“Home Page,” Friend, Apr. 2004, 31
Easter is a time to remember the Atonement of Jesus Christ. We can show gratitude for this priceless gift by sharing special gifts with others.
Like Kurt discovers in “No Candy for Easter” (pp. 4–6), the best gift you can share is the gospel. First, choose someone with whom you’d like to share your testimony. Your family may want to help you choose someone during family home evening. Write the things you know to be true and the things you are grateful for on slips of paper. Fold the slips, put them inside plastic eggs, and put the eggs in an Easter basket along with a batch of Spring Basket Cookies. (To learn how to make your own basket, see “May Basket,” Friend, May 2003, 48.)
Alternate idea: Use the egg pattern on this page to make an egg-shaped card. Write your testimony on the card and give it to a family member or friend.
1 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs, separated
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups crushed peanuts
2 cups pastel-colored chocolate candies
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 tablespoons margarine, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
2–4 tablespoons milk
Blend the butter and brown sugar in a bowl. Crack the eggs into another bowl, keeping the yolks separate from the whites. Beat the egg whites slightly and set them aside. Stir the egg yolks into the butter mixture and add the vanilla. Sift the flour and salt into the mixture and stir well. Chill dough for 30 minutes.
Place the peanuts between pieces of waxed paper and crush with a rolling pin. Pour the crushed peanuts onto a plate.
Roll the chilled dough into 1″ balls and dip them into the slightly beaten egg whites. Then coat them with crushed peanuts.
Place the balls of dough on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350°F (175°C) for 5 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven, press your thumb gently into the center of each cookie to make an indentation, and then bake them for 5 more minutes. Place the cookies on wire racks to cool.
For the frosting, blend together the sugar, margarine, and vanilla in a small mixing bowl. Add the milk as needed. Frost the center of each cookie and place two pastel-colored candies on each one.
Makes 2 dozen cookies.