This last Sunday was my dad’s birthday. He would have been 73 years old. My dad was one of the nicest guys you would have ever met. He was kind, generous, punny (Yes, that is a word for those of you out there whose main sense of humor rests solely in the ‘pun’-centric universe of jokes.) extremely smart, but never flaunted it and loved to eat good food….especially my mom’s cooking. He did have his faults, though. He was a terrible liar. Oh, for a gullible kid, he was VERY believable. He would say something totally suspicious, but with such a straight face that you doubted your own good sense. For example, he convinced me that he was Elvis when he was younger. The timeline didn’t quite make sense to me, but hey, he DID look a bit like him when he was younger and my dad wouldn’t lie to me, right? Ha. So, when he told me that he hadn’t had a candy bar since he was 16 years old, I had to question him. I said, “But Dad, what about those Cadbury Fruit & Nut bars that you love so much?” and my dad said to me, “Those aren’t candy bars, those are family treats.”
What are you going to do but take him at his word? So, I made these Cadbury cookies in my dad’s honor. Don’t worry about eating them all in one sitting….they’re just family treats.
Empty the bag of Cadbury Mini-Eggs into a Ziplock back and smack them around with something heavy, like a rolling pin or mallet. Make sure they are broken up, but not too much! Set aside some of the larger pieces to place on top of the dough before you put it in the oven. The cookies look cute with bits of the pastel shells sticking out on top.
In a mixer, cream the crisco, butter, white and brown sugars. Make sure they are well blended. Add the eggs and vanilla. Blend.
You can use a spoon here, but I found that using my fingers worked just fine. Place cookie dough on Silpat lined cookie sheets in 1 inch sized balls. Press one or two of the colorful mini-egg pieces into the top of the dough. Place in 350 degree oven for 8-12 minutes. (Until top is cracked and the edges are browned.) My oven was done with them at 12 minutes, but I also like making the larger sized cookies.
Let the cookies sit on the sheet for about 5 minutes after you take them out of the oven. They kind of firm up and are easier to transport from sheet to cooling rack.
And then eat them. Eat them all. Do not feel obligated to share them with your family. Find a quiet corner and test the limits of your belly.
Cadbury Mini-Eggs Cookies
- 1/2 c. Crisco
- 1/2 c. Butter
- 1 c. brown sugar
- 1 c. white sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 1 1/2 t vanilla
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 1/2 c. flour
- 6T unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 10 oz bag Cadbury Mini-Eggs (poured into Ziplock baggie and smacked around with a rolling pin until broken up in large pieces.)
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cream together the butter, crisco, brown sugar and white sugar.
- Add in eggs one at at a time and the vanilla.
- In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, soda, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder.
- Add to the butter mixture to combine and then mix in the candies.
- Drop onto a cookie sheet and cook for about 8-11 minutes.