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Kids Easter recipes abound at this time of year. Not only can kids celebrate the season dying Easter eggs, there are many fun Easter recipes kids can make with an adult's help or if they are old enough by themselves. There are the usual Easter traditions of eggs, birds, bunnies but don't forget to get your kids involved in Easter dinner too. When creating these kids Easter recipes remind them that all these fun Easter decorations are symbols of rebirth, starting anew and celebrating Spring.

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Kids Easter Recipes: Baskets

Easter Cookie Baskets
Sugar cookie dough
Licorice ropes
Jelly beans or other small candies
Prepare a sugar cookie dough either homemade or store bought dough. Spray a muffin pan with cooking spray or grease each muffin tin. Press a small ball of dough into each hole pressing up along the sides to make a well in the middle. Allow to cook at 375 degrees about 8 minutes until golden. Press down center of each cookie. Let cool and pop out of muffin tins. To decorate fill a small amount of frosting in each hole. Attach a licorice string into each frosting. This will be your basket handle. Sprinkle with coconut tinted green and add jelly beans or small chocolate pieces to resemble eggs.

check mark redYou can also do this Kids Easter recipe with cupcakes. Frost cupcakes, insert a licorice handle and add jelly beans on top.

How to Tint Coconut Green
An easy way to decorate with coconut for Easter is to add your shredded coconut in a glass or Ziploc bag. Add a few drops of green food coloring and stir together or if using a bag squeeze color into coconut.

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Kids Easter Recipes- Bird Easter Nests

Coconut Nests
1 1/3 Cup flaked coconut
1/3 Cup sugar
2 Tablespoons flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 egg whites
½ teaspoon vanilla
In mixing bowl, combine coconut, sugar, flour and salt. Stir in egg whites and vanilla; mix well. Drop by spoonfuls onto greased baking sheet. Press thumb into each cookie to make an indention. Bake at 325 degrees for 18-20 minutes. Let cool add a drop of frosting and add jelly beans or chocolate mini eggs in center.

coconut nests

Breakfast Egg Nests
2 large potatoes, shredded
½ Zucchini
4-6 eggs (depending on size of dish using)
Shredded cheddar cheese
¼ teaspoon Salt
1/8 teaspoon Pepper
4-6 slices cooked crumbled bacon or cooked crumbled sausage
Shredded cheese
Peel and shred potatoes into buttered 9x 13 or 8x8 casserole dish. Add in shredded zucchini on top, if desired. Sprinkle with seasoning salt and pepper. Bake at 425 degrees for 20-25 minutes. With the back of a spoon make an indention. Carefully break one egg into the center of each indention. Salt and pepper. Sprinkle with crumbled bacon. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake in oven about 15 minutes or until eggs are to desired doneness. Sprinkle with cheese. Top with chopped fresh tomatoes before serving, if desired. **You can do this same Kids Easter recipe individually in muffin tins.

Jelly Bean Nests Cookies
4 Cups Chow mein noodles
½ Cup light corn syrup
½ Cup sugar
¾ Cup peanut butter
Jelly beans
Have kids break chow mein noodles in small pieces. Put in large bowl and set aside. In saucepan add corn syrup and sugar on medium-low heat. Stir until sugar dissolves. Add peanut butter. Stir until melted. Pour peanut butter mixture over chow mein noodles. Stir to cover noodles. Lay out a sheet of wax paper. With a spoon drop tablespoon of noodles on waxed paper. Flatten middle with back of a spoon to make a nest shape. Have kids add jelly beans. If mixture has cooled and jelly beans aren't sticking to noodles, add a dot of frosting inside the nest and then add the eggs.

Egg Grass Centerpiece
homemade real grass easter basket
This is an easy fun Kids Easter recipe they will enjoy watching. Start this a few weeks before Easter.

Using a medium size Easter basket, line the bottom with thick heavy plastic. Add potting soil. Add seeds to the soil either radish, wheat or grass seeds. These grow quickly and will look good poking out of the soil.

Spray with water and cover with plastic wrap for several days. Then uncover and continue to spray with water each day. (a water spray bottle works well.) In about 1 to 2 weeks you will have a basket that has real looking grass in it. You can use this as a centerpiece for Easter by adding colored Easter eggs or other decorations.
~~We made our own little boxes out of cardboard.

Make an Italian Easter bread wreath.

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Bird’s Nest Cupcakes
easter nest cupcakesThese colorful bird’s nest cupcakes are sure to keep your little birdies tweeting.

Simply make a regular batch of cupcakes and frost in a dark brown. Once cooled, use a piping round tip to stack strands of frosting around the edges of the cupcakes to create the “nest”.

Add two or three colorful chocolate Easter egg candies to the center to finish it off.

Kids Easter Recipes -Eggs

Coconut Cream Eggs
A fun Easter kid recipe is to create chocolate Easter eggs.

8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
1 cup flaked or grated coconut
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon shortening
In a medium bowl add soft cream cheese, soft butter, powdered sugar and coconut. Stir together until well combined. If dough is hard to work with chill in the fridge. Form into egg shapes and place on a cookie sheet that is lined with wax paper. Place in the freezer until hard about 1 hour. When you are ready for dipping melt chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave safe dish until melted. Dip each coconut egg into chocolate to coat. Place back on wax paper and chill.

Kids Easter recipes: Sugar Eggs
Check out how to make sugar eggs here.

sugar eggs

Make Homemade Chocolates with Easter shaped molds.

Egg Dyeing Ideas

Try these ideas for decorating and dyeing Easter eggs.
  • Striped and Checked Eggs. Before dipping boiled egg in dye, add rubber bands or masking tape around egg making patterns. Dip egg into dye and allow to dry. When completely dry, take off rubber bands or tape and see your striped or checkered egg.

  • Marbled eggs. Dab different colors of dye with cotton balls onto boiled eggs. Let dry.

  • Use natural dyes such as onion skins or beet juice.

  • Make egg heads with your boiled eggs. Decorate with yarn for hair by gluing in place. Draw a face with markers or crayons.

  • Using finger paint dip your finger in paint and thumbprint or fingerprint the egg.

Egg Shell Mosaic

If you dye eggs at your house for Easter, save the shells after peeling them. The younger kids will enjoy making beautiful egg shell mosaics with them. Draw a shape, design or animal on a white sheet of heavy paper. Let them glue egg shells on their picture, creating a artistic mosaic.

Make Tie Dye Easter Egg Cookies.
tie dye easter eggs

Easter Fun Printables

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Kids Easter Recipes- Easter Bunny Recipes

Bunny Bread
This Kids Easter recipe is all in the shaping of the bread rolls.
Bread dough
Raisins for eyes
Make a large roll for the bunny tummy. Place on a greased cookie sheet. Make a smaller ball for the head and place above the tummy section. Roll two balls into ropes and loop ropes over to make bunny ears. Lay on top of bunny head. For arms and legs use smaller balls and lay next to appropriate part of body. Give the bunny two raisin eyes and two very small balls for a nose. Cover with a cloth or plastic wrap and let rise for 30 minutes. Remove towel or plastic wrap and brush beaten egg white over the top. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. This kids Easter recipe is great fun to put together. They will really enjoy experimenting on their own as to what size dough balls to use and create their own bunny body.
bread bunny

Try this Russian Easter Bread recipe for your bunny bread.

Bunny Pears
One pear half
2 raisins for eyes
1 red candy
2 almonds
Cottage cheese
To make one bunny place a pear on a plate with the narrow end at the top. Press two raisins into pear for eyes and a red candy for a nose. Press almonds for ears into top. Add cottage cheese for the tail.

bunny pear

Bunny's Favorite Carrot Cake

3 cups Flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar packed
½ cup vegetable oil
½ Cup applesauce
3 eggs
3/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups carrots coarsely shredded
1 Cup raisins
½ Cup chopped pecans, optional
Cream cheese frosting
In mixing bowl add all dry ingredients including flour, cinnamon, baking soda, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, salt, brown sugar and white sugar. Stir together and set aside. In smaller bowl add wet ingredients including oil, applesauce, eggs, milk, and vanilla. Blend into dry ingredients with mixer. Stir in carrots, raisins, and nuts. Pour into a greased cake pan or 13 x9 inch pan. (**or use the bunny cake idea below.) Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.

Make a bunny cake out of 2 round cake pans
Easy Easter Bunny Cake Recipe
For this Kids Easter recipe use your favorite cake mix or the carrot cake recipe above. Bake mix in two 8 or 9 inch round cake pans.. Allow to cool and assemble as follows. One round cake will be the bunnies head. The other cut two oval shapes off the ends of the cake leaving a small portion in the middle that will resemble a bow tie. These two oval shapes will be the bunny ears. Place them above the other round cake pan. Decorate with white frosting, shredded white coconut, candies for eyes, nose, mouth and whiskers.

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Kids Easter Recipes- Easy Dinner Ideas

Baked Ham recipes
There isn't much to baking a ham, but kids can get involved by stirring a sauce to pour over the top before baking.
Simple and Sweet Baked Ham
Rub about 2 cups of brown sugar over the top of a 6-8 pound ham. While it is cooking baste the ham with its juices pouring over the brown sugar.

Sauce for baked Ham
½ Cup brown sugar
½ Cup apricot jam
1 Can pineapple rings
maraschino cherries
Reserve the juice from the pineapple and cherries.
1 ½ Cups orange juice
In mixing bowl stir together brown sugar, apricot jam, juices from pineapple and cherries and orange juice. Whisk together until sugar is dissolved and mixture is thick and combined. Place your ham in a baking dish and pour or rub sauce over ham. Decorate top and sides of ham with pineapple rings and cherries in the middle using toothpicks to hold in place if needed. Bake for 1 hour or depending on size of ham. (follow ham's packaging directions)

Maple Syrup Ham and Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows
One of the most desired types of food to eat at Easter is ham and you can sweeten up the flavor of ham by adding some tasty maple syrup. While your store purchased maple syrup should work, try to purchase maple syrup that is 100% pure and not made with corn syrup. Adding pure maple syrup will add a sweet, delicious taste that your friends and family will love.

You can simply complement your maple syrup ham with some yummy sweet potatoes smothered in miniature marshmallows. Sweet potatoes should be your maple syrup ham’s best friend. For an extra treat, add miniature marshmallows and you will definitely get some smiles from children and adults alike.
Recipe courtesy of Menu Planning Central

Kids Easter Recipes- Leftover Ham Recipes

Ham and Bean Soup
2 Cups dried beans
8 Cups water
1 onion, chopped
1 teaspoon chili powder
Ham bone
Chopped ham, as much as desired
1 garlic clove
28 oz. can tomatoes
Bay leaf
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
Wash and sort beans. Cover with water and soak overnight. Drain. Cover with water again and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and cover with lid. Let stand 1 hour. Rinse. Add 8 cups water, chopped onion, chili powder, ham bone, chopped ham, garlic clove, chopped tomatoes, bay leaf, salt, pepper and lemon juice. Simmer for an additional hour to 2 hours on medium-low until beans are tender. Remove ham bone and bay leaf before serving.

Ham and Broccoli Casserole
Frozen pkg. Broccoli
Fun shaped noodles or spaghetti noodles, cooked
Diced ham, as much as desired
½ Cup butter
¼ Cup flour
1-1/2 Cup milk
Bread crumbs
Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Cook noodles and add broccoli within last few minutes of cooking. Drain and add diced ham pieces to mixture. Pour into casserole dish. In saucepan, mix butter and flour together. Add milk gradually and stir getting rid of any lumps. Add milk until sauce is as thick as you want. Season with salt and pepper. Pour sauce over mixture in casserole dish. Top with bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes until thickens.

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