As families across Long Island prepare to celebrate Passover and Easter Sunday, pantries will be stocking up with the essential holiday goodies.

Snacks and goodies for Easter are abundant, delicious and universally enjoyed by adults and children alike. We chose a couple of unique snacks and dessert recipes you can surprise your family with.

For families who celebrate Passover, eight days without leavened bread can make everyday meals and snacks a difficult challenge. Fear not, we found some easy, creative recipes to keep everyone full and satisfied.

Matzo Pizza

matzopizzaThis simple dish makes a perfect meal for any time of the day — even dinner if you slap an over easy egg on top! For tasty matzo pizzas, take your favorite pizza sauce and thinly spread over matzo. Top with mozzarella cheese, a mix of veggies, some italian seasoning and a garnish of julienned basil. Bake at 375 until golden and

bubbly. Let cool for a few minutes and serve. And the best part of these pizzas? It’s easy and fun for the whole family to take part in!

 

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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

Skip the flour and indulge in these simple, passover-friendly

delicious peanut butter chocolate cookies. For this recipe, simply combine a cup of sugar with a cup of peanut butter and one egg, mixing until combined. Stir in chocolate chips., oats, craisins, or any other delicious addition your family enjoys. Use a large spoon to portion out the dough on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Baked for 12-15 minutes at 375, or until golden around the edges.

rancherosHuevos Rancheros

Skip the traditional matzo brie for breakfast and try this playful take on the beloved South-of-the-border classic instead. Using matzo as your base, build layers of stewed black beans, pico de gallo salsa, your favorite cheese, and eggs over medium.

 

Chocolate Donut Easter Baskets

donutbasketWhat you need:

  • Chocolate Donuts
  • Frosting or Peanut Butter
  • Shredded Coconut
  • Small, wrapped egg candies
  • (or other small individual
  • candies can be substituted)
  • Red licorice string.

Set these at each place setting for edible decorations – so festive and creative! Spread a thick amount of peanut butter or frosting on the top of the chocolate donut. Place the shredded coconut into a sealable plastic bag. Stir or shake in drops of green gel food coloring into the bag of coconut until your desired color has been reached. Sprinkle the green coconut grass onto the peanut butter or frosting. Press three egg candies on top of the shredded coconut and peanut butter or frosting. Cut a length of licorice string and insert the ends into the sides of the donut. It may be helpful to use a toothpick to poke holes into the sides of the donut to insert the licorice string into.

 

Traditional Trifle 

trifle1HCWhat you need:

  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant
  • vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 8 cups cubed angel food cake
  • 4 cups sliced fresh strawberries

So easy to make and such a lovely way to end a special meal.

In a large bowl, beat the milk, sour cream, pudding mix, and orange peel on low speed until thickened. Fold in whipped cream. 

Place half of the cake cubes in a 3-quart glass bowl. Arrange a third of the strawberries around the sides of the bowl and over the cake. Top with half of the pudding mixture. Repeat layers once. Top with remaining berries. Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.