Easter Table Setting


IMG_0409
We had a half inch of rain overnight. The lawn and the flowers are starting to spring to life in our yard. I love it! It is one of my favorite times of year in Iowa. And, it definitely has me thinking about colorful spring table settings as we head into the Easter weekend.

IMG_0419

The colors of our kitchen are aqua blue and green, so this color combination works well for setting a spring table. I am using my Easter Bunny Napkins at each place setting in colors that coordinate with my dishes.

IMG_0392_fotor
For the centerpiece, I collected items from around the house and placed them on a long, narrow rectangular platter, but a small tray would work well, also. I can easily pick the whole thing up and move it during the meal, if needed. I found the gingham bunny at Target, the bird’s nest at TJ Maxx, and the silk flowers at a nearby gift shop. Of course, fresh flowers are always wonderful, too, so some fresh hyacinth or tulips would be a great in place of the silk ones.

IMG_0410

I like to use food as a way to add color to the table. I made these Easter Chocolate Mint Cookies (using the alternate option of baking them into bars instead of cookies). I decorated the tops with pastel M & M’s and placed one of the bars at each place setting so they serve as decorations for the table.  Then they can be enjoyed later as dessert at the end of the meal.

IMG_0406

Now that I have my table setting plans decided, I’m excited for Easter Sunday to arrive. I hope you all enjoy celebrating with your friends and families.

IMG_0411

Here is a copy of the Easter Chocolate Mint Cookies recipe shown on my table. They are one of my family’s favorite cookies.

March 2013 001_3

Easter Chocolate Mint Cookies
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Votes: 1
Rating: 5
You:
Rate this recipe!
I love serving these cookies because they look so cute and the mild mint flavor is the perfect ending for a spring meal. If time is short, you can make them into bars and frost them like brownies following the instructions at the end of the recipe.
Servings Prep Time
36cookies 25minutes
Cook Time
10minutes
Servings Prep Time
36cookies 25minutes
Cook Time
10minutes
Easter Chocolate Mint Cookies
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Votes: 1
Rating: 5
You:
Rate this recipe!
I love serving these cookies because they look so cute and the mild mint flavor is the perfect ending for a spring meal. If time is short, you can make them into bars and frost them like brownies following the instructions at the end of the recipe.
Servings Prep Time
36cookies 25minutes
Cook Time
10minutes
Servings Prep Time
36cookies 25minutes
Cook Time
10minutes
Ingredients
Cookies:
  • 1 3/4cup all-purpose flour 

  • 2/3cup baking cocoa
  • 1teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2teaspoon salt
  • 1cup butter, softened(2 sticks)
  • 3/4cup sugar
  • 2/3cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2teaspoon mint extract
  • 1(12 oz.) package semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2cup candy-coated chocolate pieces(M&M's)
Frosting:
  • 1(3 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2teaspoon mint extract
  • 3cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1tablespoon milk
  • 3-5drops green food coloring
Servings: cookies
Instructions
For cookies:
  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Mix flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  2. Beat butter and sugars in a large bowl with mixer at high speed until light and fluffy.  Add eggs and mint extract; beat until well blended.  Gradually mix in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Drop heaping tablespoons of dough onto ungreased cookie sheets.  Bake about 10-12 minutes or until set and beginning to crackle on top.  Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheets to wire rack to cool.
For frosting:
  1. Beat cream cheese with mint extract until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in powdered sugar. Beat in milk and green food coloring until smooth.
  2. Top the center of each cookie with a silver dollar-sized circle of frosting. Add three candy-coated chocolate pieces for garnish, if desired.
Recipe Notes

With a few minor changes, you can make these cookies into bars. Chocolate Mint Brownie Bars: Mix cookie dough as directed in recipe and spread into a 15x10x1-inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 18 minutes or until set. Cool. For frosting, combine 8 ounces cream cheese, softened, 1/2 teaspoon mint extract, and 3-5 drops food coloring. Gradually mix in 5 cups powdered sugar. Add 1 - 2 tablespoons milk to thin to desired consistency for frosting. Spread over bars and sprinkle with candy-coated chocolate pieces.

Share this Recipe