Easy Bake & No Bake Recipes
By Lucia Rossi
Now, I don’t know exactly what the connection is between chocolate bunnies, eggs, baby chicks, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ, but I do know that this is a delicious holiday for desserts.
So, I picked my top ten favorite recipes to make your table sweeter on Easter Sunday. Whether you believe in the religious aspect of the holiday or not, this is something everyone can enjoy.
These cute garden carrot cupcakes would look adorable for any spring gathering. The recipe is really simple too! All you have to do is bake some chocolate cake mix in a mini mason jar, swirl on a circle of chocolate frosting, and then cover it with crushed Oreo cookies to make it look like dirt. For the carrots, you need orange colored candy melts and strawberries. Melt the chocolate in the microwave and dip your strawberries in them. Then, lay them to dry on parchment paper. For that extra carrot-like look, drizzle on extra chocolate in a zig zag motion. Then stick the strawberry in the middle of your cupcake. For more details, check out yourcupofcake.com.
Wish it was Christmas instead? Try these adorable Peep houses that count as a craft, treat, and décor. All you need is graham crackers, peeps, white cookie icing, parchment paper, and Easter decorations like eggs and grass. On the parchment paper, break 3 whole cracker into 6 halves. The use the icing to “glue” the walls together, and glue two halves to make the roof separately. Let it dry for an hour, then glue them together to make the house shape. Now you can decorate the inside! For more instructions, you can check out Yesterfood’s blogspot.
What’s better than carrot cake? Carrot cakes that look like carrots! Bake your carrot cake mix in a rectangular tray, then when it has cooled, plan your way of cutting the cake into triangle slices. Kelly Senyei of justataste.com, used kitchen twine to outline where she would cut. Then, you can lay out the delicious cream cheese frosting. For decorating, you will need orange and green chocolate candy melts. Melt them and put them in separate piping bags with a small circle tip on the bottom. Use the orange chocolate to draw zig-zag lines across the cake slice going all the way down. For your leaves, pipe out whatever shape you like using the melted green chocolate on parchment paper. When they’re dry, carefully insert them into your cake slices. Bam! It’s wabbit season.
It may be debatable, but on Easter, the cutest butts are bunny butts. So cute in fact, we could eat them. For easy bunny butt cookies, first bake your cookie choice into circle shapes. Cover it with white frosting, then cut a large pink marshmallow in half and place it on the bottom as feet. Cut mini marshmallows in half for the tail, and paw prints. Use while cookie icing for the toes. According to princesspinkygirl.com, you can always reverse the frosting and marshmallow colors if you can’t find pink marshmallows.
If you want a real challenge, and some serious bunny booty, go for the Betty Crocker recipe of the Bunny Butt Cake.
Rev up those engines, Wreck-it-Wabbit is coming through! This is honestly my favorite recipe yet. According to Living Locurto, all you need is Twinkies, icing, marshmallows, pretzels, Easter M&M’s, and bunny Peeps. Cut a small square in the Twinkie to make a seat, place your bunny inside, and then stick in the pretzel in front of it. Cut your marshmallows in half and “glue” on the sides with the icing. Stick on the M&M’s on the wheels also using the icing.
Who said you can’t play with your food and eat it too? Here’s another version if you prefer.
The Curvy Carrot has this simple no bake recipe for little Bird’s’ nests that would make a great snack. For 12 servings, you will need 6 ounces (1/2 bag) of semi-sweet chocolate chips, 6 ounces (1/2 bag) of butterscotch chips, 1 cup of creamy peanut butter, 6 ounces (1/2 of a large bag) of Chow Mein noodles, and 36 Cadbury eggs. First, you need to generously grease a muffin pan with butter. Then, melt your chocolate and butterscotch chips together in the microwave at 30 second intervals. After, you can add your peanut butter to the mix. Mix this with the Chow Mein noodles until coated and mold in spoonfuls of it in the muffin pan, leaving a small space in the middle. Chill the nests for one hours and place your mini Cadbury eggs inside!
You can also create the same thing but with different ingredients using the omgchocolatedesserts recipe for Easter Rice Krispie Treats, where you combine ½ cup of unsalted butter, ½ cup of honey, 8 oz. of semi-sweet chocolate, and 4 cups of Choco Krispies. When it’s done being refrigerated, you can fill it melted Nutella!
Although this is a more advanced recipe, it was too cool to pass up. Carrie Sellman from the Hostess with the Mostess Blog, came up with these surprise carrot cupcakes. You need a baking pan with a metal rack, pointed sugar ice cream cones, any kind of cake mix, cake icing, orange chocolate candy melts, orange sugar sprinkles, and green edible candy grass. Stand up the cones on the wire rack so you can bake the cake mix inside of them. Once they’re cool, top each one with a mound of icing and freeze for 15-30 minutes. Melt your orange chocolate in a tall container, dip the cupcake cones into the chocolate, and slowly pull them out. Before the chocolate hardens, cover it with the orange sprinkles. Then stick in your edible grass pieces at the top. Then you can display them on a stand, in a cake, or on a plate of crushed Oreo cookie dirt.
I’m such a sucker for truffles, so I couldn’t resist this 4 ingredient Oreo Easter egg truffles. The things you will need is one package of Oreos, one 8 oz. brick of cream cheese, 8 oz. (2 cups) of dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips, and 4 oz. white chocolate chips. Put Oreos in a food processor and blend until crumbled, then add cream cheese until well-blended. You can also do this by hand in a Ziploc bag if you don’t have a processor. Then, roll the mixture by hand into egg shapes and place on parchment paper. Next, you need to chill them until they’re firm. Properly melt your chocolate in the microwave and dip the eggs in it until evenly coated. Place all your eggs on parchment paper until they dry. Melt your white chocolate and put it in a piping bag to decorate your eggs as you please.
This chick treat is cheap and chic. All you need is pretzels, yellow chocolate candy melts, mini chocolate chips, and orange Starbursts (everybody only eats the red and pink ones anyway). Cut your Starburst into strips, then into rectangles, and then into triangles to make the beaks. Lay out your pretzels on parchment paper on its side and melt your yellow chocolate at 30 second intervals in the microwave. If you don’t have a piping bag, transfer the chocolate into a Ziploc bag and push the chocolate to the corner of the bag, then snip off the tip to pipe. Pipe the chocolate all over the inside of the pretzel. If you tap your tray against the table it will settle any bumps to get a smooth surface. Then, place one mini chocolate chip as the eye, and orange piece as the beak. Allow them to dry for about 15 minutes before serving.
Lastly, there’s Easter Marshmallow Bark, which is super easy thanks to Butterwithasideofbread.com. This is such a cute and colorful recipe and, again, requires no baking! What you’ll need is one bag of white chocolate chips, 3 cups of rainbow marshmallows, one tablespoon of shortening or coconut oil (optional to melt chocolate easier), and fun Easter sprinkles. Melt your chocolate with the shortening in the microwave until completely melted at 30 second intervals. In a bowl, combine the melted chocolate with the mini marshmallows until coated well. Then, lay them down in a single layer on parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Put on whatever sprinkles you like on top. Place the tray in the freezer for about 20 minutes so the marshmallows don’t melt. Once cooled, cut them using Easter themed cookie cutters, and you’re done!
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