April 5, 2015

Hoppy Easter Every Bunny

Hoppy Easter Every Bunny. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

Holiday eating… Oh how I heart thee! I’m secretly feeling rather proud of the 5.2 million extra calories I’ve consumed over the Easter long weekend. And right now, it’s TOTALLY worth the eye twitching, body vibrating, speed talking, wall bouncy sugary high that I expect will end similarly to the Sambuca incident of 2002. (I honestly had no clue the chair had come across on the Mayflower #sorryCathy).

Coastal bound for some quality family time, I decided Denise’s Easter Cookie Bar recipe was the perfect baked beauty to enjoy with a sweetened cuppa, over quality chats & cuddles with Audrey Joan. And it sure is a heck of a lot more impressive than gifting loved ones with a chocolate egg.

Hoppy Easter Every Bunny. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

This gooey, delicious, button exploding, chocolatey treat is sure to be a hit in anyone’s books. The recipe calls for graham cracker crumbs (Shredded Wheatmeal biscuits if you are in Australia) topped with cocoa fuelled condensed milk, caramel (you can make it, or a pre packaged topping will do) garnished with mini eggs (choc bits or a chocolate bar work a treat too).

Hoppy Easter Every Bunny. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time:  25 minutes

  • 3ยพ cups Shredded Wheatmeal crumbs
  • 1ยผ cups unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • โ…“ cup caramel
  • 1 bag of easter eggs, some chopped and some whole to decorate

Step 1: Heat oven to 180 degrees C. Coat 13ร—9 inch baking pan with non stick cooking spray & set aside.

Step 2: Combine biscuit crumbs & butter. Press into bottom of prepared pan. In a small bowl, mix condensed milk with cocoa powder and pour evenly over crumb mixture, gently smoothing with the back of a spoon to distribute in an even layer.

Step 3: Bake for 15 minutes, remove from the oven, drizzle caramel topping on top. Evenly sprinkle chocolate eggs over the bar and return to the oven and bake for an additional 10 minutes. 

I’d love to know, what sort of foods have you been cooking, and or eating over the Easter weekend?

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shenANNAgans is Anna Johnston, a 30 - something Aussie gal with an unwavering passion for the Hospitality industry. I love the quirky and unusual, designing events, travelling far and wide and eating food from all around the world. I am coffee blooded, a craft beer enthusiast, wine drinking yogi who enjoys writing about her adventures.

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Sophie - April 18, 2015 Reply

A cool yummy post, Anna!
I made your lovely tart & it was freaking delicious! too! So fab! xxx ๐Ÿ˜‰

Have a great fun wekkend!

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Bam's Kitchen - April 10, 2015 Reply

Chocolate deliciousness is for sure dreamy and delicious. I hope you had a super Easter, well I know it was if you were eating this as this little dessert is over the top. So sweet, my teeth hurt.. LOL

    Anna - April 10, 2015 Reply

    Absolutely amazing Easter weekend had my end, Ms BAM! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Pretty sure I am still suffering with a sugar hangover from this sweet treat.
    Hope you’ve had a wonderful week.

Ala - April 9, 2015 Reply

Um. Okay. FIRST OFF, Anna, I love love love your blog name so much–pun me up with this awesome blog! Second, your writing is just hands down fab–and I’m not just saying that to say it. I am loving your stories and can totally see myself coming back for seconds, thirds, millionths……Hope you had a hoppy Easter with these lovely bars, goodness knows I could use a few bites myself! Cheers!

    Anna - April 9, 2015 Reply

    Wow, thank you so much Ala, what a delight to find your beautiful comment this morning, you’ve TOTALLY made my day. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I very much look forward to having you visit again, annnnd…. I do hope your Easter was fun filled & chocolate fueled.

Agness - April 8, 2015 Reply

I hope you had an amazing Easter!!! All the best, sweetie!

    Anna - April 9, 2015 Reply

    Thanks darlin girl! Hope your Easter was awesome too. ๐Ÿ™‚

Kris - April 8, 2015 Reply

OMG that choclate explosion you made was amazing. I actually ate a full quarter of it. My brain hurt from it.

Over Easter I was lucky enough to cook 9 fresh Lobsters. It was bloody beautiful. I felt extremely lucky and posh to have that. Love Easter.

    Anna - April 9, 2015 Reply

    It was totes the best way to eat Easter chocolate. And it pleases me greatly that you enjoyed it so much. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Holy WOW, that’s awesome, I havent cooked a lobster in about 10 years, good on you and lucky peeps getting to enjoy your amazing cooking.
    Love Easter too, especially being able to spend some time with choo and your beautiful fam. xo

Choc Chip Uru - April 8, 2015 Reply

Seems like a super sugary easter to me which means it was a good one ๐Ÿ˜€ Glad you had a brilliant holiday x

Choc Chip Uru

    Anna - April 8, 2015 Reply

    URU…. Where have you been lady? I’ve missed you. *hugs*
    Yep, it was an amazingly sweet & sugar fueled Easter, still got the shakes I do.
    Hope you had a super long weekend too. x

My Inner Chick - April 8, 2015 Reply

YUMMMMMMMMMM. Amaaaaaaaaaaaazing dessert.
Is that your boyfriend in the photo? O-La-La.

    Anna - April 8, 2015 Reply

    Thanks lovely lady! It really was a delicious dessert, however not sure I will be able to eat sugar for a really long time. It is ridiculously sweet! ๐Ÿ™‚
    And…. Hahahahahahahahahaha! Nope, that’s my brother. I’m sure he will be touched you think he’s a babe. LOL!

Hannah - April 7, 2015 Reply

Have been eating the chocolate!!!! Sooooo much chocolate! Plus a billion hot cross buns!

    Anna - April 7, 2015 Reply

    Big fan of your camping hotties, they looked magical. But…. the thought of more chocolate and sugar and sweetened bread makes me cringe. #overdosed
    Until next year! ๐Ÿ™‚

Erin@WellPlated - April 7, 2015 Reply

Hoppy Easter to you too lady!!

    Anna - April 7, 2015 Reply

    Thanks Lovely Lady! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Looks like you lots had a rippa weekend.
    Wishing you a super week ahead.

Lily Lau - April 7, 2015 Reply

What a lovely Easter you seem to have lived ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope this week the loveliness still continues, Anna! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Anna - April 7, 2015 Reply

    It really was wonderful, Lily. And wow, thank you so much. Wishing you a beautiful week ahead too. ๐Ÿ™‚

Raymund - April 7, 2015 Reply

We ate a lot of food during the weekend, as you know Filipinos do celebrate a lot during easter after abstained from any meat during the Holy week

    Anna - April 7, 2015 Reply

    From what I could tell Raymund, you’ve been eating some of the most amazingly delicious and healthy foods all weekend. Even if you ate too much, I’d say you were light years ahead of this ‘bad Easter eater’. ๐Ÿ™‚

marta@platedujour.com - April 7, 2015 Reply

Haha 5.2 mln of calories!! It’s nothing trust me ๐Ÿ™‚ I just got back from France, and I don’t even want to think of the number of calories my body had to intake- terrible! But it was worth it of course! Now the misery of life- green salad and carrots until I see the real me in the mirror ihihhiii I hope you had a lovey Easter xx

    Anna - April 7, 2015 Reply

    When in France…. Haha. ๐Ÿ™‚
    It was your duty to eat as much buttery, chocolate loaded pastries as you could possibly fit it. I’d be disappointed if you didn’t.
    Boy oh boy do I feel you re the salads, and juices… Good thing I don’t mind a carrot or 2. Lol!
    Great Easter weekend, hope yours was great also. Xx

Miriam Risager - April 7, 2015 Reply

God, woman. NOW I know what you meant about eating well! That cake looks delicious!!

    Anna - April 7, 2015 Reply

    Haha…. Yep. I ate real well. Bowls of lettuce and air for me now. If only stretchy gym pants were allowed at work. Lol! Happy Easter lady! ๐Ÿ™‚

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - April 6, 2015 Reply

OMG a massive yes to this! And don’t ask me how many calories I’ve eaten over these past few days. It’s too embarrassing! Happy Easter Anna! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Anna - April 7, 2015 Reply

    I’m gonna say it is a sign we have excellent lives with access to all the amazing foods. Seriously tho…. I reckon you get a pass lady, those figs wrapped in prosciutto with Gorgonzola sauce. Holy wow, practically licked my phone. But, you get a pass cause the food is seasonal, and should be enjoyed right now. Lol! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Happy Easter, Lorraine.

Norma Chang - April 6, 2015 Reply

Talking about sugar overload, but this does sounds delicious. Holidays with family are the best and even better by the coast.

    Anna - April 7, 2015 Reply

    Absolutely, I really am very lucky to have been able to spend some time with my fave people, by the ocean and eat delicious sweet treats like this cookie cake. Mmmm! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Hope you had a wonderful weekend and are enjoying the sunshine and warmer weather. X

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef - April 6, 2015 Reply

I read the post and skimmed the comments for more details. Where do you find wheatmeal biscuits that are like graham crackers??? Am I the only one who doesn’t know this?? ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m dying to make this! ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Easter and I hope you’ve survived all the calories.

    Anna - April 7, 2015 Reply

    Hey Maureen. You can get Wheatmeal biscuits at Woolies & Coles & probably your local IGA. I used Arnott’s, they are about $1.20 a packet. They are the closest thing I’ve found to Graham crackers. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Hope you enjoy it, I’d suggest inviting all your friends over to help you eat it, the sugar hangover is awful. Lol! A huge happy Easter to you too. Xo

Tandy | Lavender and Lime - April 6, 2015 Reply

Wow, that’s a sugar overload. We’ve had a lot of wine to drink, as my parents are here and we’ve been doing a lot of wine frame visits ๐Ÿ™‚

    Anna - April 6, 2015 Reply

    It really was Tandy. Still a bit twitchy from the excessive sugar intake. ๐Ÿ™‚ Love that you’ve indulging in the wine, perfect way to while away a weekend. Happy Easter.

Rachel (Rachel's Kitchen NZ) - April 6, 2015 Reply

Happy Easter lovely girl – imagine what it will be like next Easter when Audrey is old enough to eat chocolate!

    Anna - April 6, 2015 Reply

    Now that is a super wonderful thought! ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Easter Rachel! Xx

Gourmet Getaways - April 6, 2015 Reply

Ahh…the gooey temptations just won’t stop. This is just irresistible, Anna!! Happy Easter!

Julie & Alesah
Gourmet Getaways xx

    Anna - April 6, 2015 Reply

    Thanks heaps Julie & Alesah. Hope you’ve both had a wonderful long weekend filled with all the delicious you can possibly fit in. ๐Ÿ™‚
    And…. I reckon I’ve had a good years worth of sweet, so all remaining Easter eats will be coming to work with me tomorrow to be enjoyed with the gang.

Hotly Spiced - April 6, 2015 Reply

Happy Easter, Anna and you sure do look like your mother! I love the look of your dessert and how it has Easter eggs in it and anything with condensed milk gets the thumbs up from me. I’m also staggered at how many calories I’ve consumed this Easter – it’s been non-stop feasting xx

    Anna - April 6, 2015 Reply

    And to you, Charlie. Hope you’ve been having a swell mini holiday with the family. ๐Ÿ™‚
    It’s a cool way to use Easter eggs, looks absolutely yummy too, it’s a win win!
    And boy oh boy… The sugar hangover today is almost unbearable. It’s going to be a tough week while I detox. Lol!
    Happy week ahead love. Xx

Liz Posmyk (Good Things) - April 6, 2015 Reply

Oh my! Yes, I can understand the 5.2 million calories from your Easter baking… I think I’d be in a coma if I ate that one, lovely. Glad to see you enjoying Easter with the fam… and by the sea, just delicious! I baked some gluten free hot cross buns yesterday… I thought they might be like rock cakes, but they were really nice (ok, so today they’ll be rock cakes, ready for a zap in the micro!). Chilling out otherwise, literally, it’s so cold here… and spending time with my P and my kids! xox

    Anna - April 6, 2015 Reply

    Hahaha… It is one of those cakes that you know will cause some sort of reaction, but also… The pain will be worth it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Not really looking forward to the lows that are to come from all the Easter feasting. Sigh!
    You are a brave lady baking GF hotties, well done them working, even if they do need a little zap this morn. ๐Ÿ™‚
    It’s flipping freezing, the onesie has been out in force this weekend. Good you and your Mr are enjoying some quality fam time too. That’s the best! Xxx

Denise Browning@From Brazil To You - April 6, 2015 Reply

You said that you would be making those Easter Cookie Bars and you did. Yours look simply divine!!! I am glad to read that you shared them with special people.

I have just returned from Easter brunch at a friend’s where I brought a version of those bars as one of the desserts. I hope you had a great holiday weekend, Anna… Enjoy your little niece and all great things that life has to offer.

    Anna - April 6, 2015 Reply

    Yeah I did… And Denise, they went down amazingly. My baking status amongst the family has increased dramatically. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing your amazing bars. ๐Ÿ™‚ Awesome. And I love that there are other versions of the bars. Bet it went down a treat with your friends. Hope the rest of your weekend is wonderful, filled with all the deliciousness you can muster, fun times and family.

Sue - April 6, 2015 Reply

Holy moly that looks incredible! Wowza send a piece of that my way will you? Happy Easter!

    Anna - April 6, 2015 Reply

    Haha…. I’ll pop a piece in the post today. Absolutely zero chance of it going off (should it get lost) in the next 30 years with all that sugar. Lol!
    Happy Eastwr to you too. Hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend. Xo

hassan - April 5, 2015 Reply

Sometimes we have a month is planning to celebrate a day. Its clear that you have a great easter. I wish pleasurable days for you .

    Anna - April 5, 2015 Reply

    That’s awesome Hassan. We have big planning discussions for Christmas, but not a month. What do you prepare?

    Great Easter indeed. Thanks heaps for your kind thoughts, I do hope you & yours are enjoying the weekend too. ๐Ÿ™‚

Elizabeth - April 5, 2015 Reply

Oh Anna, that looks way to sweet!!!! But the shredded wheat biscuits are healthy right!!! It looks like it would go down a treat with nice cuppa ๐Ÿ™‚ glad you had a good time with your family…. How’s curry paste man??? ๐Ÿ™‚ Liz xxx

    Anna - April 5, 2015 Reply

    Shredded wheat biscuits are totes health food. Lol! ๐Ÿ™‚
    It was crazy sweet, but one of those tastes you just can’t say no too. Worth the sugar lows I am currently experiencing.

    Excellent time had with the family, and Curry Paste man (that title needs some work) is amazing, beautiful, sweet & spicy. Our conversations about food are the best! Thinking I’ll have to write a post about him shortly. ๐Ÿ˜€

Mandy - April 5, 2015 Reply

Happy Easter Anna! What a happy family shot. Now, I think an extra large slice with a cuppa will hit the spot – what do you say…
Have a beautiful week ahead hon.
๐Ÿ™‚ Mandy xo

    Anna - April 5, 2015 Reply

    And a very happy Easter to you sweet Mandy. ๐Ÿ™‚ I do hope you have been enjoying the festivities and delicious eating that is a part of this holiday.

    A cuppa is just the thing to go with this delightfully sugary treat, I’ll be over shortly. Lol!

    Wishing you a wonderful week ahead too. Lotsa hugs & loves. Xoxo

Fran - April 5, 2015 Reply

I made double batches of salted caramel choc slice and honeycombchoc slice for the family gatherings. Seems to have gone down alright.

That sambucca story sounds likes its a cracker! So much chocolate this weekend, so little time. And I haven’t eaten a single solitary bit of it. But, I did drink 12 Manhattens last night…

    Anna - April 5, 2015 Reply

    Salted caramel choc slice…. Holy Wow woman. Sounds friggen amazing. And honeycomb choc slice too. Far out! I bet they went down a treat, they sound wonderful! ๐Ÿ™‚

    And that Sambuca story was an absolute cracker… Talk about making a good impression on the boyfriends mother. Oops!

    I can’t believe you haven’t eaten any chocolate, at all? WhaaaT! That’s just not right… Although, your 12 Manhattens should balance things out. Loved your snazzy outfit for the party, and I hope the head doesn’t hurt too much! Happy Easter mate.

Mabel Kwong - April 5, 2015 Reply

What a recipe from Denise. And you made the sweet treat so well too. Perhaps one day you’ll be a famous chef. I don’t know if one slice will be enough for me…

Good to hear you’re relaxing with your loved ones and having a good time. That’s the spirit of Easter. I myself haven’t been cooking (I really don’t…..) and have been quite good with my foods. Unless you count the spicy calamari with seasoned chips, pastrami swiss cheese bagel, a whole block of KitKat, a bunch of Easter eggs from work I’ve eaten over the last couple of days ๐Ÿ˜€

    Anna - April 6, 2015 Reply

    I know right? Denise posted it a month or so back in preparation for Easter, I knew right away it was one Iโ€™d def be baking. And boy oh boyโ€ฆ. It was Soooooo good! You do make me smile Miss Mabel, although I think my fame in the cheffing arena has passed, but I am enjoying cooking and being in the kitchen again. So thatโ€™s a big win.
    Hahahahaโ€ฆ You crack me up. Youโ€™ve been all the delicious. If you lived closer, I would have added a slice of the Easter cake to your list.

    Happy Easter gorgeous gal, hope youโ€™ve been enjoying, and not working all weekend. Xx

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