Spring is definitely in the air- this week weve had 70 degree temperatures and snowstorms, all within a 48 hour period. Perfect easter weather, with the sun shining and piles of melting snow everywhere. One of my favorite easter memories as a kid was the year we had 6 inches of snow outside. Even the easter bunny didnt want to deal with the snow, so our indoor easter egg was especially fun that year. The following year mom had to institute a found egg count rule due to wayward eggs hidden so well they became late spring stink bombs. Ah, good times These cookies remind me of another easter tradition- every child got their own chocolate bunny and a special candy easter egg with our name written on it. With or without the personalized base cookie, these peeking bunny cookies are bound to be a hit with kids and adults alike.
Base cookie can be any geometric cookie that is roughly the same width as the cookie you will place upright. To make these star base cookies you will need a pink or blue 15 second icing, and four of the below pastel piping consistency icings. For the pink base, you will need orange, green, blue and yellow. For the blue base, you will need yellow, purple, green and orange.
- (not shown) Outline the outside of the cookie with pink (or blue) 15 second icing and a #2 tip. Allow to dry for 15 minutes. Flood the cookie, and allow to dry 6 hours or overnight.
- Pipe the name with orange (or yellow) piping icing and a #1 tip on the front third of the cookie.
- Pipe an outline around the cookie with green (or purple) piping consistency icing. Leave space around the name so it can easily be read.
- Pipe a blue (or green) line about 1/4 inside the green line.
- Pipe a zigzagging pattern from the green to the blue lines with orange (or yellow) piping consistency icing.
- Pipe yellow (or orange) egg shaped dots in the spaces in between the orange zigzags.
- Allow to completely dry 12 hours or overnight before attaching upright cookie.
Peeking bunny cookie To make these cookies you will need a rainbow of six pastel 15 second and** piping consistency icings: yellow, orange, pink, purple, blue and green, white 15 second icing, black 15 second icing, pink edible pearls and silver dragees. Youll also need food safe tweezers for the pearls and dragees. If you are going to make these into stand up 3D cookies, cut a flat bottom to the egg with a paring knife before baking so youll have a more stable flat surface to attach the upright cookie to the base.
**I made the six pastel 15 second icings the first day, and used them to outline and flood the cookies. The next day, I added more powdered sugar to each icing to thicken it to a piping consistency for the decorative details. This saves time in coloring icing, and lightens the piping consistency icing slightly for better contrast.
To make these easter egg bunnies feel more personal for each child, I made two each of six different pastel eggs in every dozen cookies, so there wouldnt be a lot of duplication. To keep myself from going insane, I used the same pattern on the egg shells, with slight variation depending on the base color of the egg. For purposes of this tutorial, well focus (primarily) on the blue easter egg bunnies.
- Use pink 15 second icing and a #2 tip to outline and fill inner bunny ears. Allow to dry for 15-20 minutes. Outline bunny face with white 15 second icing and a #2 tip. Carry the jagged edge of the cracked easter egg across the top of the egg. Allow to dry for 20 minutes, then flood the bunny head with white 15 second icing and #2 tip. Dry 20 minutes.
- Outline eggs with blue 15 second icing and #2 tip. Dry for 15-20 minutes, then flood the egg with blue icing. Allow to dry 12 hours or overnight.
- With 15 second white icing and a #1 tip, add one mound for the bunnys left cheek, allow to dry 5 minutes, then add the right cheek. With pink icing consistency icing and a #1 tip, pipe a line down the center of each pink center on the bunny ears. Add a pink nose in the center of the bunnys cheeks. With white icing, pipe three dots on each cheek for whiskers.
- With white 15 second icing and a #1 tip add eyes to the bunny face. While the white icing is still wet, add black 15 second icing pupils on top. Dip a toothpick or scribe tool in white icing and add reflection to the black pupils. Pipe eyebrows with white icing. With black 15 second icing and a PME #1.5 tip, starting in the center under the cheeks and working your way out, pipe a smile on the bunny face.
- Easter egg shell decorations are all piped with icing consistency icing and a #1 tip. With green icing, pipe a rounded line about 1/2 below the tip of the egg shell. Pipe another line below in orange.
- Pipe spaced yellow dots right below the green line, and purple dots right above the orange line.
- Pipe a line of purple swags below the orange lines, leaving enough space for the upcoming pink pearl in step 9.
- Pipe scallops beneath the swagged line. (spellcheck says swagged is not a word, but what would you call it?)
- With pink icing, add a dot of icing at the top of each swag, and using tweezers attach a pink sugar pearl.
- Above the first green line, add spaced dots of blue icing (to match the color of the easter egg), and attach silver dragees.
- Pipe another line of orange below the swags.
- This step isnt strictly necessary, but there was a drop of water that fell on the cookie and left a mark that was driving me crazy, so I piped a line of blue dots to cover the mark.
- Pipe a yellow line below the orange line.
- Pipe zigzags between the orange and yellow lines with pink icing.
- Now that we have finished the easter egg shells, we can make our final touches to the bunny, fingers to show the bunny is peeking over the top of the shell. (the order of pictures 15 and 16 were reversed by accident-oops!) With white 15 second icing and a #1 tip, pipe two spaced fingers on each side. Allow to dry for 5 minutes.
- Pipe the center fingers and allow cookies to dry 12 hours or overnight.
Attach the base (not shown) Mix even more powdered sugar into piping consistency icing to match the color of the easter egg base. The icing should be a bit thicker than toothpaste but still feel sticky, so it wont need to be propped while it dries. Pipe a double line of icing along the bottom of the easter egg cookie with a flat #46 tip. Attach upright to the base name cookie and allow to dry 6 hours.
These cookies are terrific easter treat, whether attached to a base cookie, or sealed in cellophane bags tied with cute easter ribbons.Happy Easter everyone!