Full of symbolism and rich with rituals, Easter is an exciting holiday for many families to celebrate. The menu for Easter dinner is always wonderful, though for those of us with little ones, we might be overheard muttering about the main meal being served at odd times of day. This is often the case when it comes to large holiday meal gatherings. Easter takes a little bit of extra planning so that no one becomes “hangry” when Easter dinner is served in the middle of the afternoon.
Here are a few appetizers that we enjoy to get us through those off-kilter holiday meal schedules. Not only are they delicious, but they are fun to put together with the assistance of kids in the kitchen.
- 1 Can Crescent Rolls
- 4 Oz. Light Cream Cheese
- ½ Cup Greek Yogurt
- 1 Packet Hidden Valley Dill Dip
- 1 ½ Cup Shredded Carrots
- Broccoli, cut into small stems
- Preheat oven to 350º F.
- Roll out crescent rolls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Pinch together the seams to create a rectangle-shaped crust. Bake for 10-12 minutes, and then let cool completely.
- Combine cream cheese, yogurt and dill dip, and then chill it.
- After the crust has cooled, spread the dill topping over the top.
- Cut the crust into triangles and separate. You can get more “carrots” if you cut your triangles small.
- Press broccoli onto the dill topping along the base of each triangle. Cover the rest of the triangle in carrot shavings.
- Cover and refrigerate until you’re ready to serve your Veggie Pizza Carrots.
These cookies have been a family favorite since I was a little girl, perhaps from even before my time. I use my grandma’s fabulous sugar cookie recipe, which is absolutely delicious thanks to the faint hint of anise in each one. If you’re in a pinch for time, simply pick up a package of English Toffee cookies from the Coborn’s bakery – they’re just the right size and taste fantastic.
- 1 Cup Butter
- 1 ¾ Cup Granulated Sugar
- 1 Egg
- 2 ¼ Cup All-Purpose Flour
- ½ tsp. Baking Powder
- ½ tsp. Salt
- 1 tsp. Vanilla
- 1 tsp. Anise Seeds
- 1 ½ Cup Sweetened Shredded Coconut
- 10-15 Drops Green Food Coloring
- Small Bag of Jelly Beans
- Preheat oven to 350º F.
- Cream together butter and sugar for 3 minutes.
- Add egg and mix well.
- Stir in flour, baking powder, salt and vanilla and mix well.
- Scoop a tablespoon of dough and roll it into a ball, then flatten it slightly.
- Press three anise seeds into the bottom of each ball.
- Place cookie dough onto the cookie sheet, spacing about 2 inches apart.
- Lightly press each cookie down.
- Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
- Cool completely; while cookies are cooling, combine good coloring with coconut and mix well.
- Once cookies are fully cooled, frost with white frosting.
- Dip frosted cookie tops into the green coconut to look like a nest.
- Press three jelly beans to look like eggs into the nest.
- If you have a true sweet tooth, add a marshmallow peep chick to the top.
I’ve heard these sweet and tasty treats called both Resurrection Rolls and Empty Tomb Rolls. Either way, they make for a terrific analogy for kids to understand the significance the Easter story. For smaller children, they are especially amazed when you open the “tomb,” and it is empty.
Here is a how-to recipe and tutorial photo that works great to add onto your Easter Pinterest Board if you would like to share it!
- 1 (10 Oz.) Can Refrigerated Crescent Dinner Rolls
- 8 Large Marshmallows
- ¼ Cup Melted Butter
- 1 ½ T. Ground Cinnamon
- 1 tsp. Ground Gardamom
- 2 T. White Sugar
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Lightly grease a baking sheet.
- Separate crescent rolls into individual triangles.
- In a small bowl, combine cinnamon, cardamom and sugar.
- Dip a marshmallow into melted butter, then roll in sugar mixture.
- Place the marshmallow into the center of a dough triangle.
- Carefully wrap the dough around the marshmallow.
- Pinch the seams together very tightly to seal in the marshmallow as it melts.
- Place each one on a baking sheet or in muffin tins.
- Bake in a preheated oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes.
Seal the crescent roll seams well. If you don’t, the marshmallow will ooze all over the place as it melts.
These rolls symbolize the story of how Jesus (symbolized as the marshmallow) was placed into the tomb (symbolized as the rolled up crescent roll) after the crucifixion. His body was prepared by being covered with oil and herbs (otherwise known in this recipe and to my kids as butter, spices and sugar to represent the oils and herbs).
Wrapping the marshmallow represents the wrapping of Jesus’ body after His death. Then, after waiting three days (or 15 minutes in baking time), you can explain that Jesus overcame his destiny in the grave and is indeed alive. (As the rolls bake, the marshmallows melt and the crescent rolls puff up, leaving an empty tomb.)
These rolls are a favorite in my family and they help to explain the miracle of Easter to little ones.
Hopefully something throughout this blog sparked your attention and can help to make your Easter memorable! Most of all, I hope these small appetizers will help young ones from being too hungry before the main meal comes out!
Happy Easter to all and enjoy the holiday and time with your families!
Coborn’s, Inc. Communications Manager
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