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Cooking Column: Easter treats


It’s Easter this weekend which means I get to go home and eat a real nice dinner at my grandmother’s house, complete with ham, mashed potatoes and all the good Easter dinner things. Of course, that includes desserts like apple pie and cheesecake, which everyone in the family loves… except me.

So over the years, since I was old enough to bake on my own, I’ve taken to baking and bringing desserts to holiday dinners – things that I like and that other family members will like as well. It’s a trick I’ve been pulling for at least five or six years now that apparently my grandmother knew nothing about.

I wasn’t trying to hide what I was doing, but I guess it never occurred to her that it all started for personal gain, because when I cracked a joke about it at Christmas dinner, my grandmother admitted she’d never realized that’s why I did it.

As the years have gone on, I’ve tried to make the treats holiday themed like pilgrim hats at Thanksgiving made with cookies and peanut butter cups and brownies decorated like Christmas trees. But when it comes to Easter, what do you make? I don’t have the skills or patience to make homemade chocolate bunnies. I don’t like coconut, which is often used to make things look like bunnies, and I’ve been so busy this week that it didn’t look like I would have time to make anything.

Then on Monday, I went looking for a Rice Krispies treat because I thought we had some, and I wanted a quick snack. We didn’t have any. So I continued on with what I was doing, deciding I was going to buy some at the store. And then I changed my mind. I was going to make some instead.

So the next day I walked into Target with the intent of buying just what I needed and ended up in the seasonal section because it’s Target and I always get off track. There I found these super cute pastel M&Ms and decided to add them as well. At that point, surrounded by eggs, the final piece of the Easter treat puzzle came together – I decided to make them look like eggs… more or less.

The whole process of making them took less than 30 minutes from start to finish, so there’s also a quick treat to make as well. They’re a little messy and you’ll definitely have to wash your hands afterwards, because they will be marshmallow sticky when you’re done shaping them.

Oh and, if you’re like me, and always want to add more chocolate than the recipe calls for, it doesn’t work with this one. The melted marshmallow can only hold so much together. If you try to add more, they’ll just end up unused at the bottom of the bowl.

So this Sunday, I’ll show up at my grandmother’s house with my usual plate of sweets and, when dinnertime rolls around, it’ll probably go the same as always. One or two other family members grab a bite of whatever I made and the plate somehow magically ends up right in front of me and stays there for the rest of the night. Not that I’m complaining about that.


3 cups of Rice Krispies cereal

1 1/2 tablespoons of butter

5 ounces (1/2 package) of mini marshmallows

1 cup of M&Ms


Using a medium microwave safe bowl, heat the marshmallows and the butter in the microwave for one minute.

Stir together until it’s smooth and mixed well.

Add in the cereal and M&Ms and stir until well combined.

Let it sit for a couple minutes to allow it to cool slightly.

Grab clumps of the mixture and shape them into eggs, more or less.

Serve and enjoy. 

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