Article & Photo By: Alice Brookston
It’s that time of year again, Easter is right around the corner! This year, Easter will take place on Sunday, April 4, and with the current COVID-19 restrictions in place, there isn’t all that much to do. Sadly, visiting with family and friends isn’t exactly the most practical or safe thing to be doing at the moment either.
Just because you can’t visit with loved ones for Easter, doesn’t mean you can’t show them you care! An easy way to celebrate the holiday, while still maintaining coronavirus precautions is to drop off baked goodies for your friends, family, and loved ones. It won’t take you much time or effort, but it’s an easy way to show people you’re still thinking of them around the Easter holiday.
First up, we have some M&M cookies with chocolate Easter eggs. This is probably the easiest treat to make since all it really is is just chocolate chip cookies with M&M’s substituted as chocolate Easter eggs. So, what you need first is any pack of chocolate chip cookie mix, and a package of M&M’s chocolate Easter eggs.
All you need to do is prepare the cookie mix as instructed, personally I prefer the Betty Crocker pack, and then add in about ¾ of M&M Easter eggs, although this is really up to personal preference. For best results, use an ice cream scooper to get the most even cookies.
Scoop the cookie dough onto a non-stick pan, spaced evenly apart, and stick them in the fridge for about 30 minutes, or for faster results, about 15 minutes in the freezer to help them keep their shape in the oven. You should have about 12 cookies total.
Finally, put your trays in the oven and cook for about 10-15 minutes at 350℉. Take them about when the bottom of the cookies start to turn golden brown so that when you take them out they’ll still be chewy and chocolatey. And that’s it! Enjoy your Easter treats that took you no longer than any other kind of cookie and feel all that much more festive.
As a second treat option, we have some Peep filled Rice Krispy Treats. All you need for this recipe is butter, Rice Krispy cereal (if you want some added fun look for the Spring Color Rice Krispies), and some peeps of your choosing. First off, melt about 4 tablespoons of butter in a pan on medium heat, then add in three packages of peeps, about 36 total. For best results, get colors that go together so when they inevitably melt together you don’t end up with an ugly brown color. I recommend either yellow, blue, and green, or purple, pink, and blue.
As the marshmallows start to melt, try to keep the colors separate to create a swirl factor of colors, then once they are melted down, although leaving chunks of marshmallow in is perfectly acceptable, pour them into a bowl of about 6 and a half cups of Rice Krispy cereal. To make the mixture easier to remove from the bowl later, spray Pam into the bowl beforehand.
Finally, fold the marshmallow Peep mixture into the rice krispies until it is thoroughly combined, then pour into any sort of pan of your choosing, spread evenly, then use a spatula to pat it down.
For an extra added touch, put some pastel sprinkles on top of the Rice Krispy treats for an extra pop of color and fun. All you need to do now is put them in the fridge for about an hour to cool then cut, serve, and you’re done.
Even though most Easter traditions will have to be postponed for this year, making fun and easy Easter-themed treats for this holiday is a simple way to celebrate with others while being safe. For this holiday, try making some of these M&M chocolate Easter egg cookies or Peep Rice Krispy Treats to enjoy with your loved ones on this Easter on April 4.