Bunnies dressed for Easter
To begin, you will need:
1) Sugar Cookie Dough
2) Bunny Template to hand-cut shapes
3) Royal Icing in lots of pastel colors (I use Sweetsugarbelles recipe found here)
4) I made the icing in both piping and flood consistency, but you may be able to get away with using just one. My family doesn’t like too much royal icing on a cookie so that that is why I always flood with very thin icing.
5) Lots of time to hand cut shapes, a couple of hours to decorate. This part is so fun the time will fly by!
Inspiration – Stickers
I have a big box of stickers I have been collecting for too long. I’ve finally grown up a bit and let my kids use which ever ones they like. I found these under my daughter’s bed, all dusty and squashed and decided I had to make these little bunnies for Easter. So I have no idea the brand or artist, but there they are, and thanks to whomever designed these. I won’t pretend it was me. I just find things I think are cute and put them on cookies.
I put the stickers into the scanner, scanned them, enlarged them in word, printed that, then made these card stock templates for decorating. Hopefully you can print these out and save some time.
Template, maybe you can just take it off my page. I’m so not computer savvy and really don’t have time to embed or label any photos.
Hand cutting is not easy, but is necessary if you want something unique. Use the template to cut out the Bunnies. I think in the time it would take me to make a cutter I can get them all done by hand. The key here is to have very cold dough.
Meanwhile prepare the icing. I learned to go softer on the colors. I wanted really soft pastels but found they became darker…
…later that evening
35 minutes later. Yes, I timed how long it took to bag everything.
Sorry about the dark photos, I like to keep it real.
Begin by outlining separate parts of the bunny’s body. I kept the head and ears as one peice. The little arm was separate from the head.
Now outline and flood section 2, the bunny’s outfit. I also added the pink to the ear, using the wet-on-wet technique. I did this while the white is still wet so it dries flat.
From that point, I added the feet. Notice on the sitting bunny the feet go over the dress. I had to think about this a long time. In one of the standing bunnies I left room to place a carrot on top.
Various stages of bunny detailing. I’ve added a carrot, some facial features. Next I will add the arms on top of the carrot. This has to be done about 30 minutes after adding the carrot. So, as you can see, it’s all about layering the bunny sections.
Some notes about the faces. I kept the eyes very wide spaced, and the nose is sort of heart shaped just below the eyes. The mouths go just below that. I learned this time around that some features look better with royal icing. In this case I wanted the eyes to pop out so they are done that way. The mouth I wanted more in the background So I drew it on. I did a few mouths in royal icing but it didn’t look quite right.
These bunnies have details drawn on with Americolor Edible writing pens. I think I need a new set. This was difficult as my pens were dull. I should have added some of these details before the feet were attached.
More examples of how I decorated their outfits.
They looked so cute in a little bag with either a mini egg or a mini carrot.
Here is the gift I presented to friends.