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NESTLE: THIS EASTER, DECORATE SOMETHING YOUR FAMILY WILL LOVE TO EAT -- 'EGG-CEPTIONAL EASTER COOKIES'

 GLENDALE, Calif., March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Every hen across the country is laying eggs in preparation for the Easter holiday season.
 This year Nestle(R) Toll House(R) Morsels is giving hard-working hens a break by suggesting that moms bake not boil, and make their kids something they will love to eat -- egg-ceptional cookies.
 Although dying Easter eggs is a fun tradition, not everyone enjoys eating them. The egg-ceptional cookies, however, are not only exciting for kids to decorate, but tasty to eat!
 These cookies can be easily prepared and decorated with Nestle(R) Toll House(R) Semi-Sweet morsels, Rainbow morsels, piped frosting and colored sugar to add a festive "egg-ceptional" touch.
 "Our research shows that it's fun for families to bake together, especially during the holidays," said Rob Kowalski, marketing manager, baking division. "We want to provide recipes and create excitement around Easter, as well as other holidays."
 The egg-shaped cookies can be given as a great Easter gift or served as a colorful dessert after the holiday dinner. A few other ideas include:
 -- Wrap colorful plastic and ribbons around the cookies and have a cookie hunt.
 -- Add decorative cookies to accompany eggs, chocolate bunnies and jelly beans in Easter baskets.
 -- Decorate or make Easter baskets out of construction paper or egg cartons to hold egg-shaped cookies and give to teachers, friends and grandparents as homemade gifts.
 The Egg-ceptional Easter Egg Cookie
 (Makes about 2 dozen cookies)
 2 cups all-purpose flour
 1 teaspoon baking powder
 1/4 teaspoon salt
 1 cup granulated sugar
 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
 1 egg
 2 cups (12-ounce package) Nestle Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate
 Morsels, divided
 Food coloring
 1 to 2 containers (15 ounces each) prepared vanilla frosting
 1-1/2 cups (9-ounce package) Nestle Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate
 Rainbow Morsels
 Colored sugars
 In small bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. In large mixer bowl, cream sugar, butter and vanilla; beat in egg. Beat in dry ingredients. Stir in 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels. Press enough dough into greased and floured tablespoon to make slightly rounded. Invert onto ungreased baking sheet. Continue with remaining dough. Bake in preheated 350-degree Fahrenheit oven for 12 to 14 minutes or just until golden around edges. Cool for 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
 To color frosting: Stir food coloring into small amounts of frosting until desired color.
 To pipe frosting: Use pastry bag fitted with small, plain or fluted tip, heavy plastic bag with corner tip snipped off, or plastic squeeze bottle with small tip.
 To decorate cookies: Frost tops with white or colored frosting. Decorate as desired with remaining semi-sweet morsels, rainbow morsels, piped frosting and colored sugars.
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 /CONTACT: Judy Secreto of Creamer Dickson Basford, in Pittsburgh, 412-456-7836, for Nestle, or Leslie Hoefer of Nestle Baking Division, 818-549-6000/


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