Instead of getting a bunch of store-bought stuff for Easter, celebrate this sweet holiday with DIY treats you make yourself. It’s more personal than buying from a store, and there are lots of fun ways to play on the themes of the day.
Carrots and Easter go together just like a pair of shoes, so you can’t leave them out of your holiday desserts. Make carrots the star of the day with a sweet treat that’s not so hard to make: carrot cake cupcakes.
It’s much easier to bake and frost cupcakes than an entire cake, and you have lots of fun options for dressing them up. Once the cupcakes are frosted, classic Easter candies to give them whimsical decorations. Jelly beans are a perfect Easter cupcake topper.
Few DIY treats are easier to make than Easter bark. Mix confectioner’s sugar with semi-sweet chocolate, about 1 cup for every two ounces (two squares) of chocolate, in a saucepan over low heat. Add enough butter to get the mixture smooth and shiny. Add to this any candy treats you like and pour the mixture into a baking pan. Refrigerate the mix overnight. Once fully cooled, you can break your bark into pieces and serve it in delicious chunks.
Easter is a holiday that welcomes the warmth and new growth of spring. Lemon bars are the perfect way to enjoy it. The lemon introduces a bright, fresh taste to your dessert menu. Lemon bars can be tricky to make, because they have to be baked and refrigerated. Check the consistency throughout to be sure you’re on the right track. Once they’re completely set up and cool, cut your treats into easy-to-eat bars.
Nothing says spring like fresh strawberries. Use your DIY skills to turn them into sweet Easter treats that require very little work to make. All you have to do is melt white chocolate.
Melt the chocolate slowly in a saucepan on a low heat. Add 1 tablespoon of oil for every 4 ounces of chocolate and enough orange food coloring to get a rich, true orange color. Leave the tops on whole strawberries that have been rinsed off thoroughly. Remove the chocolate from the heat.
Use toothpicks (or a similar device) to dip the strawberries in the chocolate. Dip the berries vertically, pointed bottom end first. Don’t dip the greenery at the top of the fruit. Stand the strawberries on their tops to allow the chocolate to dry and harden. Once the chocolate is hard, your tricky carrots are ready to eat!
You don’t need the store-bought stuff this Easter. Make your own DIY treats, and put your own personal stamp on the holiday.