who gave birth to the easter bunny?

now the easter bunny is something I can get behind:

"The Easter Bunny was introduced to the United States by the German settlers who arrived in the Pennsylvania Dutch country during the 18th century. The arrival of the Osterhase was considered one of "childhood's greatest pleasures", similar to the arrival of Kris Kringle on Christmas Eve.
According to the tradition, children would build brightly colored nests, often out of caps and bonnets, in secluded areas of their homes. The "Oster Hawse" would, if the children had been good, lay brightly colored eggs in the nest. As the tradition spread, the nest has become the manufactured, modern Easter basket, and the placing of the nest in a secluded area has become the tradition of hiding baskets. The first edible Easter Eggs were made in Germany during the early 19th century and were made of pastry and sugar."

and after a long winter we need a celebration for Spring and all it’s loveliness. Leave it to the Germans to make it delicious.

Here was my eatable elephant “easter” offering—sugar cookie recipe here.

  1. Kristin said:

    Yummy, those have to be the best cookies ever!

  2. em said:

    They look so adorable!!

  3. Susan said:

    YUM! YUM!

  4. Hmm, hadn’t heard of “pastry” used in that context before. I wonder what those first German edible Easter Eggs looked and tasted like!

    “Pastry may also refer to the dough from which such baked products are made. Pastry dough is rolled out thinly and used as a base for baked products. Common pastry dishes include pies, tarts and quiches.”

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