Happy Easter! What better way to celebrate than to make a batch of these cute hugging Easter bunny cookies. These rabbit cookies can hug M&M peanuts – my favorite (Easter colors), raw natural whole almonds (Jordan almonds would be good too), sugar-free mini jelly beans and carrot sugar decorations – cutest. You could also use other nuts such as cashews or pecans and any candy that will not melt. Jelly beans have a tendency to “bleed” a little and some of the M&M’s did crack slightly.
All you have to do is make your cookie dough, roll it out and cut into desired shapes. Place a piece of candy or nut in the middle of the cookie where the arms will meet. Gently fold over the arms and press – try to show some of the candy/nut. Decorate each cookie as desired!
The cookies in my Mom’s recipe only bake for 6 minutes. Longer cooking times might have different results. I have to admit I did use Betty Crocker’s Icing in a tube and the decorating tips. My icing and tips would have been a little neater but I only made a few cookies (Easter is a few days away) and I didn’t want to make a big batch of icing (see recipes below).I just wanted to show you what a cute idea this is (at least I think so).
I also have a squirrel cookie cutter that can hold a nut. I’m not crazy about this plastic cutter as the “ears” stuck to the cutter (no, I did not dip the cutter in flour first).I only made one cookie as this is an “Easter” post and I will experiment more in the Fall when I make a bunch of them. Plastic just does not give a clean and sharp cut so I will have to work on it…
He’s still cute even without his ears!
For my Christmas Gingerbread cookies I used mini Teddy graham crackers.
Mom's Christmas Sugar Cookies
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1-1/2 cups confectioners sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp. almond extract
- 2-1/2 cups flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. cream of tartar
- food coloring if you want to tint your cookies say red or green for Christmas or orange for Halloween, and so on
Mix butter, sugar, egg, vanilla and almond. Blend in flour, baking soda and cream of tartar. Divide dough in half and form into two disks; wrap tightly in Saran wrap and chill for 2 to 3 hours.
Using one disk of dough at a time, roll it out about 1/4-inch thick. Cut into desired shapes. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. If you want to use egg paint (see recipe below) do this before baking. Bake 6-8 minutes (closer to 6 in my gas stove) or until there is a hint of light brown. Watch very carefully as they can overcook very quickly
Egg Paint: Beat together 1 egg yolk and 1 tsp. water. Add desired food coloring and decorate unbaked cookie.
Icing: Combine 1 cup confectioners sugar, 2 tsp. milk, 2 tsp. Karo syrup. Add desired food coloring to this white icing. (adjust the ingredients to achieve a good decorating consistency)
Chocolate Icing: I make cookies using a football shaped cookie cutter on college football Saturdays and then ice them with the chocolate icing. Save a little icing before you add the baking cocoa to form football laces. Combine 2 cups confectioners sugar, 4-5 tbsp. hot water and 3-4 tsp. baking cocoa.
Recipe by cookingwithauntjuju.com
- 3 tbsp. meringue powder
- 1/2 cup water
- l lb. confectioners’ sugar, sifted
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
- food coloring
- flavored oils such as lemon or almond (optional) for a different flavor
Combine meringue powder, confectioners’ sugar, cream of tartar and vanilla. Add 1 to 2 tbsp. water at a time and beat as above. You want the icing to be of glazing/piping consistency. To decorate the chocolate skeletons I used almost 3 tbsp. less water in the 1/2 cup of water.
Tint the icing as desired adding a little at a time until you get the color you want. Piping icing (outline or adding details) will be stiff. Flooding icing has been thinned out to cover the body of a cookie. Add water gradually until it resembles heavy cream. I like to use squeeze bottles for decorating with this type of icing.
Recipe by cookingwithauntjuju.com
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