the chow mein noodles.
In a small saucepan, melt together the chocolate chips and peanut butter over low heat. Stir until smooth. Pour over the noodles and stir until evenly coated.
On a cookie sheet covered in parchment or wax paper, take a handful of noodles and form a nest, making an indent in the center. Continue doing so until all the noodles are used. Refrigerate the cookies to set the chocolate for 30-45 minutes before serving. Place eggs in nests. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Nutter Butter Chicks
From bos-bowl.com

All you need is Nutter Butter cookies,white almond bark, yellow food coloring, black icing to make eyes, and orange icing for to make the beaks.
Melt the almond bark in the microwave, according to the package directions. Then add a little yellow food coloring to make it pale yellow, but you could make bright yellow or even pink and blue...like Peeps. Then dip the Nutter Butter cookies into the almond bark and place on waxed

When the almond bark coating has hardened, decorate each chick with two black icing dots for eyes and a small orange triangle for a beak.paper to cool..

Colored Eggs Rice Crispy Treats
From delish.com

3 tablespoon(s) unsalted butter
1 package(s) (10 1/2-ounce) mini marshmallows
 Assorted food coloring (optional)
6 cup(s) crisp rice cereal (such as Rice Krispies)
 Assorted pastel M&M’s (preferably Minis), frozen (optional)
1.Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Stir in marshmallows and cook until marshmallows are completely melted and blended into butter. Remove from heat. Tint mixture with food coloring, if you wish. (You can also make recipe in two or more separate batches to make different colors.)
2.Stir in cereal until it is completely coated with marshmallow mixture.
3.Mist hands generously with cooking spray. Shape cereal mixture into 15 to 20 ovals (work quickly while mixture is still warm and soft). If you like, press M&M’s into eggs to make stripes or polka dots. Cool completely. Wrap in cellophane or store in an airtight container.

Coconut Chick Cupcakes
From Pilsbury.com

1 box (1 lb 2.25 oz) yellow or devil’s food cake mix with pudding
Vegetable oil
Follow directions on box for cupcakes
Frosting and Decorations
2 1/2 cups shredded coconut
Yellow liquid food color
1 container (1 lb) vanilla frosting
48 brown miniature candy-coated chocolate baking bits
24 small orange gumdrops 
1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups. Make cake mix as directed on box, using water, oil and eggs. Divide batter among muffin cups. Bake 17 to 22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
2. Place coconut in resealable food-storage plastic bag. Add about 8 drops yellow liquid food color; seal bag and shake to mix. Frost cupcakes with white frosting. Top with yellow coconut. For eyes, add brown baking bits. Cut orange gumdrops to resemble beaks; place on cupcakes.

Fluffy Bunny Cookies
From EverythingtoEntertain.com

Bake your favorite sugar cookie recipe or even use a sugar cookie mix. Use cookie cutter to shape like Bunnies. Bake and let cool completely. 
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla
4-6 Tbs. milk (may not use it all)
2-3 drops food coloring
Cream butter and cream cheese with electric mixer.  Add vanilla.  Beat until creamy.  Add powdered sugar, milk and food coloring.  Mix until frosting is spreadable consistency.  Make a fluffy cotton tail with coordinating color of cotton candy.


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