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Easter is coming soon, so I thought I would start sharing Easter treat ideas so that you have ample time to decide which one you would like to make. I have 2 criterias when thinking of what treats to make for special occasion. It has to be easy to make because not all of us have lots of time to allocate for making treats and goodies. Second and most important, it should be delicious because I don’t want to compromise the taste with anything else, after all, food is meant to be enjoyed more than admired. By easy, I mean it has to be doable in 1- 1/2 hour maximum, the lesser time the better. Because sometimes, that is all what we have in our hands. Although from time to time I am open to making exception when needed. The good news is, there are countless easy and simple recipes out there, it’s just a matter of finding it or if you cannot find one, it’s always fun to make your own and be creative with it.
With this in mind, the first few treats that came to my mind are the kind of cookies, chocolates or bars. They are fairly easy and quick to make, they taste good and they are very forgiving and not too fragile or complex. Most of these are just mixing the dry ingredients and wet ingredients then combining both mixture. For chocolates, the most will be just melting them and then molding them. Easy breezy. Don’t worry, as simple as it maybe be, kids and adult will like treats like these.
Last year, I made Small Batch Easter Brownie Bites and Easter Bark Chocolates. They were absolutely adorable, they were easy to make, and of course they taste great. Check it out and add it to your Easter treat options.
For this year, I am going for Easter cookies. Cookies are all time favorite of kids and adult alike. They are easy to make, and fun to decorate too. I used my Small Batch Soft and Cakey Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe to make this Easter Cookies. I replaced the chocolate chips with Easter M&M to match the theme. They are so adorable and cute! Let’s get started!
- 2 tbsp butter, softened at room temperature
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tbsp granulated white sugar
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
- 2 tbsp egg – room temperature
- 1/8 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 7 tbsp All-purpose flour
- 6 tbsp slightly crushed M&M peanuts or plain M&M (3 tbsp for cookie batter, 2 tbsp for toppings)
Note: For big batch, you can use my Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies and replace chocolate chips with M&M Easter candy. This will probably make more than 12 – 24 pieces depending on the size. I suggest you make it mini, especially if you are making it for kids.
- Preheat your oven to 350F degrees.
- Butter and Sugar Mixture: Blend your softened butter, brown sugar and white sugar together in a small bowl. Since this is a small batch, I mixed it manually. If you are making a larger batch, you can use stand mixer or electric mixer.
- Add the egg and vanilla and mix again till combined.
- Dry Ingredients Mixture: Add your baking soda, salt and flour to the bowl and stir till combined.
- Add dry ingredients mixture to butter and sugar mixture: Stir in 3 tbsp crushed M&M peanuts. Reserve remaining 2 tbsp for later when cookies comes out from the oven. Mix until it forms into a soft cookie dough.
- Chill for 15 minutes. Dough can also be refrigerated overnight for later baking. Bear in mind that if you refrigerate it, the texture will be thicker and it will spread less.
- Divide cookie dough balls into 6 pieces and place on a lined baking sheet or silicone mat.
- Bake for 10 – 11 minutes or until edges are golden and center is still slightly moist. Add 1-2 minutes in baking time if coming from refrigerator.
- Remove from oven and press some of the remaining M&M on top while the cookie is still hot. Set aside to cool.
Makes 6 pieces
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Other Easter Treat Ideas
If cookie is not your kind of treat to make, check out these 3 other Easter treats I have in my website. They are as easy and simple as this cookie, and they taste great too. Click on the title of each treats and you will be directed to the recipe. Enjoy!
I should not play favorite, but Easter Chocolate Bark is my top favorite Easter treat to make. It’s literally a bark of chocolate, melted and sprinkled with crushed Easter M&M peanuts. They were go so fast! You can also top it with other Easter themed candies and chocolates, play around with it and have fun.
Looking for a last minute treat to make? This Easter Fudge Brownie is the answer to that. Who doesn’t like brownies anyway?
How about a soft and nice Easter bread in the morning? Sounds good? Then check out this Italian Easter Bread recipe and make it now. I know it’s huge, but you can divide it into small portion to make it individual serving, but definitely if you have time, make it. It is not a quick as the other Easter treat I have here (I’m breaking my quick and easy rule just for this one).
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