Thursday, April 14, 2011

Easter Bunny Buns

Swing into spring with these 🐰🐥 adorable Easter inspired Bunny Buns. These easy yeast rolls are topped with a light, simple vanilla glaze and shaped like bunnies with pointy ears and little round tails making them the perfect roll for Easter.
Yesterday I made these cute little Easter Bunny Buns!  I stumbled across a recipe on line and 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.

Instead of the orange based dough 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 RollsThe 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 dough recipe 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.

Inspired by: Recipe Shoebox


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 :)

Kay Little 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 | 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 Butler 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.

Unknown 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!

Proverbs Thirty One Woman 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. 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.

Gry said... #

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

Unknown 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

Anonymous said... #

Hi Does anyone know how much warm water to use to dissolve the active yeast in? Many thanks!

Tina Butler said... #

It is 1 1/2 - cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C) It is listed in the full recipe with the remaining ingredients at the end of the post. You need to scroll down to the bottom of the step by step directions for the recipe.

Joanne E said... #

Is there any way to make these ahead of time the night before and then bake them in the morning? Would love to try these for Easter breakfast!!!!!

semy2kxi said... #

I have a couple of questions. First, one of the pictures looks chocolate. How do you do that? Second, could you deep fry these ala twist donuts? I love chocolate twist donuts. Thanks in advance for any ideas.

Tina Butler said... #

None of these are chocolate. It is a dinner roll recipe with a simple icing and some of the bunny buns are sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. I don't think deep frying would work on this recipe. You can try it, but the results will be different.