Monday, March 17, 2008

Easter Egg Cookies

This time of year, specifically this week, eggs at the grocery store go on sale. Kids pick out the dying kits they want to use and moms make sure they have vinegar on hand...why? To dye Easter eggs. But what do you do with those Easter eggs afterwards? Some people eat them, using them to make deviled eggs or egg salad. Other people simply let them sit around until they're no good anymore...eggs wasted! Why not make some eggs that will be certain to be eaten? That's what I did. This month's Masterbaker challenge is to make something with Easter candy. There are so many candies specific to Easter such as Peeps rabbits, jelly beans, Cadbury eggs, and chocolate easter bunnies; but my favorite is just the special Reeses pieces eggs! So, this is the candy I chose to use...and then hide because that's what you should do with Easter eggs, right? I chose to dye my cookie dough pink, blue, and purple...which lead to a beautiful psychodelic art in my mixing bowl! Kind of reminds me of the car wash, Mama! Anyway, this is great for little hands and little mouths. They'll enjoy hiding the eggs inside cookie eggs and then finding the eggs inside with their little teeth! Enjoy!
Hidden Eggs Easter Egg Cookies \
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) margarine
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups AP flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
food coloring
Reeses pieces Easter egg candies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter, margarine, and sugar until creamy. Add egg and vanilla; mix. Combine flour, soda, and salt. Stir into butter mixture. This will be very thick. If you desire, split dough into equal parts for how many colors you want. Drip in food coloring and mix into dough. Using a cookie scoop, put dough onto baking sheet/stone. With the back of a teaspoon measure (sprayed with cooking spray), make a well in the dough. Place one candy egg in the well and shape dough around it. Be careful...you might have some eggs that like to peek out! With wet fingers (from water, please!), shape the cookies into the shape of an egg. Bake for 12 minutes. Don't worry...you might still have a few peekers! Remove from oven and allow to cool for 2-3 minutes before removing from pan to cooling rack. Place on a plate for the Easter bunny, or for anyone else who might like a cookie!, and let HIM find the eggs for a change and find the surprise inside!

6 comments:

freepersonaltrainer said...

wow these cookies look amazing! i think im going to make them for my family get together. thanks for the idea!

Nikki57 said...

oh yum! I love Reeces eggs and the different colors are super cute

Claire said...

FPT - I hope they turn out! If they get too cool, try just a quick (like 5 seconds) zap in the microwave.

Nikki - Thanks! The colors were done on a whim!

Nikki57 said...

Colors totally earn bonus points :P

Anonymous said...

I knew those colors looked familiar! :)

Alice said...

I am NOT anonymous---I am Alice and I said that!!