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Easter Peep-Za

When brainstorming Peeps ideas this year, I came up with some pretty good ones that were shot down: Peeps Sweet Potato Casserole. Peeps-Jello Salad. Twice-Baked Peep-Topped Sweet Potatoes. Peeps Ambrosia. The idea that did make the cut: Peep-Za.

Peeps on a pizza, well that’s just gross. But Peeps on a pizza-like dessert — that is amazing. To make a Peep-Za, you just need a cookie crust, some frosting and the contents of your Easter basket: Peeps and M&Ms or whatever candy you like best.

For the crust, I like Cookie Monster’s sugar cookie recipe because he’s the most credible source for cookies I know, but you can take a shortcut and use store-bought sugar cookie dough. Same goes for the frosting; use store-bought if you don’t have time to make homemade frosting.

I still stand by the Peeps Sweet Potato Casserole idea. Look for that one next year.

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Cookbook Giveaway: Joy the Baker Cookbook

Joy the Baker adds pineapple, coconut, nuts and more to her Kitchen Sink Carrot Cake, and then bakes it in a Bundt cake pan and tops with thick cream cheese frosting to make a celebratory dessert.

Get ready to make an instant best friend: Joy the Baker, aka Joy Wilson, is a chatty, sassy pancake-lover, blogger and self-taught baker who’s sure to charm you with her girl talk and sweet recipe combo. Visit her blog for a fun coffee-break read (be prepared to crave cake afterward) and check out her new cookbook, Joy the Baker Cookbook: 100 Simple and Comforting Recipes.

Joy’s lighthearted, unpretentious approach to baking shines through in her cookbook. It’s hard not to love chapter titles like: “pancakes pancakes pancakes, and other lesser breakfast items”; “i need a hug or a brownie. maybe both.”; and “i think i just ate chocolate for dinner.” Her treats are perfect for sharing with family and friends and, of course, for spring holiday celebrations like Easter and Mother’s Day.

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Carrot Cake Recipes for Easter

Coconut-Frosted Carrot Cake Recipe

 

I grew up in a Catholic household with an Irish-American father and a Polish-American mother — Easter at my house was no minor affair. I have fond memories of Easter brunch filled with Polish pierogiesIrish potato dishes and the usual holiday suspects. But the centerpiece of the table was always my mom’s carrot cake. Sweet, rich, and decadent, carrot cake is the perfect way to break your Lenten fasting.

When it comes to carrot cake, my mom doesn’t mess around (and like mother, like son). Delightfully devoid of dried fruit (a fierce controversy in its own right), my mom’s recipe boasts toasted pecans, hints of cinnamon and clove, and loads of shredded carrots, and the final cake is topped off with sweet and tangy, perfectly balanced cream cheese frosting. Oh, and did I mention the coconut-pecan filling?

Are you craving carrot cake now? We’ve got you covered (in cream cheese frosting). 

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Sifted: Peepin’ Around

Peeps!

Happy Easter!

Here’s some fun ideas for your leftover holiday peeps from Cooking Channel’s family and friends:

  • Peeps on a stick? Call them kebabs… — Food2
  • A one of a kind peep show, and no cover charge — Food2
  • Melted chocolate + Marshmallow Peeps = Easter Peep Fondue? — Dish
  • Bringing out the best in those marshmallow bunnies — Serious Eats

Need ideas for your leftover Easter eggs? Check out our Deviled Eggs Cook Off for inspiration.

Deviled Eggs Extravaganza

Deviled Egg Competition

What should you do with your dyed hard-boiled eggs? Host a Deviled Egg Cook Off, or course! We challenged the Cooking Channel and Food Network digital staffs to just such an event. What creative riff on the deviled egg came away the winner?

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Easter Candy Bark

Easter candy bark

It's like candy, made of candy.

The Easter Bunny brought too much candy. He (she?) always does. And as always, by Tuesday of next week, everyone will be so sick of white chocolate bunnies, pastel M&Ms and overcooked hard-boiled eggs tinted a freakish blue-green color from the dye that seeped in, that they’ll refuse to eat any of it. The eggs will go in the trash and the candy will end up in the cupboard till it gets cleaned out in October.

This year, don’t let that happen. Turn the excess candy into a slightly different treat and your family’s love for the sweet stuff will be renewed — like when you top a baked potato with last night’s chili and pretend it’s a new meal. Because it is a new meal.

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Easter Egg Decorating 101

Colored Easter Egg

Other than the Easter feast, decorating eggs with my sister each year is one of my favorite things about this springtime holiday. Sure, some might say we’re “too old,” but I say we’re just perfecting our craft.  If you’re new to it, here are the basics, plus some ways to get creative.

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Spring Cupcakes for Easter

Cupcakes for Easter Spring Cupcakes for Easter

The most exciting aspect of spring for me is all of the color. Living in a place like Minnesota means that I see nothing but white landscapes for nearly 7 months of the year.  Then April arrives, the snow melts and life happens.  By Easter I am full of hope and promise for a more saturated season. These brightly colored cupcakes are the perfect way to celebrate this joyous occasion. The classic yellow cake is light and has a soft, tender crumb; it is perfect topped with the sweet, creamy icing. The giant roses that sit on the cupcakes are not only gorgeous, but also simple to create with the right tools.

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Country Ham Antipasto

Country Ham Antipasto

Oh, the lowly country ham. The salty southern staple has faded in popularity over the past few years, but get ready people, because it’s making a comeback. With “local” and “artisanal” being all the rage, some of the South’s most respected ham curers have finally caught on to the trend.

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Torrejas with Lavender Honey Syrup

Torrejas with Lavendar Honey Syrup Torrejas with Lavender Honey Syrup

Though many people give up their favorite vices for Lent – chocolate, alcohol, Facebook – the season has its consolations, too, mostly in the form of custard-soaked bread fried in olive oil and drenched with wine, honey or spiced syrup.

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