These Bunny Easter Sugar Cookies are pretty and impressive set of cookies that are perfect to celebrate spring and Easter! And believe it or not, these Bunny Easter Sugar Cookies are deceptively easy cookies to make thanks to royal icing transfer bunnies and roses.
If the weather agrees or not, it’s spring, and this weekend is Easter. I love making sugar cookies to celebrate this time of the year. There’s something exciting about everything starting to turn green and blossom, and I love that the days are getting longer. That means more daylight, mores sunshine (at least in theory), and a feeling like there’s more time to get everything done.
These Bunny Easter Sugar Cookies are made with a “springy” palette, only 4 colors. But together, they make a very pretty and colorful combination.
I know you’re probably rolling your eyes when you read that these Bunny Easter Sugar Cookies are relatively easy cookies to make, but there are tricks of the trade, actually one trick, that make these cookies easier to make than they seem. That easy trick is in the form of royal icing transfers.
If you aren’t familiar with royal icing transfers, all it refers to is piping royal icing over waxed paper. Once the royal icing completely dries (around 24 hours), you can peel it off the paper. And you have a hard, sugar shape to place on your cookies. For these Bunny Easter Sugar Cookies, I used a royal icing transfer to make the bunny silhouettes.
For more examples of royal icing transfers, you can see them here in this set of Back to School Sugar Cookies where I used royal icing transfers for the eye glasses. And this set of St. Patrick’s Day Sugar Cookies uses royal icing transfers to make the shimmery shamrocks and pots of gold. It’s one of the best ways to make standard sized, detail oriented designs for any set of sugar cookies.
And the roses on these Bunny Easter Sugar Cookies are also royal icing transfers. One of my all-time favorite cookie artists, The Sweet Adventures of Sugar Belle, has an excellent tutorial for these easy royal icing roses, here.
The rest of the cookies are beyond simple to create. All I did was flood the cookies with a fluid royal icing. And those polka dots are simply royal icing piped over already-wet royal icing backgrounds. That wet-on-wet technique creates the simple dot pattern on some of these Bunny Easter Sugar Cookies.
- For the Sugar Cookies:
- 1 cup, unsalted butter, softened
- 1½ cups confectioners’ sugar
- 1 large egg at room temperature
- 1 tbs good quality vanilla extract
- 2½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt
- For the Royal Icing:
- 5 tbs meringue powder
- ¾ cups water
- 1 tbs good quality vanilla extract
- Food Color:
- I use AmeriColor Food gels in the following colors:
- Deep Pink
- Sky Blue
- Lemon Yellow
- Chocolate Brown
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, sift the all-purpose flour and salt. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar.
- Once fluffy, add the egg and vanilla. Mix until just combined.
- Add the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined.
- Place the dough in a bowl, and allow it to rest for about 15 minutes. Do NOT refrigerate this dough. The cookies must be rolled out and baked right after the dough is made.
- Line sheet pans with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
- Lightly flour a work surface and roll the dough out to about ¼ inch thickness. Cut out desired shapes and bake for about 7 to 8 minutes. If you’d like soft cookies, make sure that the cookies do not brown.
- Once the cookies are baked, allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for about 5 minutes. Then transfer the cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely.
- In the bowl of a mixer place the meringue powder and water. Whisk by hand for a few minutes until the powder is dissolved and the mixture bubbles.
- Add the vanilla and hand whisk for an additional minute.
- Place the bowl in the mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.
- Add all the confectioners’ sugar at once.
- Mix on medium speed for about 5 to 7 minutes. You know the mixture is ready when it’s white, fluffy, and stiff enough to hold peaks.
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