Easter Recipes

Kids Easter recipes have to be easy for their sake – so they don’t get frustrated and you don’t get frustrated with them too!  :)

In my house, the day before Easter Sunday, the kitchen is a mad house!  Everyone is everywhere, baking pies, cakes, potatoes, dying Easter eggs, making vegetable platters and cheese balls and getting the table all ready for Easter dinner. 

It’s exhausting! 

But, it’s fun and everyone pitches in and helps each other out. 

My younger brothers and sisters also have a blast helping out.  It’s actually quite incredible to see what they can actually do in the kitchen after you show them how to do it. 

So, I’ve rounded up several kids Easter recipes that I know are easy for kids to help with and that they love getting their hands all messy in ;)

Making an Easter Fruit Salad

One of my favorite kids Easter recipes to start with is making a simple fruit salad. 

Take a fresh pineapple, fresh strawberries, blueberries, kiwis and any other fresh fruit that your family might enjoy.  (Just also remember that if you choose to use bananas or apples they will start to turn color and if you’re making it for the next day, and that will definitely not be desirable.)

Cut up all of the fruit into bite size pieces and mix in a bowel. 

Then, sprinkle a packet of instant vanilla pudding mix on top of all of the fruit and stir together.  You can even add about ¼ cup of cranberry juice to it to give it a little zip! 

Now, you don’t have to do all of the cutting up of the fruit yourself.  Have your older kids help you with this. 

And you can have your younger ones help you by mixing the fruit together and sprinkling on the pudding. 

Now, how's that for your start to kids Easter recipes? :)

Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs

If you want to save some money for what goes into your Easter baskets, then make your own Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs!

Now, I’m a diehard Reese’s fan and I pretty much don’t like any Reese’s knock off but this one had me with the first bite. 

There are many variations of this recipe online but my favorite is by far the following:

1 cup peanut butter

½ stick butter

¼ cup packed brown sugar

¼ tsp salt

1 ¼ cups powdered sugar

16 ounces semi sweet chocolate chips

2 TBSP shortening

In a small saucepan, melt the peanut butter, butter, dark brown sugar, and salt until completely melted and creamy. Remove from heat.

Have your kids help you with the melting phase by stirring it for you.  (I have yet to find a kid that didn’t like to stir ;)

Add the sifted powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time, stirring until smooth after each addition. The mixture will come together and form a thick paste.

Let rest until cool enough to touch.

Scoop rounded tablespoons of the mixture and form into egg shapes using your hands (or, for smaller eggs, press the mixture into the wells of a deviled egg platter).

The above step is where kids can become very helpful!  My little helpers love shaping things with their hands and the fact that they are going to be eating these eggs soon makes it even more special.  :)

Place the egg shapes on a plastic wrap-lined baking sheet and freeze for at least 30 minutes or up to overnight.

Meanwhile, melt the chocolate chips and shortening together in the microwave, using 30-second intervals and stirring after each interval until completely smooth.

Using a fork, dip the frozen eggs into the chocolate, turning to coat evenly, and let excess chocolate drip off. Transfer to waxed paper to let the coating set completely. Store in the refrigerator.

So, these Reese’s Eggs are not hard to make and many of the steps from beginning to end can easily be handled by your kids and they in turn will love helping you out!

This definitely is one of my favorite kids Easter recipes to make with a crowd of kids. 

The Kids Easter Recipes Collection includes making some Rice Krispy Bars!

Rice Krispy bars are easy to whip up, and if you have to go to a party where there are lots of kids well, you’ll definitely be a winner if you bring this simple dessert.  :)

Normally, when I am making my Rice Krispy bars, I have my kids measure out the cereal into a separate bowl and I also have them get the marshmallows all together and choose the colored food dye that they want them to be. 

Usually during the springtime and Easter season I’ll add a couple drops of some pastel color to make the bars more festive. 

Then, I am the one who does all the stirring and marshmallow melting.

When I pour the Rice Krispies into the pan, I let the kids spread the “batter” around in the pan.  Then, they take sprinkles or M&M’s or both and sprinkle them on top of the Rice Krispies. 

I love making Rice Krispy bars with kids because they feel like they have control for most of the time while we’re making them.  :)

Below is my recipe that I use for making these yummy treats.

¼cup of Butter

50 Regular marshmallows or about 6 cups of mini-marshmallows

½ teaspoon of vanilla extract

6 cups of Rice Krispies

1-3 drops of Your choice of food dye (optional)

Spray 13x9 pan with cooking spray.  Melt the butter.  Add marshmallows.  Stir until melted.  Add in the vanilla.  Then, add the rice krispies.  Stir until well coated.  Spread into pan.  Cool.  Cut.  Enjoy!

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