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Recipe of the Week: Try making your own treats

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When filling Easter baskets you can buy marshmallow Peeps and jelly beans at the supermarket, candy store or drugstore, but for something fun and different you can try making your own treats.
The list to choose from is varied, starting with fudge, peanut brittle, and truffles and includes hand-rolled coconut or peanut butter eggs that you dip in chocolate. Recipes for these treats are simple and easy to follow, and a fun activity that can include the kids as long as they are watched when they dip the eggs into the very hot melted chocolate. We don’t want anyone to get burned.
There also is an array of recipes that includes prepared ingredients, usually decorated in pleasing Easter colors. Those include fudge, chocolate bark or sweet pizzas that are studded with pastel M&Ms, tiny blue robin’s eggs, and coconut that has been dyed with green food coloring to look like the Easter “grass” that is used to line baskets. They also can be pretzels that are filled with colorful candy melts, then decorated to look like chicks and bunnies.
For creative recipes using the many kinds of marshmallow Peeps now in stores see the website peepsbrand.com.
Some recipes, like the Oreo pops below from the website delightfulemade.com, are very simple and offer a bright splash of color in an Easter basket. Whatever you choose, make sure it is fun to make and eat.

Easter Chick Oreo Pops

Yield: 12
12 Golden Double Stuffed Oreocookies

1 (12-ounce) package yellow candy melts (like Wilton brand) mini chocolate chips
(2 per cookie)
Yellow and orange candy
coated chocolate pieces
Lollipop sticks

1. Place a large piece of waxed paper on a flat surface or baking sheet. Place the candy decorations close by have the candy pieces cut in half so they are ready to go.
2. In a microwave safe bowl, start by melting half of the yellow candy melts (according to package directions). Dip the end of one of the lollipop sticks in the melted yellow candy coating, and then insert into one of the Oreo cookies. Repeat for as many as you want to make. Then submerge the cookie into the yellow candy coating, and place on the waxed paper. Place two mini chocolate chips for eyes, place a half orange candy for the beak, place two yellow half candy pieces for the wings, and two whole orange candies for the feet.
3. Let the cookies set to completely cool and harden before removing from waxed paper. Wrap or store in an airtight container. Enjoy!


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