Celebrate Easter At Home!
If you are celebrating Easter this year with family members or friends at your home, we have some great ideas to help make this year more fun and festive! Whether you are more into baking, movies or crafts- we have an idea for all! Keep reading to find out more.
Color Easter Eggs
- Coloring East Eggs is something fun you can do at home with kids of any age! You can order an easy kit online.
- If you don’t have color dye at home, you can always print out images of eggs and bunnies to color in at home! Coloring is proven to actually reduce anxiety- so parents, this may actually be good for you to participate in with your kids!
At Home Egg Hunt
- If you save your Easter eggs that you hide each year then you are already set. Create a fun hunt in your apartment! You can print out little eggs to hide online too.
An Easter movie marathon is great option for spending Easter at home! Check out:
- Hop, a great animated movie the family will enjoy!
- Peter Rabbit, is another great animated movie to throw in the mix.
- If you are a Charlie Brown fan check out, It’s The Easter Beagle Charlie Brown.
- Winnie The Pooh Springtime With Roo is another great springtime family movie!
- If you have dog lovers at home, watch The Dog Who Saved Easter
- For the adult crowd, given Risen a try.
Easy Easter Desserts
Carrot Cookie Bites
If you love carrot cake, but are looking for a new twist on a classic, then be sure to try out these carrot cookie bites! This delicious recipe is by Taste of Home.
- 2/3 cup shortening
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 2 cups quick-cooking oats
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, cream shortening and brown sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in the eggs, buttermilk and vanilla. Combine the flour, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg and cloves; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in the oats, carrots and pecans.
- Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake until lightly browned, 6-8 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Bunny Oreo Balls
If you are looking for a cute dessert, check out these Oreo Bunny Balls from the Food Network!
- Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Pulse the cookies in a food processor to fine crumbs. Add the cream cheese and pulse together until the mixture begins to ball up. Transfer to a large bowl and knead together a few times until completely combined.
- Roll about 1/3 of the mixture into 18 truffles (about 1 level tablespoon each) and place on one of the prepared baking sheets. Roll the remaining mixture into 18 larger truffles, (about 1 heaping tablespoon each), and place on the second prepared baking sheet. Refrigerate until firm and chilled through, about 1 hour.
- While the truffles chill, prepare the decorations.
- For the royal icing, combine the confectioner’s sugar and meringue powder in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat on low speed just to combine. Add 2 1/2 teaspoons water and increase the speed to medium. Beat the mixture until the icing is stiff enough to hold a peak but soft enough to pipe, about 2 minutes. If the icing gets too stiff, add up to 1/2 teaspoon more water.
- Divide the icing evenly between 2 bowls. Tint one bowl of icing bright pink using the pink food coloring. Tint the remaining bowl of icing with the black food coloring. Transfer the pink and black icings to separate piping bags (with no cut openings) or to resealable plastic bags and set aside.
- For the white coating, combine the candy melting wafers and coconut oil in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave the mixture in 20-second intervals, stirring between each, until the wafers are melted and the mixture is smooth, about 1 minute 20 seconds. Set aside.
- Put some white sanding sugar and pink sanding sugar in separate bowls.
- For the bunny tails: Cut 9 of the marshmallows crosswise to create 18 halves. Carefully dip one flat side of each marshmallow piece in the white candy coating, let the excess drip off and then dip in the white sanding sugar. Place each marshmallow piece sugar-side up on a plate to set. These will be the bunny tails.
- For the bunny ears: Cut 18 of the marshmallows in half on the diagonal to create 18 pairs of bunny ears. Dip the cut side of each marshmallow piece in the pink sanding sugar. Place sugar-side up on the plate with the tails to set.
- For the bunny feet: Cut the remaining 18 marshmallows in half lengthwise to create 18 pairs of feet. Set aside on the plate with the tails and ears.
- Put a truffle in the white coating and use 2 forks to evenly coat. Lift out the truffle, letting any excess drip off, then return to the baking sheet. Continue with the remaining truffles (both sizes) until all are all coated. If the coating cools to room temperature during the dipping process, microwave it in 20-second intervals to reheat. Reserve the leftover white coating to use as glue for the tails, ears and feet.
- For the heads: Dip the bottoms of 2 bunny ears in the leftover white coating, place on top of a small truffle and hold in place until the coating sets, about 15 seconds. Snip a very small tip off the corner of each bag of icing. Pipe a small pink heart for a nose on the front (face) of the truffle. Pipe a pair of eyes and mouth using the black royal icing. Repeat with the remaining small truffles.
- For the bottoms: Dip the cut side of a marshmallow tail in the leftover white coating. Place the tail on top of one of the large truffles and hold in place until the coating sets, about 15 seconds. Dip the cut sides of two marshmallow feet in the leftover white coating. Position them on the truffle below the tail and hold until set in place. Use the pink royal icing to pipe a large oval on the top each foot and 3 small circles underneath for toes. Repeat with the remaining large truffles.
- Return all the truffles to the refrigerator to set, about 10 minutes. Serve chilled.
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