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Easter Bunny Pops

Contributed by: NAPSA

Pop Goes The Bunny: Tasty, Colorful Treats (NAPSA) - Adding fun to the Easter holidays can be as easy as a hop, skip and a jump with crispy, chocolatey pops that look like bunnies. This recipe from Creative Cook's Kitchen requires no baking, so children can take part in the preparation and decoration.

Ingredients:

  • For the Pops:

    • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine
    • 1 bag (10 ounces) marshmallows
    • 6 cups crisp rice cereal

  • For the Decorations:

    • 1 package (12 ounces) white chocolate chips
    • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    • Mini candy-coated chocolates
    • 2 lengths red licorice laces (from a 4-ounce package), cut into 11/2-inch pieces
    • Assorted small candies
    • 1 cup prepared vanilla frosting
    • Blue, green, red and yellow food colorings

  • Special aids:

    • Jelly-roll pan
    • 3" oval cookie cutter
    • 3" bunny-shaped cookie cutter
    • 12 wooden craft sticks or lollipop sticks
    • Small offset spatula
    • Small resealable plastic bags
    • 12 lengths (3" each) narrow ribbon

Directions:

Spray a jelly-roll pan with vegetable cooking spray. In a large saucepan, heat butter and marshmallows over medium-low heat, stirring until melted, about 4 minutes. Remove the pan from heat; stir in cereal.

Spoon mixture into the prepared pan. Using your hands, press to make level; cool completely. Using an oval cookie cutter, cut out six ovals. Using a bunny-shaped cookie cutter, cut out six bunny shapes.

Place cutouts on sheets of waxed paper. Holding the cutout firmly against the paper, insert a craft stick 2 inches into the bottom of each cutout.

In a medium microwave-safe bowl, heat white chocolate chips and oil on Medium, stirring at 1-minute intervals, until smooth, about 3 minutes. Using a small offset spatula, spread 1 side of each pop with melted chocolate.

For Easter-bunny pops, press mini candy-coated chocolates into pops for eyes and nose. Press 6 red licorice lace pieces into each pop for whiskers.

For Easter-egg pops, press assorted small candies into pops as desired. Set aside pops until chocolate is set, about 30 minutes.

Divide frosting among 4 small bowls. Using food colorings, tint frostings blue, green, pink and yellow. Spoon frostings into separate resealable plastic bags; snip off one corner of each bag. Pipe pink frosting onto Easter-bunny pops for ears and mouths. Pipe remaining frostings onto Easter-egg pops as desired.

Tie ribbons around sticks; let stand until frosting is set, several hours. Wrap pops in plastic wrap until ready to serve.

Serving Size: Makes 1 dozen pops.


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