April 9, 2012

Easter Bunny cookies

Spring is here. My dahlia plants are growing quickly, and a pair of doves are nesting in one of the hanging planters in my patio. 
It also means its time for Easter. While it is a relatively new festival for me, I think its a wonderful way to celebrate the advent of spring.  All the colourful eggs and bunnies make me smile. This Easter, I made some white bunny butter cookies with pink ears to give away as party favors. Here it goes. 

Preparation time: 1-1.5 hours
Bake time: 20 minutes
Yield: 40-45 cookies

3 cups all purpose flour 
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup/ 2 sticks unsalted butter (room temperature)
1 egg (room temperature)1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pink gel food color

Cookie dough:
  • In a medium bowl, whisk flour and salt together. 
  • In a large bowl, beat two sticks of butter and sugar together until fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla until mixture is pale and smooth.
  • Add the flour mixture in and mix just until the flour is incorporated. The dough might not come together completely. Knead into a soft ball. 
  • Take a ball of dough about 2-3 inches. (I made some pink bunnies too. Pinch off less if you want only white bunnies). Add a drop of pink food colour to the small piece of dough and knead well, till the colour is evenly blended. Add more colour if you want a darker shade of pink.
  • The dough is pretty firm- almost like play dough consistency. I started shaping right away. If the dough is soft to work with, cover in cling film and refrigerate for 45 minutes and then work on the shapes.

  • Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll a tablespoon of dough into a smooth tear drop shape to resemble a bunny. Gently place on the baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining white dough. Place each of the shaped cookie dough about 1'' apart. The cookies dont spread much. 
Pink bunny ears.
Super cute bunny tails
Tiny pink bunnies
  • Pinch very small amount of pink dough, and shape into a bunny ear. Place on top of the white dough bunny and press down gently. Repeat for the other ear. I tried several shapes (some with round base and narrow tips, some floppy ears and some narrow long ears), and dont think any two bunnies looked identical. 
  • Pinch an even tinier amount and make a tiny bushy tail of the bunny. Repeat above process for tiny pink bunnies.
  • Refrigerate the cookies for 30-45 minutes. 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes in the middle or lower rack till cookies light brown on the bottom.
  • Let cool completely. Make tiny eyes (with molten chocolate and a toothpick), whiskers etc if you wish. I just left them the way they were. Simple and cute!
Easter bunny cookies 
Wrapping: Since I wanted to give each guest some cookies as party favors, I had to figure out a way to wrap them in small boxes. Here's what I did.
  • Printed template I had seen here, and improvised to make it somewhat simpler (given that I was making these the night before Easter). I swapped the bunnies for eggs, and cut the template on colourful construction paper. 
  • Wrapped 4-5 cookies in cling film and placed in each of the folded boxes. Tied the top with wire tiebacks.
  • Adorned boxes with easter ornaments and candies. The outcome was cute and colourful. What do you think?
Easter party favours
Happy Easter!!
Bon Apetit!
Hetal from Houston

PS. I made two batches of cookies, and they turned out great both times. :)
PPS. This recipe is based on original recipe from Rabbit Cookies.


  1. These cookies were awesome! i would say "no one can eat just one" :) and totally loved the packing as well. i guess this is going to be in my favorite's cooking list for my son once he grows up enough to have them :) Well done Hetal! keep on posting great recipes :)

  2. loved these extra cute looking cookies .. great job . loved the packing too..so colourful ..totally in the spirit of the festival .
    will try these cookies soon .

  3. @ Geetu- Thanks a lot, babe! :) Ansh ko bhi milenge, khoob saare...dont ya worry :)
    @ Amrita- You're so good yourself. You could wait a couple years and do it with your little Vaanya. Im sure she is foodie just like her parents :)

  4. Hahaha ..you said it hetal ..she sure has it in her genes !!:):) i am sure vaanya will love these cookies.

  5. I love the packaging job on these! your bunnies are super cute :D Thanks for stopping by to say hi!