Easter Cookies – Chicks, Eggs and Bunny Butts

I had a ton of fun making this year’s batch of Easter cookies!

Easter Chick Cookie | Shake Bake and Party

Decorated Egg Cookie | Shake Bake and Party

I found the little PEEPS candy toppers at Michael’s craft store.  Aren’t they adorable?!

PEEPS Egg Cookie | Shake Bake and Party

Bunny Butt Cookies | Shake Bake and Party

Hope everyone who celebrates has a lovely Easter!

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Orange Peepsicle Cookies

I don’t care what Mother Nature says.  So what if there is MORE snow in the forecast this week?!  It is SPRING and I have the cookies to prove it!!

Creamsicle Cookies with Orange Cream PEEPS | Shake Bake and Party

If you know me, you know that I am a PEEPS freak and I am loving all the new flavors I have been finding in the stores lately.  Valentine’s Day brought cherry dipped in chocolate and strawberry creme, and now for Easter I have discovered orange creme PEEPS.  I also found Pillsbury Creamsicle cookie mix, and I thought what would could more fun than an Orange Peepsicle Cookie?

These are so easy to make!  All you need is a box of the Pillsbury Creamsicle cookie mix, one stick of butter, one egg, a tub of Pillsbury Whipped Supreme Vanilla Frosting, Orange Creme PEEPS and sprinkles in lovely spring colors.

Orange Peepsicle Cookie Ingredients

To make: Prepare the cookie mix and bake according to the directions on the box.  Once the cookies have cooled, spread on the frosting, sprinkle on the sprinkles and top with an Orange Creme PEEP! The only problem is that I haven’t been able to find the Orange Creme PEEPS in a package larger than the three pack pictured above.  Since the cookie mix makes about 2 dozen cookies and you might not want to buy 8 packs of PEEPS, you can make cookie sandwiches with any of the leftover cookies!

Orange Peepsicle Cookies | Shake Bake and Party

These are so delicious!  The chewy creamsicle cookie, the fluffy vanilla frosting and the even fluffier PEEP on top – it is the perfect combination of textures and flavors.  Perfect for stuffing into your face during the 16th, (17th? I’m losing track!) winter storm of the year!

Orange Peepsicle Cookies | Shake Bake and Party

These will also be a perfect treat to make for the kids (or grownups like me!) when Easter rolls around!  Hopefully we won’t be doing egg hunts in snow drifts!

Orange Peepsicle Cookies | Shake Bake and Party

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PEEPS Glorious PEEPS!

It’s that time of year again folks!!  Peeps are here!!

Technically, Peeps are becoming a bit of a year round thing.  They have Halloween Peeps, Christmas Peeps, Valentine’s Peeps,  star shaped Peeps for 4th of July….but the best Peeps are the iconic Easter Peeps in bright, happy Spring colors.  Even if you don’t like to eat them, you have to admit they’re pretty damn cute!

Last year I told you about some of my favorite PEEPS related activities and tried my hand at making PEEPS Bunny cookies. (Is the word “Peeps” starting to look funny to you too?)  This year, I bring you the Rainbow Peeps Trifle!

Rainbow Peeps Trifle | Shake Bake and Party

This oh-so-colorful and perfect addition to your Easter festivities was born from a failed attempt at making rainbow Easter egg cupcakes.

A friend at work gave me the Wilton Easter Egg Cupcake Pan.  I decided that I was going to make swirly multi-colored eggs with said cupcake pan.  I whipped up some white boxed cake mix, separated it into five different bowls, colored the batter in each bowl with my gel colors and then plopped some of each color batter into the egg cavities.  I swirled the colors together with the handle of a wooden spoon and stuck them in the oven.

Rainbow Peeps Trifle | Shake Bake and Party

Then I watched them grow, and grow, and GROW (kind of like a Peep in the microwave)!  Turns out I put waaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much batter into each egg.  When they were finally done baking I had eight swirly-rainbow conjoined blobs.  The colors were exactly what I had been hoping for, the shape…not so much.

So, I ate one just for the hell of it and stuck the rest in a Ziploc bag.  I wasn’t sure what to do with the rest of the “eggs” besides eating one for breakfast every day.  I briefly entertained the idea of making cake pops but I made a gooey mess last time I tried those and I just don’t have the time for the rolling and dipping and drying and dipping again right now, so that was out.  Then it hit me – I’d crumble up the cake and make a trifle!

Rainbow Peeps Trifle | Shake Bake and Party

And what better to put in a rainbow cake trifle at Eastertime than some brightly colored Peeps?!

Rainbow Peeps Trifle

Rainbow Cake

Box of white cake mix and ingredients listed on box
Blue, Green, Yellow, Pink and Purple gel colors or food coloring

!.  Prepare cake mix according to directions on box.
2.  Separate the cake mix into five bowls and add the coloring to the batter
3.  Spoon blobs of the batter in a random color pattern into whatever cake pan you are using and give them a little swirl to mix up the colors.  Don’t swirl too much or you will end up with an unattractive mess.
4.  Bake according to the directions on the box for the type of pan you are using.
5.  Let cake cool completely, then cut into bite-sized cubes.

Trifle

Rainbow Cake Cubes
12 oz container or Cool Whip, thawed
22 oz can of lemon pie filling
4 10 count packages of Peeps Chicks in the colors of your choosing (there will be extras – eat them!)

In a clear bowl (because a Rainbow Peeps Trifle is no fun if you can’t see all the layers) make a layer of the cake cubes.  On top of that, spoon a layer of the lemon pie filling followed by a layer of Cool Whip.  I used a piping bag to make the Cool Whip layer rather than trying to smear it around with a spatula – it kept things nice and tidy.  On top of the Cool Whip make a ring of Peeps, alternating colors as you go around.  Once that it done, start your second layer in the same order, topping off the whole thing with another Peeps ring.

Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Rainbow Peeps Trifle | Shake Bake and Party

And there you have it!  A bright, fun and refreshing dessert perfect for gracing your table at Easter dinner (and a great way for me to redeem some seriously deformed should-have-been-egg-shaped cupcakes).

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Eye See You!!!

Things are about to get a little hairy here on the East Coast, with the impending arrival of “Frankenstorm” (yes, that’s what the news people are calling it).   Water, bread and milk are flying off the shelves along with batteries, flashlights, and generators.  This begs the question – what happened to the generators everyone bought last year, before hurricane Irene?

Anywho, I have no desire to stock up on ingredients for french toast.  I’m more concerned about having an adequate supply of booze and cupcakes.  Too bad I don’t have any of these Peeps and Peepers Cupcakes leftover!

I had an order for some Halloween themed birthday cupcakes the other day.  When I saw these chocolate eyeball candies in the store I knew they would make perfect creepy cupcake toppers.  I also had a package of these cute pumpkin shaped Peeps that my mom gave me.  In case you missed my Easter rantings, I LOVE Peeps and thankfully there is a Peep for every season.

These were just basic chocolate and vanilla cupcakes but as you can see, a little decoration can go a long way!

Well, guess I better start battening down some hatches or something.  Or perhaps I will just have a glass of wine… : )

 

 

Peeps Part Deux

A few weeks ago I did a sneak peek post on one of my favorite holiday goodies – The Peep! – and my attempt at making Peeps bunny cookie.  Today I am back with more sugar coated marshmallow-y goodness!

And for the finale … Last year a few days before Easter I went to the grocery store and imagine my utter delight when I saw this parked out front!!!

It’s the PeepMobile!

A Sneak Peep

I LOVE Marshmallow Peeps!!  I love them fresh, I love them slightly stale. I love them dipped in chocolate!  Fluffy sugary goodness (and they’re fat free!)

I am not a Peeps purist; they are not just for Easter!  Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day – if the stores are selling, I’m buying!

Honestly, I think Peeps should have their own place on the food pyramid.

Some New Year’s Eve I would love to go to Bethlehem, PA to witness the Peep Drop.

You can do many things with Peeps besides eating them.  You can make an adorable Peeps Wreath for Easter, watch some Peep Jousting on You Tube or make Peeps Dioramas.

You can crochet Peeps, like my good friend at CrochetBitch.  She gave me this AWESOME Peeps Easter Basket!

Seriously, how friggin cute is this?!

There are even Peeps movies, like this hilarious version of Office Space…

You can also make Peeps cookies!  I’ve been messing around practicing cookies for Easter and I made some Peeps Bunny cookies.  I had to search the internet for quite a while to find the right shaped cookie cutter, but find it I did.  If you too are dying to make Peeps cookies, you can get the cutter here (they also have the traditional chick shape as well).

So here is my Easter Cookie preview!  More to come…  : )

Peeps Out!