Carrot Cake Egg Nests {Easter Dessert Recipe}

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I’ve seen these cute little egg nests all over Pinterest but it seems like they are always made with chocolate or peanut butter.  I wanted to change it up a bit and make Carrot Cake Egg Nests with white chocolate so they looked a little more like Spring!

Because I am trying not to give in to my sweet tooth as often as I’d like, my husband tasted the egg nests and said they were really good!  He took the rest of the bag to work with him.  Before lunch he’d texted to get the recipe but I was mean and said his co-workers had to wait.  But wait no more!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Carrot Cake Egg Nests {Easter Dessert Recipe}
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Ingredients
  • 12 ounce package White Chocolate Chips
  • 12 ounces Chow Mein Noodles
  • Carrot Cake M&M's
Instructions
  1. Place a large piece of waxed paper on your table.
  2. Using 50% power, heat the white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl in 30 second increments.
  3. Stir after each heating.
  4. When the white chocolate is smooth and runny, add in the chow mein noodles.
  5. Fold the noodles into the chocolate until they are well-coated. (Careful not to break the noodles!)
  6. Spoon the mixture into 'drops' on the waxed paper.
  7. Add the M&M's while the chocolate is still soft.
  8. Let cool.
  9. Serve and Enjoy!

I halved the recipe so I didn’t make too many Carrot Cake Egg Nests.  About 5 minutes after I started, I had about a dozen Carrot Cake Egg Nests.

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These cute little egg nests would make a great just because it’s Spring dessert, Easter dessert or bird-themed party treat!

What’s your go-to Easter dessert?

 

More Easter ideas: Chocolate Bowls or Paper Mâché Easter Eggs!

One Pot Meal: Sausage and Tortellini in a Creamy Red Sauce #HillshireSausage

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I’ve said it before and I’ll continue to say it: I LOVE easy weeknight meals!  I don’t think I could manage without them – especially not on nights where the kids have places to be.

As much as I enjoy chicken, I can only eat it a few nights a week without getting tired of it.  Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage is a great alternative.  Sausage & Tortellini in a Creamy Red Sauce makes for an easy and quick weeknight meal.

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4.7 from 6 reviews
One Pot Meal: Sausage and Tortellini in a Creamy Red Sauce
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Recipe type: Dinner
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Serves: 5-6
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg Hillshire Smoked Sausage
  • ½ tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 19 oz. pkg frozen tortellini
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
  • 1 can peas, optional
Instructions
  1. Slice sausage into bite-sized pieces.
  2. In a large skillet, brown the sausage with the garlic for about 10 minutes.
  3. Add vegetable broth, tomato sauce, heavy whipping cream, tortellini, salt and pepper.
  4. Simmer 10-15 minutes, or until the tortellini is cooked completely.
  5. Serve and ENJOY!

How to make Sausage and Tortellini | SensiblySara.com
I don’t have a large skillet, so I used two dishes. If you have a large skillet, this could very easily be a one pot meal!

Sausage and Tortellini Meal with Hillshire Smoked Sausage | SensiblySara.com

If you let the dish sit for about 10 minutes after it’s cooked, the sauce will thicken up nicely!

My husband and I really enjoyed our Sausage & Tortellini in a creamy red sauce!  Hillshire Smoked Sausage adds a depth of flavor that you don’t get with other meat options.  My kids said they didn’t love the sauce, but they ate it.

Would you add Sausage & Tortellini to your menu? 

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How to Make Cookie Cups with Nestle Toll House #‎CookieDoughSheets‬ #ad


**Full Disclosure: Thanks to Nestle Toll House for sponsoring today’s post.  All opinions are my own.

How to Make Cookie Cups | SensiblySara.com

I’ve seen Cookie Cups all over Pinterest but every time I’ve attempted them, I’ve failed … until now!  I have finally figured out how to make cookie cups and I want to share my tricks!

What You’ll Need (just for the cookie cups):

How to Make Cookie Cups:

  1. Thoroughly spray the mini cupcake pan and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Open a package of Nestle Toll House Cookie Dough Sheets (there will be two sheets of dough which is more than enough for 24 mini cookie cups).
  3. Use a knife to cut both sheets into squares (about 1 inch by 2 inches).
  4. Roll each square into a ball.
  5. Bake for 10-13 minutes.
  6. Using your spoon, press the dough from the middle into the sides to form a cup.  (Note: If the dough is not completely cooked, put it back in the oven.  If they are done, let them cool.)
  7. After the cookie cups are cooled, use the plastic knife (or spoon) and pop each cup out of the mini cupcake pan.
  8. Fill as desired.
  9. Serve and ENJOY!

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I took my cookie cups and stuffed them with a whipped topping and pudding mixture to make little Spring treats!

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4.9 from 8 reviews
Spring Cookie Cups
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Ingredients
  • Cookie Cups
  • 1 package Whipped Topping, thawed
  • 1 small package Pudding (I used chocolate.)
  • 1 container Vanilla Frosting
  • Orange food gel
  • Rips candy, cut on the ridges (or any other green, stick-like candy)
Instructions
  1. Prepare pudding as directed.
  2. Fold in whipped topping.
  3. Fill cookie cups with the mixture.
  4. Mix vanilla frosting with orange food gel.
  5. Using a zipper baggie, put orange dots on the pudding mixture in the cookie cups.
  6. Add green candy behind the orange dot (this makes a 'carrot'!).
  7. Serve and ENJOY!

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Which of these Nestle Toll House recipes do you like best?

Easy Mini Chicken and Waffles Recipe

Easy Chicken and Waffles Recipe | SensiblySara.com

From what I hear Chicken and Waffles is a Southern thing.  I’ve never seen it on any menu in Texas, though, and I wanted to try it!  Because Super Bowl Sunday was fast approaching, I thought ‘why not make these bite-sized appetizers’ as part of our game day food table.

5.0 from 3 reviews
Easy Chicken and Waffles Recipe
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Recipe type: Appetizer
 
Ingredients
  • 1 box Mini Waffles, thawed
  • 24 Chick-fil-A Nuggets
  • Maple Dijon Dipping Sauce, optional
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 400°
  2. On a large cookie sheet, place 4-6 sets of waffles (thawed) and 8-12 Chick-fil-A nuggets (if cold).
  3. Bake for 5-7 minutes.
  4. Cut the mini waffles apart.
  5. Stack a mini waffle, chicken nugget and another mini waffle together.
  6. Put a toothpick through the middle.
  7. Serve and ENJOY!

Chicken and Waffles | SensiblySara.com

These little appetizers were just delicious and OH BOY were they a huge hit!!

I made 24 mini Chicken and Waffles and they were all gone in record time.  (As you can see below, a few were taken before I had time to get my camera out!)

Chicken & Waffles Appetizer | SensiblySara.com

I’ll definitely be making these again and again!  And I think maybe I’ll even serve these mini Chicken and Waffles for dinner with a nice salad.

Would you make mini Chicken and Waffles?

A few more appetizer ideas: