Easter From the Archives.

Well, I’m going to call this a win, and not one of my usual “Never-On-Time Series.” Yeah, I’m late in posting these Easter goodies from last year, but they are perfectly on schedule for THIS year. Go me!

Easter Cookies.

Our friends, Matt & Amber, hosted a big Easter party last year, and we were able to attend for a few hours. (Philip had to leave early to go to work, and A.J. is “way too big” for Easter egg hunts anymore. *sniffle*) I can’t remember exactly what Amber asked me to bring, but I’m sure it was something sweet, and that’s how I ended up with a big ol’ platter of Easter-themed cookies. ;-)

Easter Cookies platter.

I also seem to recall bringing two Pineapple Carrot Cakes:

Pineapple Carrot Cake.

And lastly, the pièce de résistance, the Easter Bunny Bread:

Easter Bunny Bread.

I had been saving the how-to for the Easter Bunny Bread for years from an old Quick Cooking, and I was delighted to finally have a big party to bring it for sharing! I could walk you through the recipe, but it’s really SO EASY, and you can find it right here on Taste of Home’s own website. I promise it’s not difficult in the slightest!

I actually bought twice the frozen bread dough I would need, sure that I would mess things up the first time. I didn’t (remember how easy it is?!), and then we had lots of bread for making later. Win-win! Here’s how Mr. Bunny looked straight out of the oven:

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He smelled so fantastically yummy, I really just wanted to eat him all up right then! I didn’t have a big enough tray for displaying him, so I just had to fill up that same half-sheet baking tray with all the lettuce & veggies for dipping, but I think it turned out well enough. I filled his tummy with a simple, yummy spinach dip, and he was ready to hop! :-)

But back to the cookies for a little bit. ;-) I made a handful of different designs, all fairly easy.

Some easy chocolate bunnies:
Easter Cookies.

Some tulips, duckies, and more bunnies:
Easter Cookies.

Some chicks & flowers:
Easter Cookies.

Some BIG chocolate bunnies
Easter Cookies.

Some hippity-hoppity bunnies & carrots:
Easter Cookies.

And a few hatching chicks as well. :-)
Easter Cookies.

But I did spend a little bit more time on one sweet “Happy Easter” cookie. I think it might be my favorite from the platter, too. :-)

Easter Cookies.

Now, if you’re looking for a sweet to share, this Pineapple Carrot Cake indeed fits the bill. Again, the recipe is easy enough to follow, and I didn’t really change anything. (I simply am not as good at decorating cakes as they are over at the Taste of Home kitchens!)

And even though my boys are so grown-up now, I still love looking back at pictures from past holidays. Here’s one I want to share with you from a handful of Easters ago:

The boys on Easter Sunday
(Sweet 8-year-old A.J. and 5-year-old Jack, wearing my favorite handknit sweaters ever from my dear Aunt Edith.)

I hope you each have a blessed & hope-filled Easter! Be sure to have just a bit of chocolate, too. After all, there’s a bit of a “holiday drought” after this for a while! ;-)

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12 comments on “Easter From the Archives.

  1. Susan on said:

    Love your “Happy Easter” Cookie and thank you for sharing the Easter Bunny Bread, too cute! Have a fabulous Easter Nicole ♥

    • Nicole on said:

      Thank you, Susan! I want to do more basket weave cookies sometime, but I was pretty happy with how this one did turn out for my first go. And I love-love-love the Easter Bunny bread. It’s definitely a recipe I plan to make each year as a new tradition!

  2. Kathy Peck on said:

    You are so creative and talented. I always look forward to getting your e-mails so I can see what you’ve been up to. Everything is so cute.

    Kathy

  3. Paula on said:

    I love all your Easter cookies but the Happy Easter Basket one is my favourite…so pretty. The boys looked adorable in their hand-knit sweaters (love the floral display behind them too). That Easter Bread is the cutest and what a great appetizer idea to serve at a party.
    Happy Easter Nicole to you and your beautiful family.

    • Nicole on said:

      Thank you, Paula! The basket turned out pretty well for my first attempt last year at a weave pattern. I want to do more soon. :-)

      My Aunt Edith is so very special to me, and she always remembers my boys in the sweetest ways. Those sweaters were AMAZING, even though she downplays her knitting talent so often. I adored Jack’s multicolor one so much, and it was his “favorite shirt.” He wore it all the time for about 3 years (it was too large when we first received it), and I was so sad when he finally outgrew it. Both sweaters are tucked away in a special place for the boys to have for their own children. :-)

  4. Trisha on said:

    what an amazing collection of wonderful things! Happy Easter!

  5. Sweetsugarbelle on said:

    TASTE OF HOME?!!?! Kidding…That bread almost made me forget the cookies!!!!!! I love it!!!

  6. haniela on said:

    What fantastic collection of cookies, I’m loving your MR. BUNNY. what a cute idea!

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