Hooray! It’s Easter!
What amazing timing that we can get together with loved ones and family. If you are not too sure of the rules, I hope the information below helps, then we can all have a great time, but responsibly!
One is the ‘rule of six’, meaning six people from many different households can now meet up outside.
Children of any age are included in the count, which means if six adults met and one of them was carrying a baby that would strictly be against the rules.
The other grouping allowed is two different households.
This means that two large families can meet up outside even if together there are more than six people present.
However, crucially, these meetings are only allowed outside - indoor mixing of households is still strictly barred. Outdoor settings both public and private - such as a garden - are allowed.
So, get your eggs hidden, pinnies on and do some baking and if you are really going to go for it, decorate the door with a wreath. Whatever it is you will be doing, we hope that sharing some of our Easter ideas will make yours extra special.
Create the perfect cookie with a soft, chewy centre and crisp outer edge. Mini eggs, white and dark chocolate chunks make them an indulgent Easter treat.
- 175g butter, softened
- 200g light brown soft sugar
- 100g golden caster sugar
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 250g plain flour
- ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 50g white chocolate, chopped into chunks
- 100g bar dark chocolate, chopped into chunks
- 100g mini chocolate eggs, lightly crushed with a rolling pin, leaving some larger pieces to decorate
Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Line two baking sheets with baking parchment. Tip the butter, sugars and vanilla into a bowl. Beat with a hand-held electric whisk until pale and fluffy. Add the egg and beat again. Tip in the flour, bicarb and a pinch of salt, then use a spatula to mix together before adding the chocolate chunks and about half the crushed mini eggs (set aside the larger pieces) and mix again until everything is combined.
Scoop golf-ball-sized mounds of cookie dough onto the baking sheets, making sure you leave plenty of space between each one. (You should fit 4-6 cookies on each, so you’ll have to bake in batches to make the total 20 cookies.) Push the remaining mini egg pieces into the tops. Can be frozen at this point for up to three months. Defrost thoroughly in the fridge before baking. Bake for 15-18 mins, swapping the sheets around halfway through. For soft and chewy cookies, the cookies should be golden around the edges but still pale and soft in the middle. If you prefer a biscuit texture, you will need to bake them a little longer.
Remove from the oven and leave to cool for 10 mins before transferring to a wire rack, then bake the second batch. Continue until all the cookies are baked. Will keep in an airtight container for up to a week.
ADD A TWIST
For choc-orange cookies, replace the mini eggs with 100g chopped orange chocolate. Add the zest of an orange to the dough, too. For choconana cookies, replace the chocolate eggs with broken banana chips. And for toffee pecan cookies, swap white choc chips for toffee pieces, and chocolate eggs for chopped pecans.