Circle Time Easter Egg Hunt recipes
 
        When my two year old sees me in the kitchen, he drags the bathroom step stool over to the counter and announces, "My want HEP you!" Consequently, I have a few very easy recipes that even a two year old can help with (and some that a six year old and a four year old can do almost by themselves). Here are the ones that we use for our Easter Egg Hunt:
 
candy coated pretzels
 
1 pound vanilla flavored almond bark
2 to 3 bags mini pretzel twists
decors (at least one jar per helper. You probably won't use this much, but it prevents squabbling)
 
Adult job
Following package directions, melt the almond bark in the microwave or on a stove top (if using the stove top method, use a double boiler lined with aluminum foil for easy clean up).
 
When almond bark melts, dip individual pretzels in the bark and fish them out with a fork. Gently shake off the excess almond bark. Lay the coated pretzel on a large sheet of wax paper to cool and harden. I like to make a wall around my wax paper with rolled moistened paper towels. This helps stop the decors from rolling all over the kitchen if my helpers get too enthusiastic with their sprinkling.
 
Child job
Sprinkle the decors over the pretzels before the almond bark hardens.
 

M&M cookies
 
You can find the official recipe for Red's Ultimate M&M's Cookies on the M&M's Bakery webpage. We substitute regular size M&M's for the mini baking chips.
 
Child job
Older children can measure the ingredients. Even the youngest children can roll the dough into balls and place on the cookie sheet.
 
Adult job
Putting the cookies in the oven, taking them out, and making sure the kids don't snatch cookies that are still on the hot cookie sheets.
 

Bunny Dip
Actually, this is just the basic recipe for ranch dip right off the package, but serve with carrots for dipping and, presto, a dip right after Peter Cottontail's own heart.
 
1 one ounce package ranch salad dressing mix
1 pint sour cream
 
Child job
Mix the two together in a large bowl.
 
Adult job
Slice and peel the carrots. If you can find peeled baby carrots in the produce section of your grocery store, you can skip this part.
 
 
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