Thursday, April 14, 2011

Easter Bunny Buns {A Yummy Easter Treat}

Yesterday I made the cutest little Easter Bunny Buns! Last week I stumbled across a recipe at Recipe Shoebox for Easter Bunny Rolls. As soon as I saw the photo I knew I had to make them.

The original recipe was for an orange based yeast dough, but my husband is the only one in our house that cares for orange rolls.

So what I did I used my personal favorite yeast roll recipe to come up with a different version of these cute little rolls. I started with this recipe for Cake Mix Dinner Rolls.

The reason I chose this particular yeast dough was because it yields a slightly sweeter dinner roll making it the perfect dough for this recipe.

I made two different bunny variations. One with cinnamon sugar and a simple icing. And the second was just plain bunnies with the same simple icing and sprinkles.

I think both versions turned out really cute. I actually don't know which one I liked better because they were both quite tasty.

My son preferred the ones with the colored sprinkles, but my daughter chose the cinnamon bunnies. I think whichever one you choose to make your really can't go wrong.

If you don't want a sugary roll I recommend just leaving them plain without the icing. I think they would make a cute addition to your Easter dinner. 

 I have included some step by step photos of how easy is to make these fun little bunny buns.

Start by preparing the yeast dough recipe as directed and let it rise in a warm place until doubled in size. (approx. 40 minutes- 1 hour). 


Punch the dough down and knead on a floured surface until the dough is no longer sticky.

Roll dough into a long rectangle 1/2-inch thick. Cut dough into strips 1/2-inch wide and 14-inches long. (sorry I did not get a photo of that part). 


Reserve 1-2 of the strips to cut into pieces about 1/2-inch long and roll into small balls (use for bunny tails)

Then roll the dough to make rounded snake shapes.( I just cut them into strips without rolling). Place one long piece of dough on a greased cookie sheet.

 Place one end of the strip over the other to make a loop; bring the end that is underneath up and cross it over the other end. Place a ball of dough on top of the bottom loop (to be the tail).

Brush the bunnies with melted butter and sprinkle on a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. You can also leave some of the bunnies plain.

Cover the bunnies with plastic wrap that has been sprayed with baking spray. Allow the rolls to rise in a warm place for 45-60 minutes, until nearly double in size. Remove plastic wrap and bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

Let cool and then brush on a simple icing and add holiday sprinkles to the plain rolls. Just add the simple icing to the cinnamon ones.


Enjoy your bunny rolls. Carson says it is best to have one roll for each hand. LOL


So pretty and so festive.





Easter Bunny Buns

Ingredients:
1 - (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast (I use rapid rise)
1 1/2 - cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
3 1/4 - cups all-purpose or bread flour (I prefer bread flour)
1 - 9 oz package jiffy yellow cake mix or 1/2 of
regular 18.5 oz cake mix approx 1 1/4 cups
1/4 - cup butter, softened to brush on baked rolls
cinnamon sugar
festive Easter sprinkles

Simple Icing:
2 - cups powdered sugar
2 - tablespoons milk
1/2 - teaspoon vanilla extract
1 - teaspoon butter, softened

Directions:
In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes. Stir in the flour and cake mix. Beat until dough is smooth.

Add some flour on the counter and knead any additional flour into the dough. Knead until it is no longer sticky. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil.

Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 40 minutes - 1 hour. Punch down the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface.

Roll dough into a long rectangle 1/2-inch thick. Cut dough into strips 1/2-inch wide and 14-inches long. (sorry I did not get a photo of that part).

Reserve 1-2 of the strips to cut into pieces about 1/2-inch long and roll into small balls (use for bunny tails).

Then roll the dough to make rounded snake shapes.( I just cut them into strips without rolling). Place one long piece of dough on a greased baking sheet.

Place one end of the strip over the other to make a loop; bring the end that is underneath up and cross it over the other end. Place a ball of dough on top of the bottom loop (to be the tail).

Brush the bunnies with melted butter and sprinkle on a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. You can also leave some of the bunnies plain.

Cover the bunnies with plastic wrap that has been sprayed with baking spray. Allow the rolls to rise in a warm place for 45-60 minutes, until nearly double in size.

Remove plastic wrap and bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Let cool and then brush on a simple icing and add holiday sprinkles to the plain rolls. Just add the simple icing to the cinnamon ones.

To make the icing stir the powdered add the butter and blend with a fork. Add the milk and the vanilla extract and mix until you have the consistency of a pourable glaze.

Brush on the glaze while the bunnies are still warm. Add colored sprinkles.

Note: These bunny buns can be left plain and used as a dinner roll. Just shape, rise and bake the bunnies. When they are finished brush with melted butter before serving.

Inspired by: Recipe Shoebox

Recipe Yields - Approx. 20 Bunny Buns


21 comments:

Martha said... #

What a cute idea!! Thanks for sharing.

Jess said... #

What a clever Idea~! Love it! Can't wait to try it!

mr. pineapple man said... #

so cute!!! looks sooo good!! want one right now :)

Cooking with K said... #

I can't wait to make these for my g'children this weekend! They are a huge fan of your blog! Happy Easter, K

Mary at Deep South Dish said... #

Adorable idea Tina!

Lara said... #

I'm so glad you enjoyed them. I'll have to try your sweet version. I never thought of putting cake mix into a bread dough, but it sounds tasty!

Tina at Mommy's Kitchen said... #

Lara it is so good. I use the jiffy mix and it makes just a slightly sweet dinner roll. Perfect for cinnamon and sweet rolls. Those bunny rolls are the cutest thing.

Holly said... #

Tina I am SO making these! So glad you shared the recipe! They are too cute, and I bet taste amazing : )

EnjoytheSouth said... #

Your blog is great! If only I cooked I would be on here all the time! Can I add you as a link on my blog, its about the south?!

Brandie said... #

Such a fantastic idea Tina. I love it!! This will definitely be a hit around my house!

Kristina Seleshanko said... #

So cute!

Erin @ Art+Food+Life said... #

How cleaver! I bet you could make this shape with a number of different doughs. It has my wheels turning. Thanks for sharing.

Libby@CookingWithLibby.com said... #

What a cute idea! I love it!

deebeefromnc said... #

Had a recipe for Cocoa Bread that I wnated to try so I shaped the dough into your cute bunny shapes and they turned out great! My friend (who received 8 of them!) was so impressed! Thanks for sparking my creative side! Love your site and appreciate all you do for us! Have a great Easter and a safe trip!

Anonymous said... #

This looks great. Pictures are pin worthy, but I can handly make out what it says. I wish the font was differnt or at least bigger.
:(

Tina @ Mommy's Kitchen said... #

What part can't you make out. The whole post or something in the photo? If you could give me some details I might be able to help. The text size in the whole post including the recipe is in size 16 which is more than viewable. I guess I am unclear on what you are talking about. I can view this post fine.

April F said... #

I have ALWAYS wanted to make homemade cinnamon rolls, and the bunny ones are super cute. My only question is there a way to make them NOT using the homemade yeast rolls? I DO want to make them, but I've never made homemade rolls before, and I'm afraid I may not be successful.

GryNoKa said... #

I have made almost the same, you have to look at my blog.

http://gryskjokkenskriverier.blogspot.com/2012/03/paskekanin-rundstykker.html
Have a happy Eater! : )

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justine said... #

oohhh these turned out BEAUTIFUL ! and the dough couldnt have been any easier~ very tasty. I did sprinkle with cinnamon /sugar before baking , then frosted while still warm with white frosting straight outta the can( hee hee)... yep this is a keeper recipe for my book :)

Lb Bragg said... #

What could I use instead of the cake mix? Due to food allergies unable to use any kind of premade mixes. I would love any help anyone can offer Thank you