Sunday, April 08, 2007

Easter giveaways 2007

Even though the weather is not cooperating, it is spring and today is Easter! That should mean it will begin to warm up soon and get out of this cold snap! Hopefully you dressed warm if you had to go outside to look for eggs!

We made 9 new recipes this week - we had a few favorites and they were the Whole Wheat Pasta Salad with Walnuts and Feta Cheese, Lemon Meringue Pie Cupcakes, Black and White Angel Food Cake, and the Spinach-Feta Calzone Casserole.

We did happen to make a couple Easter treats to share with the neighbors - one new and one repeat that we just had to make again from last year. Jeff said there was no way we were letting the holiday go by without making this Easter Biscotti again.

Yes, it is not very traditional for biscotti, but it is surprisingly good and it is a fun colorful treat! This year we used LifeSavers jelly beans which brought lots of different flavors... my favorite bite was when I got a duo mixture of pineapple and lemon! The only other thing we did different was to add some light green sanding sugar on top before they went into the oven for the first time.

The bunny is feeling very generous today and would like to share with you too!

We also wanted to make some small individual cheesecakes - but these have a surprise inside! I started out by making a graham cracker base, made simply from cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter, and pressed them into my mini cheesecake pan. I probably went a bit high up the sides, but I love crusts on cheesecake! Once we gave them a quick pre-bake, we set a small Rolo candy (it is a chocolate candy with a soft caramel inside) on top of each individual crust. I then quickly mixed up a basic vanilla cheesecake base and we decided to divide the batter and tint one a light blue and one a light yellow just to be a little more festive.

Don't wander too far when these go in the oven - they only took around 15 minutes to bake; you want them to be set... but still a little jiggly in the center if you gently shake the pan. If you don't have a mini cheesecake pan, you can use a regular muffin tin - just line them with papers so they will be easy to pull out of the pan.

We were going to do some colored coconut on top for a nest, but we wanted the two colors to show up on top - so we just placed a few malted milk candy eggs on top! Perfect as individual sized treats, these cheesecakes were velvety smooth and creamy - the chocolate candy hidden inside kept it shape well and added a rich unique surprise.


  1. These two treats look oh-so-cute!
    What a clever idea to put jelly beans in biscotti! Keep up the good work, guys. Happy Easter!

  2. How does one get on your list?

  3. Happy Easter Joe and Jeff! Love the pictures with the Easter Bunny.

  4. Happy Easter Joe!!
    Cheesecake is a favorite here at my house and I love yours, looks so perfect! The crust seems right to me, as I am also a fan of the crust myself! hehehe!
    My son saw the biscotti and loved it: "Mommy, I want one of those, look how cool it is"!

  5. I love the biscotti idea. May have to try these out on Daddy for Father's day...he loves both biscotti AND jelly beans (They're his favorite!). The cheesecakes are cute as well...I bet the rolo inside was a GREAT surprise! Happy Easter!

  6. First, I so want to be your neighbor. Second, Happy Easter! Those cheesecakes look so yummy!!!

  7. The biscotti look so delicious.

  8. Easter looks (and tastes) very festive around your house! I love it! My coffee is seriously in need of some biscotti right now!

  9. Sounds like you had a great Easter :) Cute pictures!

  10. Thanks everyone! I wish we could have shared them with you all as well!

  11. I live in Johannesburg South Africa. What is a Graham cracker? Is is sweet or savoury? I use what we call Tennis biscuits for sweet bases. Great blog, and I am definitely making the mini cheesecakes with the Rolo.

  12. Edith - here is a link so you can get more information that you probably wanted to know!

    It is a sweet cracker.