Easter Egg Cookies Filled with Candy

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I love a good surprise. I also love a yummy decorated cookie, so when you take both of those elements and create this idea of a cookie with a surprise of candy tucked  and hidden inside I’m all about making them. Cookies like these have intrigued me since peeking at these candy filled pinata cookies  some time back and  I have been anxious to make my own version ever since.

As most SAHM know that finding time to do anything for yourself, can at times be a tough. For me as soon as I sit down, someone wants juice, or crackers or a movie on or just me in general. It becomes a challenge to find the time I need to actually pull these ideas from the constant buzz of ideas inside my head to create them. 

These candy filled Easter egg cookies were actually the first version of these cookies I made, even before I made the Pot of Gold version for St. Patrick’s day. That  idea was born as I was working on these and since St. Patty’s day tends to come before Easter,  I posted that one first.

Before I get into the whole shabang, about how I made them I need to insert a small bit of information here. Typically when I make decorated sugar cookies I use Royal Icing to decorate them. I also use Royal Icing when I make sugar toppers for cupcakes like these or these..

But I get a lot and I mean a lot of emails asking me about Royal icing; what is is, how to make it, where to buy it and sometimes just complaints about it. I personally love using it and working with it, as I find it to be unlimited in it’s creative possibilities, but lets be real for a moment.

Preparation, coloring and discovering what the proper consistency can be a bit time consuming for the person using it for the first time. It does even for people like me that have worked with it more. So I have a solution…..for me and for you, for right now. Because as much as I love it, finding the time to prepare it is next to impossible right now and that is at this moment  in time like a sharp pin popping my balloon of creativity.

But I found alternative that can suffice for the time being….ready …wait for it….. Betty Crocker Cookie Icing, you can find it at most grocery stores.

It is not Royal Icing, so it’s not for fine detail, it’s has more of a glaze consistency and never dries as hard as Royal Icing does. But for easy to do quickie decorating it totally works. It colors very easily and the consistency is perfect for outlining, filling and a bit of detail work as long as it’s not so intricate. Its a great alternative a pinch

Now moving on.These cookie were made using an amazing vanilla sugar cookie recipe from LilaLoa.com. As I have mentioned before these are my absolute favorite Vanilla Sugar Cookie as of the moment. If your up to making the dough try her recipe. But if your not feeling that adventurous, go buy some sugar cookie dough at the store, although they most likely won’t hold there shape so perfectly after baking.

This is what you will need…

  • Egg Shaped Cookie Cutter
  • Sugar Cookies
  • Royal Icing or Betty Crocker Cookie Icing 
  • Colored chocolate melts (You could just use this to decorate if you wanted)
  • Gel food coloring to color you icing.
  • Decorating Bags or small plastic baggies
  • Decorating tips/couplers
  • Miniature candies to fill cookies with.
  • Wax Paper

Roll out your sugar cookie dough and cut out your shapes using the egg cookie cutters.  Each cookie is comprised of three parts, so make sure you cut enough cookies out of the dough to be able to assemble them at a later time. Keep two whole and cut a small hole in another (using whatever works.)

Bake the cookie according to recipe directions and allow them to fully cool, before you move onto the next steps. After they are fully cooled you can get ready to assemble them. First I decorated the the tops of the cookies using the cookie icing. I colored the icing I was using a very light pink color. Pipe a nice line around the cookie and let it set.

Do this for every cookie and by the time you finish you can go back and fill in each cookie.You will need to let these sit and dry for a bit before adding in the additional details on top of the cookie.

After they have formed a nice crust on top, if you want to decorate it more you can do so. I used white icing and made a few designs on top of the cookie, to make it a bit more interesting. I started with a zig…

 
And added a little zag….
 
And finished it off with some curve lines and dots Add what you wish here..use your imagination ūüôā

I let the decorated tops dry overnight, but I’m sure a few hours would suffice it you need them faster then that. To put the entire cookie together, get the rest of the pieces and begin assembling them. I used white chocolate candy melts to attach the pieces, because I knew it would dry hard and keep it all together. I just added a bit to the bottom part of the middle layer cookie.

And attached it to the bottom piece.

Let it set up and then the fun begins as you can now fill it with candies! Just don’t overfill it as you won’t be able to attach the top. I used these fun pastel colored hard candies, that my kids call marbles.

Now add the top, I also used melted white chocolate here as well to keep it all together. How pretty!

Let them fully set up before you start doing fun stuff, like cracking them open.

 
I love how those little candies look spilling out of the cookie!
 
 
An easy and hopefully fun filled way to brighten up an ordinary cookie and make it a bit more special for  Easter!
 
Hope you enjoyed this post! If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below!
 
 
 
 

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Shamrock Frozen Yogurt Bites

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Just when I thought I was done with the St. Patrick’s day themed treats, I realized I forgot to post this one. Which is also so good that I needed to share it. I’m sure you’ve seen versions of these frozen yogurt bites, I make them all the time for my kids and thought I would dress them up for St. Patrick’s Day

Think of it as my good deed towards health.

These are super easy to make and you probably have all the ingredients on hand already!

This is what you need…

  • Yogurt ( I used¬†Greek¬†yogurt)
  • Green food dye
  • Wax paper
  • Plastic Baggie or decorating bag

Mix  yogurt and green food dye to get the color you desire.

Scoop mixture into a decorating bag or a plastic baggie and snip the corner off. Pipe the shamrock shapes onto a sheet of wax paper place on top of a cookie sheet. I made a bunch of swirls that resembled a shamrock, try a few different things to see what works for you!

Stick them in the freezer for a a bit. I actually left mine in the freezer overnight; because like a good exhausted, foggy brained mother of three I forgot I had put them in there. Needless to say the next day they were perfectly frozen, you could even see all the little ice crystals in them.

My kids loved them and ate them all!! You can do so many creative things with this!

 

Hope you enjoyed and thanks for reading along!If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below!!

 

 

 


Leprechaun Cupcake Wrappers for St. Patrick’s Day

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If you¬†are looking for a fun treat idea for St.¬†Patrick’s¬†Day, then these easy cupcake wrappers are a perfect way to add a little¬†Irish luck and charm to your celebration.

The wrappers are two per each sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper. They can be printed on standard printing paper or a sturdier¬†card stock¬†paper if you choose. All you need to do is print them, cut them out and adhere the ends using tape or glue. Insert cupcake and be the¬†St.¬†Patrick’s¬†day cupcake hero you¬†always¬†dreamed of being.

Leprechaun Cupcake Wrappers

 

Green Stripe and Chevron Wrappers

Hope you enjoy! 

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below!

 

 


Easy Christmas Tree Cookie Pops

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The¬†little¬†babes has yet to snooze through the night and at most gives me three hour clips of sleep. I’ve decided that until he does, I’m going to make the most of the many hours of ¬†the day that I am awake, which in my¬†opinion¬†is way too many.

But….needless to say that’s the only way I get anything done at this point.

More importantly like the treats I needed to make for my daughters holiday party; which I wanted to bring something fun, festive, delicious and easy.

Keyword being EASY

Cookies are easy.

Pops are fun.

Cookie pops are perfect and cookie pops shaped and decorated like festive Christmas trees are fabulous!!

These were so simple to make and decorating them is fun, if you have little ones afoot they will love helping you with them. You can get messy with these and they will still be fun, fabulous and¬†delicious.¬†And if you don’t want to make them into pops, just leave out the sticks, still fun!

This is what you will need….

  • Sugar cookie dough
  • Christmas tree cookie cutter
  • Lolly stick or skewers
  • Green chocolate candy melts
  • Yellow chocolate candy melts
  • Decorating bag or plastic¬†Ziploc¬†bags
  • Wax paper
  • Sanding sugars (optional)
  • Confetti sprinkles or what ever sprinkles you like.

Keep in mind if you don’t have all the¬†decorating¬†items on hand, just¬†USE what you have. These can be made of white chocolate, red chocolate or plain old milk chocolate. Any which way you make them will be PERFECT!!! And if you don’t have a cookie cutter, just cut out triangles from the dough

I used this recipe for Cinna-Bum roll out cookies from Sweet Hope Cookies which are in three words summed up as…

TO.DIE.FOR.

If you want to know why she calls them Cinna BUM roll outs, you will have to read her wonderful, funny post. I will include other links for other flavors at the bottom of the post, but if you want seriously easy……just buy a tube of¬†Pillsbury¬†sugar cookie dough and go from there.

If you are going to make the cookies into pops, do not add the stick into the uncooked dough.¬†Wait until they are baked, a few seconds after they come out of the oven, slide the sticks (I used skewers) into the still soft cookie, be mindful they are hot. They will set as they cool and the cookie won’t get all distorted.

After the cookies have completely cooled, get your green chocolate or whatever color you are using ready to be melted. You can add in a little oil to thin the chocolate down a bit, but not too much. Now the amount of chocolate to melt depends on the amount of cookies you are making. I made about a dozen and used about a cup or so of candy melts. If you are unsure of the amount start small and know that if you need more you can easily just melt more.

Lay out your pops on a sheet of wax paper and layout another sheet of wax paper nearby with nothing on it (that will make sense later) and get your sprinkles ready nearby. Put your melted¬†chocolate¬†in your decorating bag or¬†Ziploc¬†bag and cut a small hole and start going over the cookie back in forth horizontally. Do this for each pop and don’t worry about being neat.

Then do it again….and again…and again.

Keep going until ¬†you get the coverage you like. Before they set lift them off the sheet and place them down on the new sheet of wax paper nearby. (I told you it would make sense later.) this will keep the excess from drying and leave a finished look to the cookie. Before the chocolate sets add in your¬†Christmas¬†bling…..or sprinkles ūüôā
As your newly decorated trees set, get your stars ready. These are easy and don’t need to be perfect, as they only add to the cookie if they are imperfect. ¬†On a sheet of wax paper just pipe out some sketchy stars with your melted yellow chocolate melts.

Note: if you are going to wrap the cookie you might want to omit the star since it may break or place it lower on the cookie so it won’t break.
If you want sprinkle some sanding sugar on top before they set.

Let them set, you can put them in the fridge to speed up the process if you like. To attach, pipe a small dot of chocolate at the top of the tree.
Place the star on top… and you tree is complete!¬†I also dressed up the stick by adding in colored straws, so if you have them on hand they really add to the pops!!!
Here are a few of my favorite sugar roll out cookies!!
The End For All Chocolate Cookies (these are really the BEST tasting chocolate cookies ever!)
Hope you enjoyed this post! If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below!

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