Easy Easter Cut Out Candy
Happy Healthy Holidays!
For Easy Easter Cut Out Candy, melted semi-sweet chocolate is sprinkled with pretty pastel colored coconut flakes, then cut into festive Easter shapes.
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 teaspoons shortening
1/4 teaspoon water
1 drop food color
1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes
Shortening note: Do not use butter, oil, margarine or vegetable oil spread in place of the shortening.
Cover bottom of 13x9-inch pan with heavy duty foil.
In small microwave-safe bowl, place chocolate chips and shortening. Microwave at high (100 percent) 1 to 1-1/2 minutes, or until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth when stirred. Immediately spread mixture evenly on foil to about 1/8-inch thick; pat tinted coconut evenly onto chocolate.
Refrigerate for five to ten minutes or until beginning to firm. Press sturdy, Easter-shaped cookie cutters down to foil, cutting through coconut and chocolate; do not remove shapes. Return to refrigerator until completely firm; gently remove foil. Gently press out shapes; cover and refrigerate until ready to use. Use as garnish for desserts. Recipe makes 6 to 12 cut-outs.
Tinted Coconut: In small bowl, stir together 1/4-teaspoon water and one drop food color. Stir in 1/2-cup sweetened coconut flakes; with fork, toss until evenly tinted.