If you’re hosting or even just attending an Easter breakfast or brunch this year, consider making cinnamon roll bunnies, as they will appeal to both the young and the old. While the concept is usually the same (cinnamon rolls shaped like bunnies), there are a few variations you can do. Choose whichever one sounds the most tempting to you or combine a few steps and create your very own version!
These bunnies are a cinch to put together and only take 45 minutes to make four servings. The store-bought dough does most of the work for you, other than decorating, which can be a fun activity to share with kids, or really anyone else who enjoys being creative. The rolls themselves go in at 350 for about 15 minutes. The final shape is an entire bunny face, with chocolate chip eyes, a red baking chip for a nose, and almond slices for teeth. Add in a glass of orange juice to pose as carrot juice (or actual carrot juice if they like that) to have with the rolls!
This version shaves off ten minutes (total time is 35 minutes) without sacrificing servings (you still get a total of four). The recipe listed is for one large bunny and then three smaller ones, all in their entirety, but you can do whatever sizing works for you. Again, you’ll rely on the convenience of refrigerated rolls and bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Since you are creating only the profile of the bunnies, you’ll only need one chocolate chip per bunny for eyes. Since chocolate chips do not come in four-packs, feel free to use the rest in something else like pancakes, another sweet dessert, or just munch on them alone!
These little bunny faces clock in at a total prep and cook time of 35 minutes, but will yield you five servings this time. You’ll again make use of store-bought dough and the accompanying icing, but this recipe adds canned vanilla frosting in (added only after the rolls have completely cooled from the oven) as well. And to make them a bit more festive, jelly beans are used for the eyes, nose, and inner ears, and coconut dyed green will pose as the grass around them. And don’t worry, that grass is even easier than the recipe: put coconut in a resealable plastic bag with green food dye, shake, and then let dry on a cookie sheet.
Tired of the store-bought dough? Here is a recipe for those of you who want to be a bit more bold in the kitchen and make your own cinnamon roll dough, which is something that you can do beforehand and keep refrigerated until it’s ready for use. The recipe yields 16, so if your crew isn’t going to be that big, decrease ingredient amounts accordingly. For the dough, make sure you use a rapid rise yeast to shorten the cook time. For the icing, you can separate a small amount from the batch to dye pink for the ears. Finishing decorating the face with licorice whiskers, candy for the noses and eyes, and almonds for teeth! Although a bit longer and much more hands-on than the others listed, if you have the time and patience to make your own dough, you will find that freshness and quality you get from them is well worth the time spent!
No matter if you use store-bought dough or make your own, create bunny faces or their whole bodies, use jelly beans or chocolate for the facial features, a cinnamon roll bunny to start your Easter Sunday off, is the right way to start your Easter Sunday off!