Okay, so I know the title is a little corny, but I just couldn’t resist. I’m continuing this week with sharing tutorials for the desserts I had made for Easter this year. Today I’m sharing with you my Bunny Butt Cookies.
I’ve found that when I go to a holiday dinner that includes little kids, no matter how much time and effort I spend on making a fancy, elegant dessert, they would rather just have a cookie. So this Easter I decided to include some cookies on a stick for the kids at our holiday meal. I wanted to have something cute and “Easterish” but I also wanted to put a fun little spin on it. We see bunnies all over at Easter so I decided to go with that, only from a different point of view. May I present to you the Bunny Butt Cookie!
It may take you a second look to figure out what they are but, once you do, you have to admit that they are kinda cute. My four year old niece loved them. In fact, my favorite part of the whole day was when she yelled across the dining room to me, “Aunt Shell, when I finish my dinner I want bunny butt!” That got the whole family laughing.
Here is a tutorial on how to decorate your own Bunny Butt Cookies, complete with a couple of my favorite cookie recipes. Aside from the cookies and icing, you will need cookie sticks, large marshmallows, piping gel, white non pareils, decorating bags, round tips #1, #2 and #4 or #5. A small amount of white chocolate is also optional for attaching the feet to the bottoms, as you will see at the end.
Bunny Butt Cookies
Step 1: Bake Sugar Cookies on Sticks
I didn’t get pictures of the baking process but you can get a printable version of my favorite sugar cookie recipe by clicking here. Use a round cutter to cut out one round cookie for each bunny bottom. Then use an oval cutter to cut out 2 feet for each cookie.
To place the bottoms on sticks, carefully take the end of a cookie stick and slide it up at least half way into the cookie. I usually place a couple of fingers on the cookie and gently press on it while the stick is being inserted, to keep it from splitting the cookie dough. I also twist the cookie stick back and forth in my fingers while inserting it. That seems to help it slide in easier. If the dough does start to split, just use your fingers to press it back down and smooth it out over the stick. Bake and cool the cookies as usual.
Step 2: Make Pads on Bunny Feet
Start by using pink cookie icing, in a decorating bag fitted with a #2 tip, to freehand outline and fill one large oval and three smaller ovals, creating pads on the bunny feet cookies. For a printable version of my favorite cookie icing recipe, click here. Set aside to dry.
Step 3: Outline Cookies in White
Use white cookie icing, again with a #2 tip, to outline all the bottom cookies as well as all the feet cookies.
Step 4: Fill in Cookies
Use the white flood icing (see recipe to understand difference in outline and flood icing) in a decorating bag, or squeeze bottle, with a #1 or #2 tip for the feet and #4 or #5 tip for the bodies, to fill in the cookies.
Step 5: Add Tails
Cut the marshmallows in half…
Then set them on the bottom cookies while the icing is still wet. Set all the cookies aside to dry overnight.
Step 6: Add Texture to Tails
Once the icing is completely dry, it is time to add some texture to the tail. Take a clean paintbrush, that is only used for food, and use it to paint piping gel over the entire marshmallow.
Now pour a bottle of white non pareils into a tray and dip the moistened tail into the mound. After each cookie you will need to mound up the non pareils again so that the mound stays thick enough to cover each tail.
There’s the tail.
Hint: I have found that stamping trays, the kind that stampers use when putting glitter on their projects, work great for adding various types of sprinkles on cookies. The nice thing about them is that they make it easy to save all the excess and pour it back into your jar.
Step 7: Attach Feet
The final step is to attach the feet to the bottoms. You can use more cookie icing to do this, but if you want them to dry quicker, you can do what I did and add a little bit of melted white chocolate then, once attached, stick the whole cookie in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.
Now you’ve got yourself a sweet little bunny butt!
In case you were wondering how I made my basket display, here is what I did.
I found an old apple basket in my basement that I thought would make a cute container. It was pretty light and I was afraid the weight of the cookies would cause it to fall over so I needed something to weigh it down. I asked my husband to bring me something heavy for it so he showed up with (I can’t believe I am telling you this) an old brake rotor from his shop. It was the perfect size and weight to fit in the basket. I covered it with foil first and then stuck it in the bottom of the basket. Of course, I am not recommending you use a brake rotor, a heavy rock would also be just fine, that is just the way you do things when you live with a car guy.
I then took one of my cake dummies and placed it over the brake rotor.
Next, I covered the whole thing with Easter basket grass. It made a great container and I was able to stick the cookie sticks into the Styrofoam so that they would stand upright.
And that’s how the bunny butts came to be.
I hope you enjoyed getting to the “bottom” of how they were made. Haha! I just crack myself up.
Next week I’ll finish up my Easter recipes by sharing how to make Oreo Balls.
Until next time, God Bless and Sweet Dreams.