Mini Egg COOKIES
Ok, we're starting simple. Select your favourite cookie recipe (we love Miranda Gore Brown's smartie cookies dough recipe as a base). You can go vanilla or chocolate cookie (just add some cocoa to the recipe as we've done here) - but the key thing is adding crushed mini eggs to the dough before you bake (rather than the way Miranda adds the smarties after, though this is another good option we've yet to try with mini eggs ... 🤔).
Optional extra: freeze (yes, freeze) some mini creme eggs and encase one in the ball of cookie dough before you bake to get a concealed creme egg right at the centre of the cookie.
Mini egg CHOCOLATE CAKE ICING!
For best results we like a really THICK layer of icing ... 😂
This one is a classic chocolate buttercream on a classic chocolate cake (choose your fav recipe, there's heaps around).
Then press your crushed mini eggs onto the top ... SO GOOD!!!
Ok, this one takes the original cookie and raises it to ANOTHER LEVEL.
Basically, make your cookie dough as in no1, but you might need a bit extra ...
Press half into the bottom of a lined round cake tin. You want it about a cm thick there.
Now here's the magic: add a layer of your favourite chocolate spread in the middle. Leave about a cm ring round the edge so the spread is in the centre of the cookie. You can make it as thick a layer as you fancy ... we used Nutella, but cadburys is good, or go with whatever you've got in the cupboard!
Then press another cm circle of cookie dough on the top - the ring around the edge without the spread will seal the spread to make a deliciously gooey gorgeous centre to your cookie.
Then bake: drop the oven temp a tad to about 160 fan/350 F/Gas mark 4 as you need it to cook a bit slower so the centre cooks. It takes about 25 mins ... but keep an eye on it as you don't want the edges to burn :)
To eat: cut wedges like you do a cake!!
Mini Egg BROWNIE!
Ok, we admit it - as you'll see from the pic, some of those mini creme eggs snuck into this one too!!
Again, choose your favourite brownie recipe (Nigella's are pretty awesome, though super rich!! But hey - it's only Easter once a year...) but instead of adding chocolate chips or nuts and whatever, add crushed mini eggs - and hey, why not press some frozen mini creme eggs into the mix too jut before you put it in the oven?? We did, and we can promise you will not regret it ...
Mini egg NESTS
Because sometimes it's just good to go retro and stick to the classics. And EVERYONE loves a cornflake cake nest, right? There's loads of recipes around, perhaps slightly controversially our favourite uses shredded wheat rather than cornflakes, but you can basically substitute cornflakes, rice crispies, or a gluten free cereal of your choice ... don't forget to add a blob of mix or melted choc to hold those eggs in the nest though!