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Easy Easter Stencil Cookies

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Were you with us last week when my four-year-old, Sam, and I made Easter egg shaped cookies? We had a lot of fun working in the kitchen together–it was so much fun that Sam begged to do it again. Have you ever noticed that kids enjoy repeats? I almost told him “no, we just did that,” but…–you know the drill: you look at their big eyes and little grins and before you know it, you hear yourself saying, “sure”!

Easy Easter Cookies for Kids


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Unlike Sam, I’’d rather try something new, so we came up with a compromise in the kitchen that made us both happy. We did a repeat of the egg shaped cookies, but we decorated them differently. They end up looking as if they were stencil painted. This was super-easy for Sam to do; he was very proud of himself and we were both happy with the results.

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I’’ll include the recipe at the bottom of this post so you can do it with your kids without having to look it up again, but this is what we did:

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While the Rice Krispie mix was still sticky, we pressed a mini cookie cutter into the egg center. We had chicks, rabbits, butterflies and flower shapes. We used a small spoon to add the sugar; it was easier to fill in the shape that way for even coverage. When the cookies were past the sticky stage, we picked each one up, tapped the excess sugar into a bowl and removed the cookie cutter. Now you have Rice Krispie eggs with an Easter silhouette!

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Ingredients for Easy Easter Cookies

  •  3 tablespoons of butter or margarine
  •  1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows
  •  4 cups of miniature marshmallows
  •  6 cups of Rice Krispies
  •  approximately 1/4 C of each color of sugar you choose

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. Add cereal. Stir until well coated.

OR

  • Microwave butter and marshmallows on HIGH for about 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes; stir until smooth.
  • Pour the mix into a 9” x 13” x 2” pan that has been coated with cooking spray. Put a sheet of parchment paper over the mixture (to keep from sticking) and roll it out until it is about ½” thick.
  • Use an egg-shaped cookie cutter to make egg shapes (periodically dip the cookie cutter in water to keep the marshmallows from sticking to it).
  • Lay the egg shapes on a cooling rack until they’re firm enough to handle.

Note

  • For best results, use fresh marshmallows.
  • 1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow crème can be substituted for marshmallows.
  • Diet, reduced calorie or tub margarine is not recommended.
  • Store no more than two days at room temperature in airtight container.
  • To freeze, place in layers separated by wax paper in airtight container. Freeze for up to 6 weeks.
  • Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.

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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.