These shortbread Easter Bunny Cookies are nice and easy for children to make. They will enjoy playing with the dough to form the bunnies and as long as you do all the baking bits yourself, the end result is so super cute that you could gift them for Easter instead of chocolate.
My seven year old son actually made these by himself and they turned out so cute! I was inspired by this post I found on Pinterest for Easter Bunny Cookies.
How to make:
Make your cookie dough
You can use your favorite recipe to make shortbread cookie dough, roll it into balls and refrigerate it for at least 20 minutes.
Make the bunnies
I prepared some shortbread cookie dough and divided it between my children.
I then showed them how to form the bunnies as follows:
- Break off a piece of dough and rolling it between your hands to form a ball.
- Slightly pinch the back to form a tail.
- Pinch of two separate tiny elongated pieces and attach it to the opposite end for the ears.
- Smooth the ears, tail and body with your fingers just like with play dough.
- As a finishing touch take a toothpick and mark a little mouth and eyes OR use 3 edible metallic balls for the eyes and nose.
I chose to keep it plain and not use icing or the ears as on the original recipe so as to make it easy enough for my children to do this activity on their own.
Alexandra is four and she found it a bit difficult to shape the bunnies so she used her own baking set and merrily made some glitter encrusted star and butterfly shaped cookies for us instead.
The nice thing about this baking activity is that it kept the children occupied for a whole afternoon and my only involvement was handling the oven and preparing their baking trays. Winner!