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Easter: Cute Recipe Ideas with the Roommates

Looking to do some fun bonding before Easter break?  Well, nothing creates better bonds between friends than food…especially if it’s themed around some of the most traditional Easter foods known around.  Here are a couple fun ones to try:

Chocolate Thumbprint Nests


2/3 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup chocolate sprinkles

Mini Cadbury eggs


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees

2. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter on medium-high speed for 30 seconds.

3.  Add sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.  Beat until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally.

4. Beat in egg and vanilla until combined.

5. Beat in the flour.

6. Once easily handled, roll dough into 1-inch balls.

7.  Roll balls in sprinkles to coat.

8. Place balls 2 inches apart on your lined cookie sheets, and, using your thumb, make an indentation in the center of each cookie.

9. Bake for 7 to 8 minutes or until edges are firm.  Let cool slightly before lightly pressing three mini eggs into each cookie’s center.  Transfer to a wire rack and let cool.


Peeps Cupcakes


White Cake Mix (follow ingredient list on back)

Marshmallow Peeps (Either original or bunnies)

Buttercream Frosting

  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar (approximately 1 lb.)
  • 2 tablespoons milk


Bake cupcakes as directed. 

Whip up butter cream frosting.

Place the icing in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use, then rewhip before using.  Insert the icing into a pastry bag or Ziploc bag and pipe strips of icing on the cupcakes to mimic grass.

After you’ve frosted your cupcakes, pop toothpick into center of peep and place on cupcake.

In addition to decorating the cupcakes with Peeps, you could also add some jelly beans or mini eggs to the center of the cupcakes.

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