Chocolate Easter Bunny Cookies

I have never really been a cake, pie, or brownie person. But, cookies . . .

In fact, I could easily confess that I might have (in-part) chosen college based upon the cookie trays presented to students-to-be at Open House. The education I received 4-years later was just a bonus.

A decade later, I still love cookies, but now they give me two doses of pleasure:

  1. They are just so yummy!
  2. I love baking cookies for my boys. Their little cheers of joy make me feel like a classic storybook mother – you know – the one who always has hot, homemade cookies and kind words ready for their children come 4 o’clock (most days by 4 o’clock, I’m ready for a nap and my words often contain hints of frustration!).

These soft Chocolate Bunny Cookies were no exception. The screeches of joy and approval didn’t just make me feel like that storybook mother; I felt like Mother of the Year.

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Chocolate Bunny CookiesChocolate Easter Bunny Cookies (source: Annie’s Eats)

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 6 TBSP unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 fresh egg
  • 1/2 TSP vanilla extract
  • 1 ounce of white chocolate
  • 1 ounce of milk chocolate
  • red food dye

Directions:

1. Beat the sugar and butter together until the mixture is light and fluffy. Stir in the egg and vanilla extract.

2. Sift the salt, flour, and cocoa powder over the butter mixture. Mix it well.

3. Form the dough into a disc and wrap it in plastic wrap. Refrigerate the dough for 1-2 hours (or, if you are feeling a little impatient, stick it in the freezer for 15 minutes as I did!).

4. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface. Use a bunny cookie cutter (also available at craft stores) to cut out the cookies. Place them on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake the cookies for 5 minutes at 325 degrees. Cool the cookies on a rack.

chocolate bunny cookie dough5. While the cookies are cooling, melt the white chocolate in a mug in the microwave. Drop the white chocolate onto each bunny (for eyes). When every bunny has eyes, stir a drop of red food dye into the white chocolate (for noses). Give each bunny a nose. Melt a little bit of milk chocolate and drop a tiny bit into the eyes (for pupils).

Chocolate bunny cookies on plate6. Eat and enjoy. These cookies didn’t even last 24 hours in our house, but I plan on baking a second round for company next weekend.

Do you decorate cookies for Easter? What kind?

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