Last week, my daughter's preschool teacher reminded me that I had signed up to bring a "sweet treat" for Amelia's class party. The teacher, whom I love, then said, "...and I know you're going to make something fantastic!" My heart sank a bit – work was crazy with various deadlines and the last thing I had time for was an over-the-top dessert that only my mother, the teacher and I would appreciate. However, never one to turn down a creative challenge, I set to work. What I needed was something cute, clever and fast....
Thankfully, last weekend, I made Easter sugar cookies and stuck them in the freezer. I decided to use the chicks and create a "nest." I took one can of sweetened condensed milk and Amelia mixed it with 1-1/2 bags of shredded coconut. We added a few drops of green food coloring to achieve green-grasslike authenticity. Spoonfuls of "grass" were placed in miniature plastic cups – so glad I saved these from a past party! To complete the treat, Amelia added carefully chosen candy "eggs" and placed a frosted cookie on top.
Amelia was thrilled – she had helped with nearly every aspect of the dessert and I was thrilled that the results were somewhat impressive but relatively painless.
Let's just hope the rest of our Easter preparations go as smoothly!