Wednesday

Fun Carrot Sugar Cookies for Easter

Have fun with your little one by making and decorating these yummy carrot sugar cookies this Easter. Provided by the editor-in-chief, Kimberly Hodgkins,  from her newest book. You can find more Easter recipes in her latest cookbook Occasions to Cook For: Dishes and Desserts for Spring Holidays available at Amazon.comBarnes and Noble and Scribd.

Carrot Sugar Cookies
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup carrots, shredded
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Cream Cheese Frosting
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter or margarine
2 teaspoons vanilla
5 cups powdered sugar
Food coloring
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. In large bowl, mix sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla.
3. Stir in flour, carrots, baking powder and salt.
4. Drop by teaspoonsfuls 2 inches apart onto non-stick cookie sheet.
5.  Place in oven 7 to 8 minutes. Edges will turn light brown when done. Remove and repeat until cookie mix is gone.
6. When cookies are still warm (not hot), shape cookies by cutting appropriate shape, such as a bunny.
Cream Cheese Frosting
1. In large bowl, beat together cream cheese, butter and vanilla.
2. Slowly add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time until smooth and creamy.
3. Choose how many colors you want to make and divide frosting into separate bowls. Add food coloring of your choice.
Tip: To soften cream cheese, microwave 30 to 45 seconds per 8 ounces.
Makes 18 to 24.

An Easter Craft Idea for Kids

A Little Yellow Chick

You'll need the following:

2 pieces of yellow construction paper
2 pieces of orange construction paper
1 black marker
Glue stick
Safety scissors for kids

Step 1: Have your child place their hands on a piece of the yellow construction paper, trace and cut out.

Step 2: Fold the other piece of yellow construction paper in half and cut out an oval shape, Next, unfold and you should have an oval (for the chick's body).

Step 3: Draw two chick legs on the orange construction paper. They should be long and have three triangle shapes for their feet. Cut out.

Step 4: On the other piece of construction paper, draw two triangles (one on top of each other with the bottoms touching). This will be the chick's beak. Cut out, fold in half to make the beak.

Step 5: Turn the oval over and glue the hands on the back of the oval. This will form the chick's wings. Next, glue the legs on the oval. Turn over.

Step 6: Draw two eyes on the oval towards the top. Directly below, glue on the beak. Below the beak write "Happy Easter".

Step 7: Hang on your fridge, on the wall or simply give it to someone as a gift. Don't forget to write the date on the back to remember when your little one made such cute hand prints!

Happy Easter from Cosmo-kids.com