Plying kids with an abundance of shiny Easter eggs is fun, but only if you're not the one who has to deal with the tantrums and tummy troubles later. So if your kids have been sent a mountain of Easter eggs from grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends, then you might have a long holiday on your hands.

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When it comes to guarding chocolate, kids are smart. So if you are planning to deplete the store a little, you might need to get creative with your tactics. Here are five of the best Easter recipes for kids using leftover chocolate.

Easter egg rocky road

Rocky road with mini eggs

No baking required with this super-easy rocky road recipe. Invite little hands to help bash the biscuits and mix together with melted chocolate, marshmallows and chocolate mini eggs.

Easter egg rocky road

Choc chunk, cashew & cranberry cookies

Cranberry & chocolate cookies on a cooling rack

Break the chocolate monotony with a batch of these chewy biscuits, packed with dried fruit and nuts. Roughly chop any thick pieces of leftover eggs into chocolate chunks, then let the kids mix and roll the dough to their heart's content. Alternatively, use up leftover mini eggs with these Easter egg cookies.

Choc chunk, cashew & cranberry cookies

Mini chocolate cheesecakes

Mini egg chocolate cheesecakes in paper cases

If these mini cheesecakes don't persuade the kids to part with a few precious chocolate shards then you are in serious trouble. This recipe has been written for kids and makes a fun indoor project. After all who doesn't love some enthusiastic biscuit-bashing on a rainy day?

Mini chocolate cheesecakes

Crispy chocolate fridge cake

stack of crispy chocolate fridge cake with mini eggs

Getting children to pool their chocolate into this little creation is double-clever, not only will you make a nice dent in their milk, white chocolate and mini eggs, but they will be so proud of their creation they won't mind slicing it up and sharing it out.

Crispy chocolate fridge cake

Chocolate cornflake cakes

stack of chocolate cornflake cakes

An oldie but a goldie – no one will be able to resist getting stuck into these retro treats, you can also decorate liberally with smaller eggs for a double-chocolate fix.

Chocolate cornflake cakes

Not even made a dent? Our chocolate baking recipes are full of brownies, fondants and cakes to deplete the very biggest Easter stashes. Plus, keep the kids entertained for the whole holiday with these fun Easter projects for kids.

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Have you got any sneaky ways to use up leftover chocolate? We'd love to hear your ideas

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