Jelly Bean Sugar Cookies

UPDATE 5 APRIL 2012: Hold the phone, people! I just made these again with a different recipe – adapted from Five Flavor Sugar Cookies, over at Cookie Madness – and they were The Bomb.  I do not say this lightly.  The mix of vanilla, lemon, rum, and coconut works perfectly to make these cookies taste like Easter and spring all wrapped in one neat little package. Photos and recipe in this post have now been updated with the new recipe.  If you want just a plain old, plain old version you can use the sugar cookie recipe from the Sugar Cookie Bites with Nutella Nests post.  Now go forth and bake!

Yesterday I was taking pictures of the sweet miniature daffodils at the park near our house.  Today, those adorable little daffys were covered in snow.  Snow!  In March!  At sea level!  Pbblllt.  I’m ready for spring, people.  Continue reading

PB Cookie Peep S’more

S'more Before; S'more After

What to do with leftover marshmallow peeps?  S’more them!  The peep above is a homemade marshmallow version, but the store bought ones work just fine, too.  I used a jumbo peanut butter cookie for my base – since I had a batch just out of the oven – but you can use anything you have on hand, cookie, graham cracker, etc.  Top with chocolate (mine was ganache from a batch of truffles, but a piece of chocolate bar works better).  Then top with your choice of marshmallow peep creature.  Place under your broiler AND DO NOT WALK AWAY.  It should only take a couple of minutes to melt the chocolate, goo-ify the marshmallow, and caramelize everything nicely.  I’m a burnt marshmallow smore type of girl, which is good because I did take one small step away from my oven and sure enough, my peep went from golden brown to smoky black in that instant.  But still, so very tasty!

Quick and Easy Easter

Chocolate Truffle Bunny, from Truffle!

I know, I’m late to the Easter planning party!  Most of you have probably already made all your plans, picked your menus, and dyed your eggs.  I’m always a little behind with holidays like Easter, since the chocolate biz is crazy for a couple weeks before the big day – I never seem to have time to do any of my own stuff in advance!  But, if you are behind the eight ball, like I am, the least I can do is share some links and ideas with you.  Most of these things are right up my alley – as in, not a ton of ingredients, simple to make/do, not a lot of time or prep involved.  That’s how I roll.  Otherwise, I’d never get anything done!  Wait, actually . . . I don’t get much done.  Never mind.

Ideas for eating:

Easter definitely means pastries, don’t you think?  From the Chocolate & Toast archives, I’m eye-ing these babies:

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All Wrapped Up In Bunnies

Hi there!  I’m back from San Diego, running around like crazy gearing up for Easter.  I feel like I have chocolate bunnies coming out of my ears and marshmallow bunnies chasing me in my dreams.  Good thing bunnies are cute!

I’ll leave you with a couple of my favorite shots from the San Diego trip, and I’ll be back soon with something freshly baked to share!

The Best Zoo Ever

Competitive Uno. Don't Laugh.

Six Year Old Niecelet

Hubster pointing to Petco Park. He's Very Excited.

Easter and Passover Links


Its Friday, it’s 5pm, and I am officially done with the Easter chocolate biz for this year–phew!!  Now I’m ready to actually think about my own Easter, and all the things I would like to be doing but probably will not have time for . . .

Like dying Easter eggs the natural way . . .

Or decorating some super cute cupcakes . . .

Or whipping up some swoon worthy chocolate draped macaroons . . .

Or waking up to the only kind of hot cross buns that might be worth the effort, if only someone would bake them for me.

However, I think I’m going to have to make some matzo crack(ers), because it’s Deb, and because they really are that good.  And if I do it tomorrow, I won’t even have to share, since my husband will be gone all day.  Maybe, if I have the energy, I’ll make him these as a consolation prize.  Or maybe I won’t share those either.

Time to pour the wine and ponder what a Saturday off, with no husband, and a clean kitchen, might bring me . . . pure bliss!

Bunnies! And, Fresh Marshmallow.


*UPDATE NOVEMBER 9, 2011:  Holy Smokes, People, this recipe was messed up!  To anyone who may have used it in the last two and a half years (*gasp*), my heartfelt apologies.  Apparently when I was converting it from the super large batch I make for my business to a normal person sized batch, I mucked up the sugar ratio.  Yikes.  I just referred back to the blog recipe because I was making marshmallow at home, and (after two failed batches) figured out the problem!  Recipe below is now updated and should work properly.  You may now whip without fear.*

It’s only the day after St. Patrick’s Day, and already my mind is on Easter.  I can’t help it, Easter is absolutely my favorite (confectionary) holiday.  The jelly beans, the chocolate bunnies, the peeps & chicks, I love it all.  Well–not true, actually, I only love the peeps & chicks that I make from scratch, not the scary ones you buy at the store.  You know those boxes are probably the same ones they put out last year, don’t you?  (shudder)

Here are a few of the things I’m working on:

small-bunny-trioGanache Filled Chocolate Bunnies

peeps-chicksThe Afore-mentioned Peeps & Chicks

cupcake-topper-trioAnd . . . cupcake toppers!  These include piped chocolate, modeling clay, and some pint-sized peeps.

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