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8 Inexpensive and Easy Easter Treats

No Bake Chocolate Egg Nests

(Photo Credits: Tastefully Simple)

Candy consumption during Easter is second only to Halloween. The average shopper will spend $45.26 on Easter dinner this year and another $20.66 on candy, according to the National Retail Federation.

Like Halloween, a little creativity goes a long way and filling those Easter baskets can be done cheaply without resorting to colored hard-boiled eggs.

We asked bloggers and chefs to share their favorite Easter treats. We also turned to the idea-generating site Pinterest for cheap and crafty ideas.

Chocolate-covered strawberries masquerading as carrots? Check. Edible Easter baskets? Check.

Here are 8 fun recipes to try:

Jell-O Eggs

Use plastic Easter eggs as the molds for egg-shaped holiday treats.

Chocolate Coconut Nests

Mini chocolate eggs serve as the centerpieces for these no-bake Easter cookies from Tastefully Simple. (You can also try this version using Chinese noodles, peanut butter and melted chocolate or butterscotch chips.)

Lime Gumdrops

Or lemon. Or orange. Maggie Wickes of MaggieLouiseBakes.com makes these easy Easter treats using granulated sugar and powdered pectin.

Easter “Carrots”

A little food coloring turns chocolate-covered strawberries into Easter Bunny approved carrots.

Easter Basket Cookies

Edible Easter baskets you can fill with candy? Yes! Via Pillsbury.

Meringue Kisses

Making 60 of these meringue kisses costs just 11 cents worth of ingredients, says a spokeswoman for IncredibleEgg.org. Flavor with chocolate, vanilla, or mint, and use food coloring for festive holiday hues.

Peanut Butter Eggs

Crispy rice cereal mixed in with the peanut butter and chocolate give these homemade Easter treats a twist compared with store-bought versions.

Easter Cathedral Candies

Sliced thin, colored marshmallows wrapped in CandiQuick and coconut look like a stained-glass window.

Frugal Foodie is a journalist based in New York City who spends her days writing about personal finance and obsessing about what she’ll have for dinner. Chat with her on Twitter through @MintFoodie http://www.twitter.com/mintfoodie.