Treats for your Easter baskets – pandemic edition

Maybe you want to make your own treats (and you certainly have the time), or maybe you aren’t able to buy treats for the kiddies (and big kids). What to do? Well, depending on what you have in your pantry, these are treats you can make.

Peanut Butter Eggs

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut butter, smooth
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp water as needed (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate (or milk chocolate, if you prefer)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil

Instructions

  • Cream the peanut butter and butter together with the vanilla extract.
  • Add powdered sugar and mix on low until combined. Scrape down bowl and mix again.
  • You can drizzle in some water a tablespoon at a time If the mixture is a bit dry. Some peanut butters have a lower moisture content.
  • Pinch off tablespoon-sized pieces and roll into balls. About 25g if you’re weighing.
  • After rolling the balls flatten a bit in your palms then transfer balls to a baking sheet and shape into eggs.
  • Place in refrigerator to chill until firm, at least 20 minutes.
  • Add chocolate and coconut oil to a medium bowl and melt in the microwave at 50% power in 30 second intervals, stirring in between. Stir to combine and set aside to cool to room temperature.
  • Place a chilled egg on a fork and dip into the chocolate, or spoon it over. Smooth out the chocolate and tap the egg against the bowl to remove excess chocolate then use a knife or offset spatula to remove excess from the bottom.
  • Transfer back to the baking sheet and repeat for the remaining eggs. If you’re adding sprinkles then do so before the chocolate sets. You can add more chocolate (or a different chocolate for contrast) to a piping bag, snip the tip off and pipe stripes onto the eggs. Chill to allow the chocolate to firm up and enjoy.

Here’s the video:

Martha’s Easter Sugar Cookies

Ingredients, Cookies

(substitute your own recipe, or store bought dough, if  you prefer)

4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 tablespoons cognac or brandy

Ingredients, Royal Icing

4 cups confectioners’ sugar (1 pound), sifted, plus more if needed
2 large egg whites
2 to 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice Gel-paste colors, for decorating

Directions

Step 1 Cookies: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder. In the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter, granulated sugar, and vanilla on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and cognac until well combined. Add flour mixture; beat on low until just combined. On a lightly floured surface, divide dough evenly and shape into 2 disks; wrap each in plastic. Refrigerate until firm, at least 45 minutes and up to 5 days.

Step 2 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough 1/4 inch thick. Refrigerate until very firm, about 30 minutes, or freeze 10 minutes. Stamp out shapes. Transfer cutouts to prepared sheets, about 1 inch apart. Reroll scraps; stamp out more shapes and transfer to sheets. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes, or freeze 10 minutes. Bake until set and golden around edges, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer sheets to wire racks; let cool completely.

Step 3 Royal Icing: In a bowl, whisk together confectioners’ sugar, egg whites, and 2 teaspoons lemon juice until smooth. If necessary, add more lemon juice or confectioners’ sugar to reach desired consistency. Divide and tint with gel-paste colors as desired. Pour some into squeeze bottles for detailing.

Cook’s Notes

For richer flavor, refrigerate the dough for at least one day and up to five.

Store decorated cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks.

Here’s the video:

White Chocolate Dipped Easter Rice Krispies Treats

Ingredients:

6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
10 oz mini marshmallows
1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick)
1 bag White Candy Melts (12 oz)
Red or pink food coloring
2 tablespoons shortening or coconut oil
Candy sprinkles
Egg-shaped cookie cutter
Parchment paper

Directions:

For Rice Krispies Treats

1. In large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Add a few drops of red or pink food coloring and stir until desired color is achieved. Remove from heat.

2. Add Rice Krispies cereal. Stir until well coated and coloring is uniform.

3. Using oiled spatula or parchment paper, evenly press mixture into 1″-2″ pan coated with cooking spray. Let cool. (This would be a good time to prep candy melts).

4. Cut out egg shapes with cookie cutter.

For Melted Chocolate

1. Melt one bag of Wilton White Candy Melts using double boiler or microwave method (refer to packaging).

2. Stir in 2 tablespoons shortening or oil until smooth.

3. Dip egg-shaped Rice Krispies Treats, one at a time, into the melted chocolate. Set on parchment paper and add sprinkles to chocolate.

4. Let set to harden on parchment paper, or transfer paper to fridge for quick set.

NOTE: I imagine you could use white chocolate instead of the candy melts. That is what I have in my pantry right now.

What homemade treats do you made for Easter?

 

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7 Responses to Treats for your Easter baskets – pandemic edition

  1. hocuspocus13 says:

    I did something a little different this year for Easter
    🐇 🐇 🐇
    I sent my Son several varieties of Hot Tea ~ Pure Honey ~ Biscotti and Wood Rosary Beads in a Leather Pouch

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  2. texan59 says:

    I just gained three pounds reading this. 😉

    Liked by 5 people

  3. New Nonna, Again!!! 🤗 says:

    Yum, Stella! I just may try a couple of your suggestions! Thank you!

    Since the virus ‘stay in place’ orders prevent us from seeing our 3 lil monkeys for Easter (☹️), making my preparing them Easter baskets with goodies futile (they live in different neighboring states from us), I ordered fun Easter related board books for each of them, as a surprise, to be sent directly to their homes.

    And instead of candy, I ordered each an 18 pack of those food pouches today’s moms seem to like. Each will receive an age and dietary needs appropriate pack. I know the kiddies like them a lot. And it should be a hit with their parents since it’s not just Easter candy.

    I’m excited for their packages to get to them. The books are supposed to arrive Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and the pouches, Monday. They are addressed to each child individually so they have the fun of getting their own packages like mom and dad always do. Only these are for them from the hippety hoppity Easter Bunny.

    But I still cannot wait to see them. When they’re that small, every week makes it that much harder to be away from them. I’m thankful for FaceTime and Duo. And I feel for new Nonna’s and Grandpa’s who can’t go see their new family blessings because of this virus.

    Stay strong everyone! Stay well and stay safe.

    Thanks again, Stella Will try your suggestions when the family can get together, hopefully very soon.
    🌸💖🐰

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  4. Menagerie says:

    These are beautiful Easter treats. How much each child would love to get something like this in their baskets!

    My youngest grandchild loves to make and decorate cookies with me. He will be three in May, and we make cookies almost every time he comes over. For parents and grandparents out there, I have to say let the kids do those things that improve fine motor skills. You can find videos of games and activities for the little ones. It works! I’ve never seen such a little guy who can manipulate the tiny little pieces of candy we decorate cookies with as well, and the cookie cutting and decorating is also good practice for them.

    Stella, our creations have never turned out so beautiful. Aren’t they so pretty?

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  5. glendl says:

    Thanks, they all look great, but I love anything with peanut butter

    Liked by 1 person

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