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Delectable Desserts for Easter

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Delectable Desserts for Easter

Easter Sunday always involves plenty to eat, between the chocolate bunnies, colored eggs, Easter ham, and a plethora of delicious spring vegetables. But if you plan to have a houseful this Easter, don’t forget to provide some festive desserts, too. While you can never go wrong with classics like fresh-baked pie and hot cross buns, here are a few ideas that are as whimsical as they are delicious!

Gingerbread Bunnies
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup shortening, melted and cooled slightly
1/3 cup molasses
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons water
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Simple Cookie Icing
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Sift together the flour, baking powder, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon, and set aside. In a medium bowl, mix together the shortening, molasses, brown sugar, water, egg, and vanilla until smooth. Gradually stir in the dry ingredients. Divide dough into 3 pieces, pat each down to 1 1/2-inch thickness, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least three hours. Preheat oven to 350° F. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut into festive Easter shapes (bunnies, chicks, eggs, flowers) with cookie cutters. Place cookies 1 inch apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

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While the cookies are baking, combine all icing ingredients in a small bowl and stir until smooth. Scoop into a piping bag to draw designs on cookies. Remove from the baking sheet to cool on wire racks. When cool, frost the cookie edges with icing. Alternately, add food coloring to the icing and frost the entire cookie in the color of your choice. Use multiple colors if desired.

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2 mary { 04.16.14 at 1:20 pm }

It’s great to see a man who knows his way around the kitchen! Have a Blessed Easter.

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