Fresh, Fun Easter Treats and Sweets

Sharing fellowship with family and friends at early morning church services; Easter baskets stuffed with eggs, bunnies, chocolates, and jelly beans; colorful egg hunts; and delicious dinners shared with the ones we love - these are just a few of the traditions that make Easter an enjoyable and memorable time with family, especially the kids. But if you're like many people who love their traditions, you'll probably also want boost the fun and celebration with new traditions and creative twists on your favorite treats. So here are some fresh ideas for Easter enjoyment below.

 

Sweet Easter Sushi

Give a Japanese favorite a colorful, delicious twist by making it out of crunchy crisp rice treats and delightful marshmallow chicks and bunnies. You'll need a box of crisp rice cereal, butter, a bag of small regular marshmallows, an assortment of colorful marshmallow bunnies and hens, and your favorite colors of Fruit Roll-Ups.


For Sashimi-type treats, make the crisp rice treats by following the directions on the box, but make the treats about 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch thick. Cut them into small rectangles about 2 inches long and 1.5 inches wide. Set a marshmallow bunny or hen atop the rice crisp rectangle. Cut a Fruit Roll-Up into thin strips and wrap the strip of fruit roll-up around the center of the crisp rice treat and bunny (or hen), and voila! Sweet sashimi.


Sweet Easter Sushi

For traditional-looking sweet sushi, make your rice crisp treats as described before, but don't let the treats harden. Make a line of marshmallow bunnies or hens in the middle of a sheet a few inches wide. Roll the still-warm, rice crisp treats around the marshmallow animals (make sure a bunny or hen head sticks out of the ends for an adorable look later). Wrap the Fruit Roll-Ups around the outside of the roll just like the traditional seaweed wrap in regular sushi. Cut your sweet Easter sushi rolls into bite-sized pieces, let them set, and enjoy!

 

Sugary Candy Crescent Rolls

 

Turn those flaky, buttery crescent rolls that we all love into an extra special Easter treat using your favorite holiday candies. You'll need the crescent rolls that come in a can (as many as you like); your favorite Easter candies like jelly beans, chocolates, or marshmallow treats (or any combination thereof); and colored sugar for sprinkling on top.


This one's so easy, you can probably tell where it's going to go. Just make the crescent rolls as directed on the can, but before you roll them up, sprinkle a layer of chocolate or jelly beans inside them. Use your imagination - want to go for rocky road rolls? Spread some Nutella or chocolate frosting inside the dough, sprinkle it with small marshmallows and nuts, wrap it up and bake. Or, go the snowy white center route with a layer of white chocolate and marshmallows. This is a fabulous recipe to let the kids in on - they just love when they can put their favorite things in the rolls too. Once your sweet, stuffed crescent rolls come out of the oven, sprinkle them with colored sugar and serve warm.

 

Easy Easter Eggs

Dyed Easter Eggs

Kids - and kids at heart - love to make colored Easter eggs, but with the dye kits and the vinegar, it can get both expensive and smelly. So here's a quick and easy fix - one that's fun, smells delicious, and let's your children's imaginations run wild. Just use powdered drink mixes! One pack of drink mix combined with 2/3 cups of water, and that's it - you've got bright, safe, and aromatic egg dye. Best of all, you can mix your favorite colors; in fact, when using the lemonade flavor, you might want to add a little orange to brighten it up a bit - otherwise it can be pretty pale.


You don't have to stop with just solid colors, use waterproof tape to cover a stripe in the center and dye it a different color. Use a white crayon to draw "invisible" patterns on your eggs where the dye won't saturate - leaving you with flowers, stripes, bunnies, or whatever your imagination can think up. Use a little glue and sprinkle on glitter.


 

The sky's the limit when it comes to what you and your beloved little ones can create. And don't forget, after the eggs are done - make sure to hide them and go on a massive Easter Egg hunt. The rewards for finding the biggest, prettiest, or most eggs can be other delicious treats found here.

 

And, if you want to make a delicious, visually stunning treat, you can use your dyed Easter eggs to make a gorgeous braided, decorated bread. Use your favorite sweet bread dough recipe, roll the dough into three equal strands, squish the ends together on one side, then braid the dough. Then, in the coup de grace, nestle a colored egg in between the braids. Wash the bread (avoiding the eggs) with a bit of beaten egg, and bake as directed. The result will be a stunning - and mouth-watering - centerpiece.

 

Melt-in-your-Mouth Meringue Nests

 

This one's a little more complex, but the end result is crunchy, creamy, sweet, delicious, and - best of all - absolutely adorable.


You're going to need your favorite meringue recipe (egg whites, sugar, cream of tartar), instant lemon pudding OR jarred lemon curd - depending on how fancy you'd like to be - a pastry bag with your favorite tip, candy-coated chocolate eggs, jelly beans, parchment paper, and colored plastic grass (optional) for display.


Follow your recipe to make the meringue, preheat the oven to 200 degrees, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Draw circles the size you'd like your nests to be on the parchment, fill the pastry bag with the meringue, and pipe it out in the circles you've drawn - start from the center and make a spiral going out. Once you've completed the spiral, then make one more circle on top, around the outer edge. Bake the meringue nests for about 2 hours, until they're crispy. Turn the oven off and let them cool completely in the oven.


Make your lemon pudding according to the directions on the package, or just pop open your jar of lemon curd. Fill your cooled nests with the pudding or curd, and you're almost finished. To finish, top each nest with jelly beans or candy-coated chocolate eggs - you can even add colored sugar, bits of toasted coconut, or anything you think would look or taste good. Once you've decorated your nests, present them on a layer of colored Easter grass, and you're sure to impress anyone at the holiday table.

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Holidays and memories are made with traditions, so go ahead and send the Easter gift baskets, break out that giant ham and your great-grandmother's devilled egg recipe. Pull out your best clothes and visit family and friends, or go to your favorite church gathering - whatever it is you do to make the holiday feel like Easter to you. But don't forget, memories are also created when you create new traditions and try new things. You never know when something you found on this list and made together will become your grandchild's most treasured Easter memory.


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