Easter Nest Cookies

This is a quick, easy, and festive Easter delight! 🙂 Enjoy!

I thought today, instead of a quote I would share a song with you that has encouraged me many times, by Sara Groves. I hope you enjoy it and that your Spirits are lifted and encouraged!

“Add to Beauty” song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMzsTgaDrQo

 

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Easter Nest Cookies

Make sugar cut out cookies and let cool. Frost cookies. Add coconut to a 1-quart resealable plastic bags. Add 2-3 drops of food coloring in each bag, shaking each bag to blend color. I may be necessary to add 1-2 tsp. water to help disperse the color evenly or additional food color until desired color is reached. Sprinkle about a couple tsp. of coconut onto each cookie. Top with three chocolate eggs.

Nesting Chicks

Happy Easter! Welcome to Sweet 16’s Country Kitchen~

I was looking for some new treats to make for Easter this year, and my mom handed me this recipe, I knew I had to try it! So, today in preparation for tomorrow, made them! Here is what I found: They are super easy, really cute, and, just plain fun to make! 🙂 Enjoy!

“God says to His children: Are you lonesome?… Come to Me and I will be your friend. Are you sick? Come to Me for healing. Are you left out of things? Feeling rejected and pushed aside? Come to Me.” ~Alice Chapin

“Lift up your eyes. Your heavenly Father waits to bless you—in inconceivable ways to make your life what you never dreamed it could be.”~Anne Ortlund

Nesting Chicks

  • 1 package (10.5 oz.) miniature marshmallows
  • 2 TBSP. butter
  • 1 TBSP. water
  • 1 tsp. water
  • 4 drops of green food coloring (or any other color you desire)
  • 1 1/2 cups flaked coconut
  • 6 cups Corn Pops cereal
  • 1/2 cup jelly beans
  • 16 peeps

“Glue” (to keep chicks and jelly beans on nests)

  • Confectioners sugar
  • milk

-(Mix in enough of each until a thick frosting is achieved)

In a large saucepan, combine marshmallows and butter. Cook and stir over low heat until melted and smooth. Meanwhile, divide the coconut into three different small resealable bags, add desired food coloring to each bag and drip some water in each bag. Seal bag and shake to tint. Set aside. Place the cereal in a large bowl; add marshmallow mixture and stir until combined. (Spray fingertips with cooking spray to keep them from sticking to the mixture while handling) Press into greased muffin cups. Remove nests from cups; top with tinted coconut, frost bottom of peeps and stick to nests, do the same with each jelly bean you add.

Yield: 16

Yorkshire Teacakes

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 Happy Easter Everybody! 
Yorkshire Teacakes are on the list of my “favorite things” so i thought I’d let you in on the recipe, so you can enjoy them too!  These fruit-filled tea-time treats are thought to be a refinement of the original medieval Manchét or “handbread” – a hand-shaped loaf made without a pan.  Serve them split & buttered, either warm from the oven or toasted.

Ingredients:

  • 1 & 1/4  cups Milk (plus extra for glazing)
  • 4 cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 3 tablespoons Sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Butter
  • 1 teaspoon rapid-rise Yeast
  • 1/4 cup Currants
  • 1/3 cup Raisins

Directions:

  1. Pour the milk into the bread machine pan. If the instructions for your machine specify that the yeast is to be placed in the pan first, then simply reverse the order in which you add the liquid and dry ingredients.
  2. Sprinkle the flour over, ensuring that it covers the milk completely. Add the salt, sugar and butter, placing them in separate corners of the bread machine pan. Make a shallow indention in the center of the flour (but do not go down as far as the liquid) and add the yeast.
  3. Set the bread Machine to the dough setting; use basic raisin dough setting (if available). Press Start. Add the currents and golden raisins when the machine beeps. If your machine does not have this facility, simply add the dried fruits 5 minutes before the end of the kneading period ends.
  4. Lightly grease two baking sheets. When the dough cycle has finished, remove the dough from the machine & place it on a lightly floured surface. Punch it down gently.
  5. Divide the dough into eight or ten portions, (depending on how large you like your Yorkshire Teacakes) and shape into balls. Flatten out each ball into a disk about 1/2 inch thick.
  6. Place the disks on the prepared baking sheets, about 1 inch apart. Cover them with oiled plastic wrap & set aside in a warm place for 30-45 minutes, or until they are almost doubled in size. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 400 degrees(F)
  7. Bush the tops of each teacake with milk, then bake for 15-18 minutes, or until golden. Place onto a wire rack to cool slightly.
  8. To serve, split open while still warm & spread with butter, or let the teacakes cool, then split and toast them before adding butter. 

Cooks Tip: If you forget to add the fruit when making the dough, don’t worry. Just knead it in when you punch down the dough before shaping it.

Happy Baking & Bon Appétit!

Recipe from the book: Bread Machine: How to prepare and bake the perfect loaf by Jennie Shapter

Hot Cross Buns

These are delicious rolls, especially with a little butter melted inside. 🙂 For as long as I can remember, my family has made these every year near Easter time. While we would sit down together at the table to enjoy these tasty delights, my mom and dad would explain the symbolic meaning of the ingredients in the bun: The raisins represent, the nail piercing of Jesus hands and feet, the cross represents His crucifixion, the spices in the bun represent the spices that Jesus’ body was wrapped in after his death on the cross. And lastly, the raised bread represents Jesus’ raising from the dead on the third day. What an incredible sacrifice He made for us, how great and big is our God!

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” ~John 3:16

“Though we are incomplete, God loves us completely. Though we are imperfect, He loves us perfectly. Though we may feel lost and without compass, God’s love encompasses us completely. … He loves every one of us, even those who are flawed, rejected, awkward, sorrowful, or broken.”
-Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17

Hot Cross Buns (photo)

Hot Cross Buns

  • 1 1/4 cup lukewarm, milk
  • 2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast
  • 3 1/2-4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 TBSP. brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. ground allspice
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 TBSP. unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into small pieces.
  • 1 cup raisins

Glaze:

  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar heated to bubbling, for glaze

Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1-2 TBSP. milk

Pour the milk into a small bowl and whisk in the yeast and 1/2 cup of the flour. Let stand until bubbly, about 10 minutes. In a large bowl or the bowl of an electric stand mixer, combine 3 cups of the flour, the salt, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and allspice. Stir in the yeast mixture. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then beat in the butter.

Knead by hand or with a dough hook, adding flour as necessary. Knead by hand until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes; knead by hook until dough is not sticky and pulls cleanly from the bowl sides, 6-7 minutes. The dough will be soft.Form the dough into a ball and place in a clean, greased bowl, turning to grease all sides. Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled, 1 1/2- 2 hours.

Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and press flat. Scatter with raisins over the dough. Fold in half, then knead to distribute the fruits. Dust lightly with flour and let rest for 10 minutes.

Grease and flour a baking sheet. On the work surface, roll the dough into a log 9 inches long. Cut into 18 equal pieces. Knead each piece into a ball. Arrange the balls, well spaced, on the prepared sheet. Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise until doubled, about 40 minutes. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees.

Place a shallow pan of boiling water on the floor. Using a sharp knife, slash a cross 1/2 inch deep on each bun. Bake until golden brown, 15-20 minutes. Transfer the buns to a wire rack and immediately brush with the hot glaze. Let cool and then drizzle the frosting in a cross on each bun. Serve slightly warm.

Yield: 18 buns

*picture from: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/hot_cross_buns/