Last Minute Easter Treats

March 30, 2018

Peter rabbit

Easter. That one holiday that is on a Sunday sometime in April. I thought I had plenty of time to get my Easter game on but I was so wrong when I looked at my calendar and discovered Easter falls on the very first day of April. If you’re like me and cramming for last minute treat ideas that will be possible with bare shelves and easy to make in a pinch then I’ve got you covered!

  1. Peter Rabbit’s Garden:

This recipe is so cute and little kids will love having their own piece of Peter Rabbit’s Garden!

For this easy dirt cake recipe that I made in my 9X6 Crate & Barrel Dish:

1 package of instant chocolate pudding (plus milk to make the pudding)
2 sleeves of Oreos
1 bag of gummy worms
1/2 bag orange candy melts (you can buy them at Joanns, MichealsWalmart)
1/2 bag green candy melts
1 sheet of parchment paper

Step 1: make the carrots and their tops.
-Melt the chocolate according to the directions. Make the tops first because you’ll need them to be ready when the “carrots” begin to harden. Do this on the parchment paper because they will be easy to pick up from the paper.
– I did the tops two different ways and made a TON of them that way if any broke or there were some I didn’t like that I had more than enough to go around.
– For the carrots I did circles and then filled in and then at the top made it roll out so it looked more like a carrot head.
– As the carrots begin to harden add the tops to them. DO NOT FORGET TO DO THIS! If you do then the carrots will be too hard to put the chocolate in.

Step 2: Make the pudding.
-Make the pudding according to the instant directions and then place in fridge.

Step 3: Crush Oreos.
-While you are waiting for the pudding to chill and the carrots to be completely hardened crush your Oreos.
-I took a butter knife and scraped off the cream and then put them in a freezer quart ziploc bag. I then took the handle of the butter knife and broke it down into smaller pieces.

Once you are ready to serve (do not make this hours before serving or else you will have soggy Oreos)

Step 4: Pour pudding into the baking dish.

Step 5: Place gummy worms in the pudding.

Step 6: Add Oreo dirt.

Step 7: Place carrots on top.

Serve & Enjoy!

You could also add jelly beans for “Easter Eggs” and have a marshmallow bunny if you wanted.

2. Pretzel Flowers:

So So Easy to make and little fingers will love helping you with this!

Ingredients:

1 bag of Snap Pretzels (the square shaped ones)

1 bag of M&Ms (I bought the 5lb bag because we will be using these for other Easter festivities)

1 bag of Ghirardelli White Chocolate Melts

 

 

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees
  2. Place down a mat (I used my silicone baking mats but parchment paper would work just as well)
  3. Place on white chocolate melt on each pretzel
  4. Place in the oven for 30-45 seconds. You want it to be soft but not melted. Other recipes call for 1.5 minutes with white chocolate candy melts but that was way too long for this chocolate.
  5. Once they’re out of the oven carefully place m&ms to make a flower!

 

3.Easter Egg Rice Krispy Treats:

Another quick and easy recipe that looks festive and can be made at the last minute without needing any Easter candy.

6 cups of Rice Krispy Cereal (1 box should do it give you 6 cups and then some!)

1 bag marshmallows (or 40oz or 4 cups)

3 Tablespoons butter

1/4 cup sprinkles

 

  1. Put the butter and marshmallows in a pot on low heat and stir until marshmallows and butter are completely melted.
  2. Pour the melted marshmallows and butter into a bowl with the rice krispy cereal (or you can pour the cereal into the pot).
  3. Add the sprinkles once the mixture has cooled a little so the sprinkles don’t melt.
  4. Pour into pan (if you want squares) or put on parchment paper and cover with another piece of parchment paper and roll out, cut with egg cutter.
  5. Once the eggs have kept shape add vanilla frosting or melted white chocolate and decorate!

 

 

4. Easy Fruit Salad:

This salad can serve four people, or one if you’re like me and love a good fruit salad! It is so delicious that its usually gone first!

1 Can of Fruit Cocktail

1 small thing of yogurt (choose whatever flavor your like best)

1 bag of Kraft Mini Marshmallows (any marshmallows will do but for this Spring salad I used their fruit ones (when in a pinch I have even cut up the big marshmallows to go into the salad).

 

1. Drain the juice from the can of fruit cocktail. You will want to get as much juice out as you can because you don’t want it to be runny.

2. Pour the drained fruit cocktail and the small thing of yogurt into a serving bowl. Stir.

3. If you’re ready to eat the salad now then add the marshmallows. Otherwise, wait until you are ready to serve. Now you can pour in as much or as little as you want. If you have more people coming and you feel you didn’t make enough or you have kiddos digging in then add some more. Otherwise about 1/4 of the bag should do it.

4. Enjoy!

*Tips: Need this salad to go a little further? Try adding a cut banana or cut strawberries or whole blueberries to the mix!*

5. Robin Egg Easter Cake:

For this Robin Egg Cake you will need:

(1) box Funfetti Cake Mix (plus the ingredients needed to make the cake)

(2) 6in Round Cake Pans (you will need to hurry and wash one so you can reuse it for the third layer)

(1) can of white frosting

(1) bag Robin Eggs

(1) day

 

Directions:

  1. Make the cake according to the package.
  2. Prep your cake pans. I spray with cooking spray and then do a sugar coating (some people do flour but I hate the extra work of taking off the flour).
  3. Pour 1/3 of the batter into each cake pan (this will leave you a third for your final layer). I then drop the pan onto the counter to get out all the air bubbles.
  4. Bake at 350 until cooked through. Let them cool. Then take one pan carefully transfer the cake to a plate, hurry and wash it, then prep it and pour in the final layer.
  5. Once cooled wrap in plastic wrap and foil. Place in freezer overnight.
  6. Take the cakes out of the freezer and level them. Place them back in the freezer until you have the eggs set up and the icing ready.
  7. Place one level down. Add a liberal amount of frosting for the in-between layer. Stack your second. Repeat with frosting. Stack your third (your MOST level cake). Then top that one. Don’t worry about getting a smooth top finish on it just yet.
  8. Add your “naked” coat to the outside. You want just enough that you can see the cake underneath but not a lot that it looks like you forgot to add a final frosting coat.
  9. Get a hot knife (run it under hot water) and smooth your top and your edges.
  10. Add the Robin Eggs to the top.

 

Links:

Robin Egg Easter Cake:

https://www.thesimplicityjournalblog.com/2018/03/02/robin-egg-easter-cake/

https://www.thesimplicityjournalblog.com/2018/03/02/robin-egg-easter-cake/

Peter Rabbits Garden:

https://www.thesimplicityjournalblog.com/2018/03/13/petter-rabbit-garden-recipe/

Pretzel Flowers:

https://www.thesimplicityjournalblog.com/2018/03/23/pretzel-flowers/

Rice Krispy Eggs:

https://www.thesimplicityjournalblog.com/2018/03/19/easter-rice-krispy-treats/

Easy Fruit Salad: https://www.thesimplicityjournalblog.com/2018/03/12/the-easiest-spring-fruit-salad/

 

Jessica is a wife and mom of two girls living in Arizona.

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