Welcome to Chocolate Candy Mall's monthly chocolate candy newsletter, Charmingly Chocolate. Need some Easter dessert recipes? How about Easter gift ideas? In this issue you'll find a bit of both.

First let me wish you a very Happy Easter or Resurrection Day (as I like to call it). This is why Easter is so special to me!

April 3, 2009 - Issue #23 - Easter Dessert Recipes and Gifts

Isn't the time just flying?! I can't believe Easter is upon us already. Have you chosen your Easter dessert recipes? Making something special for Easter is pretty much a family tradition with us. Everyone brings something different to the family dinner and we get to splurge on a variety of delicious desserts.

We've received some yummy Easter ideas added to the site in the last few weeks, check them out and add your own.

Mini Boston Cream Dessert Cups

Easter dessert recipes boston cream dessert cupsBetty Crocker has a wonderful recipe that is a twist of Boston Cream Pie and was a prize winner in 2008. Instead of the traditional yellow cake, this recipe uses cookie mix as it's base.

I happen to really love Boston Cream Pie, so this little variation caught my eye immediately. I think it will make a perfect Easter Sunday Dessert.

What you'll need for the cookie bit:
  • 1 package of sugar cookie mix – Betty Crocker's is very nice, of course, but you can use any sugar cookie mix you can find locally (about 17 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup of softened butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tablespoons of sugar
What you'll need for the filling bit:
  • 2 packages of cream cheese, softened (8 ounces each)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon of flour
  • 1 Tablespoon of milk
  • 1/2 cup of sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 box of vanilla instant pudding and pie filling mix (4 serve size)
What you'll need for the topping bit:
  • 1 container of chocolate frosting

How to put it all together:
  1. Preheat your oven to 375° and prepare your muffin pans by lining them with paper cup liners (22-24) and spray lightly with cooking spray.

  2. Combine the cookie mix, 1 egg, and ½ cup butter to form the dough. Roll into balls about 1 ½ inches in diameter and place one in each muffin holder.

  3. If you have a flat bottomed glass that will fit into the muffin pan, use it to press the balls flat. Lightly dampen the bottom of the glass in water first and dip in the sugar before pressing each cookie ball. That'll give it a nice lightly sugared top.

  4. Now prepare the filling mixture. Start by combining the first 4 ingredients and blend well. Then gradually add in the sour cream, the eggs, and the pudding mix.

  5. Scoop a couple of tablespoons into each muffin cup on top of the dough and bake for 25-30 minutes until set. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 30 minutes and then remove from pan.

  6. Now for the topping! Remove the lid and foil from the frosting and microwave for about 30 seconds to soften. Give it a good stir and then spoon a nice heaping tablespoon on top of each muffin. Yum!

  7. Chill and serve. You can take them out of the muffin papers when you serve if you want them to look a little classier, but either way, the taste is wonderful!

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Easter Eggs

easter dessert recipes chocolate covered peanut butter easter eggsOne of the most popular pages on our site is the recipe for chocolate covered peanut butter balls. I'm from Ohio, and we call those marvellous treats "Buckeyes."

Since most of you seem to be as crazy about peanut butter and chocolate as I am, I thought you'd like this Easter dessert recipe for Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Easter Eggs. Enjoy!

Ingredients Needed:

  • 1/4 cup of softened butter
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter, chunky or smooth, whichever you prefer
  • 1-1/2 - 2 cups powdered sugar (icing sugar/confectioners sugar)
  • 1 cup flaked coconut, optional
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts, optional
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening

Putting It Together:

  1. Cream together the butter and peanut butter in a large bowl until nice and fluffy. Gradually add in 1 cup of the powdered sugar. If you decide to use coconut and/or nuts, now's the time to mix them in too. I don't care for coconut at all, so I leave it out entirely.

  2. Sprinkle some of the remaining powdered sugar on a clean surface and turn the mixture onto it. Gradually knead in the remaining powdered sugar until the mixture is firm enough to hold its shape when you form it into small egg shapes.

  3. Form all the mixture into egg shapes and place them on a tray or in a container to chill. Cover and chill for about an hour.

  4. Melt together the chocolate chips and shortening until smooth. You can even do this in the microwave if you heat in 30 second intervals stirring each time. Don't overdo it. You don't want to "burn" your chocolate.

  5. Dip chilled peanut butter eggs into melted chocolate to cover them. Place dipped eggs on a waxed paper covered tray to set.

I found this recipe at Taste of Home. I've enjoyed their magazines and wonderful recipes for years. I hope you enjoy this one.

Easter Gift Ideas

Not everyone gives gifts at Easter, at least in comparison to Christmas. But still, a great many people do, particularly if they are away from family and would like to let them know they are thinking of them around this special day.

If you want some homemade Easter gift ideas, there are plenty of wonderful recipes at Chocolate Candy Mall that will inspire you.

If you want some other great gift ideas let me make a few suggestions:

I hope someone you love enjoys your kindness and generosity next week, whether they receive a lovely gift or are treated to one of the homemade Easter dessert recipes. Happy Easter!

I hope you enjoyed this issue of Charmingly Chocolate. If you have any feedback or comments you'd like to share with me, just reply to this zine and let me know.

Don't forget, I'd love to hear your favorite ideas for Easter desserts, Easter candy recipes and Easter crafts. Take a few minutes to share them with the rest of us! I look forward to reading YOURS!

- Angie :)

P.S. Tax time! If you haven't done so yet, you may want to get your taxes filed before time gets away from you. It's easy to E-File and get a refund quickly. I have a family member who tends to procrastinate with taxes and ends up with penalties.  I have a feeling he's not the only one!

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