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Make this Easter Basket dessert in under an hour

Easter is less than three weeks away! We’re celebrating at home with a brunch and an Easter Basket dessert that is super easy to make! Get your kids involved in putting these treats together.

You can customize these Easter Basket dessert treats by changing the type of cookie dough you use. Feel free to switch up the candies too!

If you’re in Southern California, check out our list of Easter events happening in Orange County all season long.

Easter Basket dessert - livingmividaloca.com
Chocolate Chip Easter Baskets Dessert

Preparation Time: 45 mins

Ingredients:
  • 1 package (16.5 ounces.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Refrigerated Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar Dough
  • 1 cup prepared white frosting
  • 1/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • Green food coloring
  • WONKA SweeTARTS or SPREE Jelly Beans
  • Thin-string licorice, various colors, cut into 3-inch pieces for basket handles (optional)
Instructions:
  1. PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease and flour 24 mini-muffin cups. Place one square of cookie dough into each cup.
  2. BAKE for 14 to 17 minutes or until golden brown. Remove pans to wire rack. If licorice handles are to be added, with tip of wooden pick, make two holes opposite each other on top edge of cup. Make sure holes are the same size as the width of the licorice. This is best done when cups are very warm. Cool cups completely in pans on wire rack. With tip of butter knife, remove cookie cups from muffin pans. Arrange on serving platter.
  3. COMBINE frosting and a few drops of food coloring in small bowl, adding additional food coloring until desired shade is reached.
  4. DISSOLVE a few drops of food coloring in 1/4 teaspoon water in small, resealable food storage plastic bag. Add coconut. Seal bag and shake to evenly coat coconut.
  5. SPOON a small amount of frosting onto the top of each cup. Add a pinch of tinted coconut. Top grass with SweeTarts Jelly Beans. Insert ends of licorice into small holes in cups for handles.

Rainbow Fruit Delight

Preparation Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Refrigeration Time: 4 hrs 30 mins
Yields 8 servings

Ingredients:

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 package (3 ounces) orange-flavored gelatin
  • 1½ cups boiling water, divided
  • ½ cup mandarin oranges, drained
  • 2 cans (12 fluid ounces each) NESTLÉ® CARNATION ® Evaporated Milk, chilled, divided
  • 1 package (3 ounces) lemon -flavored gelatin
  • ½ cup crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 package (3 ounces) strawberry-flavored gelatin
  • ½ cup frozen strawberries (about 8), thawed, drained

Instructions:
FOR MANDARIN ORANGE LAYER:

  1. COAT a 9 x 5-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. DISSOLVE orange gelatin in 1/2 cup boiling water in small bowl. Let stand for 10 minutes.
  3. Place dissolved gelatin, mandarin oranges and 1 cup evaporated milk in blender; cover. Puree for 10 seconds or until well blended.
  4. Pour into loaf pan.
  5. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until set.

FOR PINEAPPLE LEMON LAYER
FOLLOW process for Mandarin Orange Layer substituting lemon gelatin and crushed pineapple. Pour mixture over Mandarin Orange Layer. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until set.

FOR STRAWBERRY LAYER
FOLLOW process for Mandarin Orange Layer substituting strawberry gelatin and strawberries. Pour mixture over Pineapple Lemon Layer. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

TO UNMOLD: Run point of knife around top of pan. Dip pan into a large pan of warm water for 15 to 20 seconds. Lift from water. Place serving platter on top of pan. Invert mold and platter together, shake slightly to loosen. Gently remove mold. Cut into slices and serve.

Originally published on March 21, 2012. Last Updated on March 24, 2021 by Pattie Cordova

Pattie Cordova is founder of Cordova Media Group, LLC, a boutique social media consulting firm that develops and creates social media strategies for businesses. She manages LivingMiVidaLoca.com. In her spare time (what little there is LOL) she enjoys working out, hanging out with her family (two chiclets and a Hubster) and traveling.

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