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I love making Easter baskets. There's something about the fun spring colors and yummy treats that makes me want to share an Easter basket with everyone I know! I like to make Easter desserts for our parents, neighbors, and friends, and I'm always sure to include a little homemade surprise. This year I'm making these delicious and super easy sugar cookie cups, filled with my favorite M&M's® Pastel. They're like mini edible Easter baskets themselves! I've also put together a cute DIY gift box for them, and packaged it all in an Easter basket filled with chocolate treats. Sound good? I've got the how to on making these for your friends too!
Filled Sugar Cookie Cups
This is a really easy sugar cookie recipe which is perfect for these cookie cups. The cookies are moist and chewy and stand up well to being made into cups without falling apart. Here's what you need:
- 2 1/2 cups white flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
- 1 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- M&M's® Pastel (I used milk chocolate but peanut would be yummy too)
- Green decorative sugar
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl (I used my stand mixer), cream together butter, cream cheese, egg, vanilla, and sugar. Beat together until smooth.
In a small bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Slowly add these dry ingredients into your large bowl and mix until a soft dough forms.
Roll the dough into balls (approximately 1 1/2 inch diameter) and place one in each well of an ungreased muffin tin. Flatten the balls and make a slight indentation in the center.
Bake in the 375 degree oven for 12-14 minutes, or until cooked through. Remove from oven and immediately press a divot into each cookie cup (a small scoop works great for this). Allow to cool.
Next fill each cookie cup with your M&M's® Pastel, and sprinkle a little green sugar on top. Just like a little basket filled with Easter eggs!
Now that your cookies are done, you need a box to package them up for gift giving. I've got a super easy box craft that you can do in just a few minutes!
DIY Easter Treat BoxFor each Easter treat box, you'll need:
- Ruler & Pencil
- Washi Tape in Spring colors
First, cut your cardstock into an 8" by 8" square. Measure 2 inches from each side and mark with pencil. Fold each side in at the 2 inch mark so that you have a crease along each side.
Use your scissors to cut a diagonal at each corner, to the point where the 2 creases meet to make triangular flaps. Fold the sides back up and bend in each flap to close the box.
Use your glue to seal each corner. Allow the glue to dry, then wrap the outside of the box with your washi tape. That's it!
Now you're ready to package it all together in an awesome Easter basket for everyone on your list! For mine, I found some adorable bunny baskets, grabbed a big bag of MARS Spring Minis Mix at Sam's Club, added some pastel paper shred, and got to work.
I filled each basket with some shredded paper "grass", MARS Spring Minis Mix, and my cookie cups nested in a gift box. The MARS Spring Minis Mix includes an assortment of everyone's favorite chocolates including 3 Musketeers®, Snickers®, Twix®, and more. Added to our homemade cookie cups, it makes the perfect Easter treat for your friends, neighbors, or coworkers - everyone on your Easter Bunny route!
I picked up my M&M's® Pastel and MARS Spring Minis Mix on my regular trip to Sam's Club - they're such a great value and I've got enough for everyone on my list!
What's your favorite chocolate treat for Easter? Is it M&M's® Pastel or maybe something in the MARS Spring Minis Mix? Check them both out at Sam's Club and let me know in the comments below!
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