Happy Good Friday, everyone! Unless you don’t celebrate Easter, then just Happy Friday!
Since Easter is just around the corner, I wanted to squeeze final Easter post just in time for Sunday’s festivities. My last, but quite possibly my favorite Easter post of the year are these are bunny ear cookies. What makes these extra cute is that they are meant to sit right on top of your coffee mug to transform your average cup of joe into a festive Easter bunny! Aren’t they adorable? Once again, I can’t take full credit (y’all should know by now I have almost no original ideas). I saw Dominique Ansel (of cronut fame…this isn’t the first time I’ve copied him) post a picture on Instagram of his latest confection creation – a ice cream cup that had very similar cookie bunny ears. Since I won’t be attempting to recreate the cronut anytime soon, I thought I would give these bunny ears a shot!
I used the same technique as I did with these Easter cookies – covering the cookie in fondant, then tinting the centers with pink luster dust.
To get the cookies the right shape, I found a cookie cutter that claimed to be a football. But as you can see its a little flat and uneven. It may make a terrible football, but it was the perfect shape for bunny ears! Once the cookies were rolled out, I cut a small slit in the bottom of the cookie wide enough for to fit around the lip of my coffee mugs. I made the opening even wider because the cookies expand in in the oven, so I wanted to make sure there was enough space left after baking.
I then rolled out the fondant and cut it in the same shape. I “glued” the fondant onto the cookie with just a little bit of water, then brushed on some pink luster dust down the center of the cookie. From the back of the cookie (the cookie side, not the fondant side), I cut out the fondant, following the cut in the cookie. Once that fondant was removed, I smoothed all the edges and my ears were done!
All that was left to do was to find a cup of coffee to stick these on!
I’m kind of obsessed with these even though my husband thinks I am a little crazy. I guess he just doesn’t get it. Where is his sense of whimsy!?
I think these will be my new Easter tradition, especially if we have people over for brunch or there are kids around. Who wouldn’t want some cookie ears with their coffee?
But these ears don’t just have to go on a cup of coffee, it can be a glass of milk or a mug of hot cocoa. I mean, how cute would these be with a generous swirl of whipped cream on top?
I do think that adding a little face to the mug or cup is necessary, though. I used food black food coloring and a toothpick for the eyes and pink food coloring and a paint brush for the nose. You could also use stickers or markers depending on how much you are about your dishes.
Wouldn’t your kids love these cookies? They can even help you make them!
Also, high five to my friend Michelle who helped me come up with the name for this post. I was totally lost on what to call this one, but her idea was perfect!
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- zest of 1/2 lemon
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Fondant in white
- Luster dust in pink
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. About 2 minutes.
- Add in egg and vanilla, then mix in slowly until fully incorporated.
- Slowly mix in flour 1 cup at a time. Mix in lemon zest and salt with the first cup.
- Roll the dough into a large ball and cover with plastic wrap. Chill for at least 30 minutes.
- when ready to bake, preheat oven to 330 degrees.
- Roll dough out to about 1/2 inch thick, or thicker, and cut into desired shape. Cut out a small sliver at the bottom of the cookie wide enough to place the cookie over the lip of a mug or cup. Place on a baking sheet about 1/2 inch apart. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until just barely browned on the edges.
- Let cookies cool. Meanwhile, roll fondant out to about 1/16th of an inch. Cut out the fondant in the same shape as the cookie.
- Brush the back of the fondant with water, then place on top of the cookie. Press down to make sure that the fondant is completely affixed to the cookie.
- Brush the center of the fondant with pink luster dust to create the look of the inside of a bunny's ear.
- Turn cookie over and cut out the fondant where the cookie has been cut. Smooth freshly cut edges.
- Place two cookies on a mug or coffee cup to turn the mug into an Easter Bunny!