Happy Saturday, friends! Who's excited for Easter!?
Regardless of why you celebrate (or don't celebrate) Easter, a long weekend full of family, friends, searching for chocolate, and beautiful pastel colours is a weekend to enjoy! If you are looking for a few ideas for some last minute desserts, I've got you covered. These treats are simple, colourful, and of course, incredibly tasty.
First things first, flowers. Flowers will make whatever dinnerware, cutlery, table, desserts you have make 100X better. These beautiful tulips were less than $5 and have livened up the room for over a week now. Second, before you get out all of your gidgets and gadgets, use what you have. I had leftover muffins, scones, and different breads that I'd made in the last little while all waiting to be consumed in the freezer. Through those leftovers on a nice tray and BOOM, an assorted pastry smorgasbord.
Now let's get to the good stuff.
How cute are these little nuggets!? These little cheesecakes are so simple to make and are a definite crowd pleaser.
Crust ingredients: 2/3 cup graham cracker crumbs, 1T sugar, 2 T melted butter
Filling ingredients: 2 8oz packages softened cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 eggs, pinch of salt, splash of whatever flavoured extract you prefer (I used peach)!
Set oven to 325°F.
Mix crust ingredients and press into the bottom of 12 paper-lined muffin cups.
Beat filling ingredients until fully blended.
Separate the filling into 3 different equal portions and colour each portion with your favourite colours.
Gently spoon each layer over the crusts. GENTLY! To ensure minimal marbling of the mixture.
Bake for approx. 25 minutes, until centres are almost set. Cool completely and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours.
Top with some whipped cream and some pastel sprinkles and you have a beautiful and colourful dessert!
Next up, one of my favourites, some sweet meringues! If you haven't checked it out already, check out my blog post, valentines day meringues, for the simple recipe I like to use.
Simply pipe the meringue into little nests and you have the perfect vessel for all of your favourite flavours! I like to fill the bottom with lemon curd, sprinkle with coconut flakes (I used some green food colouring to colour the coconut), and serve with a side of whipped cream! Top the meringues with some mini eggs for a festive touch!
Looking for a garnish? How about some classic chocolate covered strawberries? Swap out you regular chocolate for some orange candy melts and you have to most adorable little "carrot" garnish for your Easter table!
Finally, the coveted sugar cookie. A delectable creative outlet...the cookie of all cookies...the ultimate cookie canvas!
I feel like most people have a sugar cookie recipe that they like to use. If you don't, here's a link to the one I like to follow. As far as the icing goes, I use the Wilton Meringue powder. I find it's too much fuss to try and make the icing with fresh egg whites so if you're a time-saver like me, the powder is key (see what I did there... ;) )
This video is quick and will show you exactly what you need and what the icing will look like. Just add water to thin out the mixture.
Sugar cookies aren't my favourite, but they are a great way to include the whole family in a fun Easter activity. Add food colouring to your icing, utilize a range of cookie cutters, and let your imagination sore!