Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Slice N Bake Easter Bunny Cookies

After seeing the Pillsbury ready-to-bake cookies, I was determined to create my own. It's no easy task but after multiple attempts, I've finally got it! Due to the amount of work attached to producing these cookies, they will be a limited edition. If you got a cookie, then I must like you a lot.

First attempt was an embarrassment...Instead of a bunny image, the ears were squashed and they looked like little piglets instead. I had no choice but to eat them all by myself...life's tough!

I kept my second batch of dough as cold as possible. If the butter started melting from my hands I would put it back into the fridge to chill. After a 3 hour session of watching The Mentalist in between runs to the fridge, I had a nice log of cookie dough.This time the ears were perfect, but only they ended up on the side of the cheek. I wanted to cry.

I didn't have to remake the whole thing thank god. I sliced it open and re-pieced it together the correct way. Don't think I would have tried it a third time if that didn't work. It's honestly one of those things where I can say I've done it and never doing it again. Ever!

The cookies were amazing. Fantastic recipe from Smitten Kitchen. The secret must be in the icing sugar because Thierry's Almond Sable cookies also call for icing sugar and the cookies come out nice and crispy.

(slightly adapted from Smitten's Kitchen)

2 Sticks salted butter
2/3 cups icing sugar
2 egg yolks
2 1/2 cups flour

Cream together butter and icing sugar. Add egg yolks and mix well. Add flour and mix until dough forms.

Then it's a matter of forming the bunny cookie. If you don't have patience, skip this step and proceed to rolling the dough into a log and refrigerate.

Divide the dough into 3rd's. Divide one of those thirds into half and add one of the halves onto another third. you should have 3 unequal portions: sm, med, lg.

dye the small one purple, med one pink, and leave the lg in it's original colour.

I can't help you much from this point on because it's going to be a game of trial and error. What you wanna do is roll out a bunch of logs and shape them into the bunny's eyes, nose, mouth, and ears. Then you gotta stack them together and wrap it in the lg piece of dough to form a log. The tricky part is making sure everything is in the right proportion and nothing gets squashed. Good luck and don't get discouraged if it doesn't work out!

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