There is nothing like a special treat on the holiday, even if you have to search all day to find it.
As a child, Easter was cruel fun.
My sister and I would wake up and run into the living room to find what we got for Easter. When we were young we would find stuff rather easily, but as we got older it wasn't so easy.
There were a few Easter mornings we were told it wasn't actually Easter and sent back to bed! (Sad thing, I hate to admit it, but we fell for it!)
My parents would never hide baskets in the easy places (like behind a couch) they would hide them behind the towels in the bathroom closet.
Why? I figured it was because my parents enjoyed organized tormenting as a sport.
Then, one Easter, I found my sister's basket before I found mine.
Then it hit me. What if I hide her basket in a harder place while I'm still looking for mine? I officially became a part of the annual cruelty from then on. A couple of years later, my sister was in on the game as well.
Hey, it was all in the name of fun.
Chocolate eggs, caramels, suckers and those little PEEP chicks (which I didn't like as a child, but my two kids fight over them now) were always hidden inside an Easter Basket somewhere within the town limits of Carbon.
It was great fun to search for a basket that could be hidden literally anywhere. (I remember finding one stuffed in a garbage bag, inside the neighbor's doghouse!)
But my favorite and easiest to find Easter treat was my Grandmother Iva's blonde brownies straight from the oven.
You will need the following:
Toast a 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts in a skillet with 2 tablespoons of butter, 1/2 teaspoon sugar and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Set aside to cool while mixing the rest of the ingredients.
Measure and sift all the following dry ingredients together in a bowl,
* 1 cup all-purpose flour,
* 1 teaspoon of cinnamon,
* 1/2 teaspoon baking powder,
* 1/8 teaspoon baking soda, and
* 1/2 teaspoon salt.
Cream together the following ingredients in a separate bowl,
* 1 cup of firmly packed brown sugar and 2 teaspoons of white sugar,
* 1/3 cup butter,
* 1 egg, and
* 1 tablespoon each of almond and vanilla extract
Mix the two sets of ingredients together, then add 1/3 cup of semisweet chocolate chips and half of the nuts. Spread batter into 9 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan. Sprinkle the rest of the nuts, about another 1/3 cup of chocolate chips and a touch of cinnamon on top. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes.
To make the brownies even more special, my grandmother would melt some caramels and drizzle the sauce over the top.