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M&Ms Chocolate Candies
6 large cookies

Ingredients

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2 bags M&M'S® Brand Milk Chocolate Candies for Easter
1 bag M&M'S® Brand Speckled Milk Chocolate Eggs (optional)
1 18-oz. roll refrigerated sugar cookie dough
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 16-oz. can prepared vanilla frosting
Assorted food coloring
Printable template
6 large craft sticks
Wire rack
1 6-inch flowerpot(s)
1 Styrofoam™ square
Easter grass
Green cellophane
6 12-inch strands curling ribbon

Preparation

Prep time: 20 min.
Baking time: 12-15 min.
Decoration time: 30 min.

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Knead the cookie dough and flour together until smooth.

2. Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut 6 tulip shapes out of the dough with the knife, using the printable template as your guide. Transfer them to a cookie sheet. Gather up the dough scraps and re-roll, if necessary.

3. Slide a craft stick underneath each tulip cookie, and press it into the dough. Bake cookies in oven until golden brown, about 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer the cookie sheet to a wire rack.

4. While the cookies are cooling, divide the vanilla frosting between 4 bowls. Using food coloring, tint the frosting pink, light blue, yellow and purple. Spread frosting over the cookies, and arrange M&M'S® Brand Milk Chocolate Candies for Easter on the cookies' tops. Let dry, about 30 minutes.

5. Fill the flowerpot with Styrofoam™, and cover with Easter grass.

6. Wrap each craft stick with green cellophane, and tie it with a curling ribbon. Press the craft sticks into the Styrofoam™, making a floral-like arrangement. Sprinkle M&M'S® Brand Speckled Milk Chocolate Eggs around the Easter grass, if desired.

Tip: An apple makes a great substitute for the Styrofoam™ ball. Push the craft sticks into apples that have been arranged in the flowerpot, and cover with Easter grass.

Tip: For great table favors, make small versions with a 3-inch flowerpot for each guest. Fill each one with Styrofoam™, cover it with Easter grass, and press a flower inside. Decorate and personalize them with the guests' names.

Created date

March 2008