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Fudgy Easter Egg Brownie Cookies


Easter Egg Brownie Cookies 
Have I got a fabulously tasty, easy cookie recipe to share with you today, and just in time for Easter as well.  Fudgy Easter Egg Brownie Cookies! 

This is a Betty Crocker brownie cookie recipe that I adapted from the Betty Crocker site.  We just happened to have a box of brownie mix in the house and some candy coated mini-eggs so why not!

Easter Egg Brownie Cookies 

We also have a cookie-monster in the house that goes by the name of Dan. He loves his cookies!  And I love baking cookies, so it is really a win/win situation! 

This easy recipe results in a super fudgy-like brownie cookie that is filled with dark chocolate chunks and candy covered mini Easter eggs.  What's not to love about that!!

Easter Egg Brownie Cookies 
From the minute I saw these cookies in an e-mail, I knew that they were something I wanted to bake.  They looked super-easy to do and we had all of the ingredients in the house.  It was the recipe for the perfect storm! 

I am a lover of Easter goodies.  There were only two times a year we got treats like this in our house when I was growing up. Christmas and Easter.

The rest of the year, goodies like this were totally verboten!

Easter Egg Brownie Cookies 

Easter in our house also meant we got to use our special Easter Mugs.  We never got to drink from them at any other time of the year.  I don't know what happened to them all, but my sister still has this one.

I am  really loving seeing these old treasures again. My mother took really good care of most of them through the years and everything looks brand new.  My sister is also a great caretaker of them.

Easter Egg Brownie Cookies 
Made in Japan, these mugs sported a bird whistle on the handle.  We loved being allowed to drink our milk or juice from them on Easter morning.  I can imagine we made quite a ruckus blowing the whistles! 

We would also have been really hyped up with sugar.  Candy was only something we got a few times a year as well. Halloween, Christmas and Easter, so we would have really eaten our fill!

Easter Egg Brownie Cookies 
We would have gotten a chocolate Easter bunny, some marshmallow filled candy eggs and then real eggs that my mother would have coloured for us the night before after we went to bed.

What a loving thing that was for my mother to do for us.  She would painstakingly colour each egg with crayons from our crayon box.  My favourite ones were the ones she used all the colours on so they ended up with multi-coloured stripes.

Easter Egg Brownie Cookies 
The eggs were never hard-boiled, always raw and we would get 3 or 4 of them apiece.  They would be sitting at each of our places at the table when we got up on Easter morning, safely placed into our coloured melamine cereal bowls.

We each had our own colour.

We always had scrambled eggs for breakfast on Easter morning.  Mom would pierce the ends of the coloured eggs with a darning needle and blow them out into a mixing bowl.

Easter Egg Brownie Cookies 
Sometimes she would let us help her.  I can remember it making my cheeks ache from the exertion of blowing.

Once the eggs were all blown out she would scramble them for us in her shiny wear-ever aluminum skillet. That skillet still lives in my sister cupboard and is just as shiny as it ever was. See . . .  a good steward.

Easter Egg Brownie Cookies 
Once the eggs were all blown out my mother would wash out any residue with some water and then string the empty coloured shells on a piece of yarn, tying it closed like a necklace.  We would wear those eggs all day.

Our goal was always to see who could get to the end of the day with the most egg shells still intact. Oh what a picture we must have made with our chocolate covered faces and those coloured eggs hanging from our necks!

Easter Egg Brownie Cookies 
We were not spoiled by any stretch of the imagination.  We would have gotten those few candies, and perhaps a new skipping rope and a container of bubbles to blow.  

We were happy with it all, so much so that my heart is filled with warmth just thinking about those sweet Easter memories from my childhood.

Easter Egg Brownie Cookies 
Easter dinner was always a baked ham, that my mom would bake the night before so that it could be served cold and sliced.  Always with mustard and mashed potatoes.  Dessert would always be a lemon meringue pie, cold and jiggly from the fridge.

What are some of your Easter memories from your childhood?  Were they any traditions that your family held to?  Anything special that you only did at that time of year?

Easter Egg Brownie Cookies 
Oh how I wish we were not in a Covid Lockdown still.  These fabulously fudgy chocolate cookies are something I would have dearly loved to bake for my grandchildren.  

Rich, chewy,  fudgy and stuffed full of lovely dark chocolate chunks and crushed mini eggs, I decorated the tops of each one with several more candy eggs prior to baking.

Easter Egg Brownie Cookies

 They are as simple to make as stirring a few ingredients together in a bowl, letting the batter sit and then rolling it into balls.  If you can stir, then you can make these.  Better yet, why not let the children help! 

Build a new Easter Tradition of your own with them.  Fudgy Easter Egg Brownie Cookies.  They're a VERY good thing!

Easter Egg Brownie Cookies

Easter Egg Brownie Cookies

Yield: 21
Author: Marie Rayner
Prep time: 20 MinCook time: 11 Mininactive time: 5 MinTotal time: 36 Min
Cute, colourful, easy and delicious. Adapted from a recipe found on Betty Crocker, with a few additions.

Ingredients

  • 1 box (18.3 oz/450g) fudge brownie mix
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) butter, melted
  • 1 TBS water
  • 1 bag mini candy coated chocolate Easter Eggs (250g/about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 2/3 cup (120g) dark chocolate chunks

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350*F/180*C/gas mark 4. Line several baking sheets with some baking paper. Set aside.
  2. Coarsely break up 1/2 cup (75g) of the Easter eggs.
  3. Whisk the brownie mix, broken eggs, chocolate chunks, melted butter and water together in a bowl until well combined. Let sit for 15 minutes.
  4. Roll into 1 1/2 inch balls and place 2 inches apart on a baking sheet. Flatten slightly with the palm of your hand. Press three mini chocolate eggs into the centre of each.
  5. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, or until the edges are just set. (The middles should appear slightly wet.) Leave to cool on the sheets for about 5 minutes before scooping off onto cooling racks.
  6.  Leave to cool completely, about half an hour. Store in an airtight container.
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  1. Loved hearing about your Easter traditions as a child, Marie. My brother and I each received a Laura Secord rabbit. One year he ate his and then broke the ears off mine. I was not a hsppy camper! My sister who was 3 years older got a large Laura Secord egg. We used to get colouring books and new boxes of crayons. Didn't a new box of crayons smell good? We always had ham and scalloped potatoes for dinner. We almost always went to church. Patent leather shoes and white gloves de rigeur as was a pretty hat. Dessert was often pineapple-upside-down cake. Lovely memories. Love and hugs, Elaine

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    1. Oh, I loved reading about your Easter Traditions Elaine! I have never had a Laura Secord Rabbit. Mom would get us the solid bunnies she could find. Probably not the finest chocolate, but really, as children, we didn't care. It was CANDY! haha To this day I still love the smell of a fresh box of crayons! So good. Also Easter Sunday was when the knee socks went on! Cold or not! Happy Easter and thanks for sharing your sweet memories! Love and hugs, xoxo

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  2. My mom would always make us a bunny cake. You use one 8 or 9 inch round for his head and then the other was cut into his ears and a bowtie. Chocolate cake I seem to recall, and covered in buttercream icing and coconut. I always got to decorate the bowtie. Such fun!

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    1. I bet that was really cute and I am sure you have oodles of fun decorating the bowtie! Happy Easter Raquel! xoxo

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  3. These sound fabulous. Sadly they don't sell packet cake or brownie mixes here at all.

    Easter was a really big thing in my staunchly Catholic family. We had strict food restrictions all through Lent and on Good Friday. We did have Hot Cross buns, but only on Good Friday. My mother would be up with the sparrows to get the sweet, spiced yeast dough on to prove and we were greeted with freshly baked and glazed Hot Cross Buns for breakfast. That was the only day of the year we ate them.

    We all went on an Easter Egg hunt on Easter Sunday morning before church. My mother had dyed feathers (we all had our own colour) and we followed the trail and clues for our particular colour until we found where the Easter Bunny had hidden our stash. We generally got a chocolate rabbit and an Easter egg in a box surrounded by chocolates. One year we also got a pretty sugar egg with our names piped on them.

    For Easter Sunday lunch we had roast chicken with all the trimmings. It was the one and only time in the year that we got to eat chicken. Mum would stuff them, then press butter under the skin, truss them and as they cooked, baste them carefully. That smell of roasting chicken and potatoes was heaven to me. People eat chicken regularly these days, but back then before the advent of factory farming, chicken was a rare and expensive treat. Dessert was always a Simnel Cake.

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    1. I have a recipe that you can make your own Brownie Mix Marie. It might even be in my cookbook. Here is the link to the printable version: https://sites.google.com/site/oakcottagerecipes/brownie-mix

      You can cut it in half or even thirds. I have done! Love reading about your family's Easter traditions. What a fun time. I love that we each had special things that we did at Easter. Although you can pretty much buy hot cross buns all year round in the UK these days, I only ever bought them for Good Friday myself. Chicken in the old days was so much tastier. Partly because it was a rare treat and party because they were raised properly. Expensive, but incredibly tasty! Happy Easter!! xoxo

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    2. Oh Marie, thank you so much for the Brownie mix recipe. I've seen some online, but was not sure quite which one would work in this recipe. I think I shall try both this and the Krispie Cakes with my granddaughter! She loves us cooking together virtually - she's quite the little cook which makes me so happy.

      We can't buy Hot Cross buns here, but I make my own and even the family here like them. I could make them all year, but I tend to stick to tradition and save them for Holy Week. We tend to do that with traditional foods linked to a day - I think the anticipation just increases the enjoyment once you get to eat them on that rare occasion. They would lose their appeal if we ate them all of the time.

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    3. I know what you mean about them losing their appeal. Its nice to just reserve things like this for the occasions they are meant to honor! I bet your homemade ones are fabulous! xoxo

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  4. My siblings and I would always have a basket with a choc bunny, jelly beans and choc eggs. We always got a jump rope, and a few other Spring toys too, that we would share.

    My sisters and I would get new dresses, shoes and hats to wear to church and then to our Nana's house. My brother would also get a shirt, pants…
    Our Aunts wanted to help buy our Easter clothes bc they never had any kids of their own.

    Every Easter we would see all our aunts, uncles and cousins and have a great big lunch with plenty of desserts and choc everywhere.
    They also got all the kids more choc to take home and $5 each.

    Then later on in the evening we would go see my Meme and Pepe, aunts, uncles and cousins on my Dad's side. In the later yrs it was just my Dad and I bc everyone was too tired and my Mom would get bad headaches from someone smoking. I went and hung out with my cousins and we wouldn't let anyone smoke in that room with us. Lol

    It feels like winter again! Sooo cold, I saw 18• last night!

    🐇Happy Easter🐰 Marie to you and all your family!xoxo
    Stay safe, healthy and warm!

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  5. I am loving reading all of these Easter traditions J!! What fun to read about family times. WE didn't really live near family until we got a bit older because my father was in the airforce and we lived away from extended family. We tried to include family as much as we could when my own children were young, but again airforce family so very rare again. Its been bright and sunny today, albeit somewhat cool. but there are calling for rain for the next 9 days so we best enjoy the sunshine while we can! Happy Easter! xoxo

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  6. How lucky are we to have such lovely memories of Easter! ?! ? Thanks for the recipe and thanks for the memories. xo,V

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    1. Thank you V. I agree we are very lucky! You are very welcome! xoxo

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