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Bunny Garden Dessert {Easter Craft Series}

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Bunny Garden Easter Egg Hunt Dessert

I made this one just for the kids – remember that yummy kid dessert called “dirt?” I was on a bit of a dirt kick a few years back and thought it would be cute to create a “dirt” patch where my chocolate bunnies were conducting their very own Easter Egg hunt. Their eggs were jelly beans, of course. I also found edible grass at the grocery store that looked like shoots popping out of the garden. I had cake sprinkles that look like flowers, and I knew the boys would love some bugs and gummy worms sticking out. I found mini Easter baskets at Cost Plus World Market, I think, but they’re also available online at Oriental Trading Company here. This was especially fun because one little boy in attendance was very concerned that I was serving “dirt” to my guests — he was very reluctant to try it, but LOVED it after the first bite!
You could do this in an Easter basket, but I had this rustic planter in my yard already – just fit food-safe container(s) in the base to hold the pudding dessert (recipe follows). Top with crushed Oreo cookies to make it look like real dirt and decorate with fun Easter candies and treats! I had to fill in my cracks with grass, which I already had on hand — if I had to do it over again, though, I’d use shredded green paper instead. And I got some inexpensive kids’ gardening tools at Hobby Lobby to use as serving spoons – spades and shovels are perfect for scooping “dirt” out of the bunny garden!
PS – I’ve also spiked this recipe for adult occasions — just sub in a bit of white chocolate liqueur for some of the milk!
“Dirt” Pudding
(multiply as needed to fit larger containers — I think I doubled the recipe for this photo)
Ingredients

• 1 package Oreo cookies, crushed
• 2 cups cold milk
• 1 package chocolate instant pudding mix, small pkg. (4-serving size)
• 8 ounces Cool Whip topping, thawed
• Easter candies and gummy worms to decorate
Directions

• Put cookies into a sealable bag and close tightly.
• Using a rolling pin, roll and crush the cookies until crumbly. Set aside.
• Pour the milk and chocolate instant pudding mix into a large bowl.
• Whisk well until all of the pudding mix is dissolved.
• Let stand 5 minutes.
• Add the Cool Whip and 1/2 of the crushed cookies.
• Stir until well blended.
• Place a large spoonful of crushed cookies into the bottom of your container.
• Add the pudding mixture on top of that until the cups are 3/4 full.
• Add some large gummy worms (if you want) so that they are half in the cup and half hanging out of the cup.
• Spoon in more crushed cookie around the worm to hold it in place.
• Serve chilled.

~Laura L.

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Here’s A Reminder About Easter 2013 Calendar Dates -From About.com:
February 13 – Ash Wednesday
March 24 – Palm Sunday
March 28 – Maundy (Holy) Thursday
March 29 – Good Friday
March 31 – Easter Sunday (Western Christianity – Roman Catholic, Anglican Communion, Protestant Churches, etc.)

May 5 – Easter Sunday (Orthodox Christianity – Eastern Orthodox Churches)

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Author: oflcmops

MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers, a faith-based community that strives to meet the needs of moms with children from birth through kindergarten. MOPS groups meet regularly to celebrate the joys of motherhood and to encourage each other through the challenges. MOPS also provides opportunities for social outings throughout the year. We meet the first and third Fridays of every month September through May.

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