Thursday, April 5, 2012

Happy Easter, bunnies!

aaaand, the obsession with double-decker cookies continues....
How do you say Happy Easter?  Dots, bunnies, sparkling sugar?

Yep.  That should do it.

You've heard of the "double-decker" cookie, right?  Two cookies, but only the guilt of eating one.  It's part of my new diet plan.

{You know, I thought the pink would be my favorite, but I actually ended up loving the yellow.}

Let me show you how to make them...
 
For the double-decker bunny cookies, you'll need:
  • sugar cookies (pick any flavor cut-out here) in scalloped ovals and tiny bunny faces
  • royal icing, divided and tinted with AmeriColor Lemon Yellow, Electric Pink, Regal Purple, Bright White, and Super Black
  • couplers and tips: #3, #1
  • disposable icing bags
  • squeeze bottles
  • toothpicks
  • small paintbrush
  • small ramekins
  • meringue powder
  • basket-style coffee filter
  • sparking or sanding sugar: yellow, pink and purple
Use a #3 tip to outline the ovals and bunnies.  Reserve some of this piping consistency royal icing.

{PS...I'm officially obsessed with this scalloped oval.  PPS...anyone else watch Fashion Police?  Now I can't say "I'm obsessed" with something without thinking of Kelly Osbourne.}

Thin the yellow, pink, purple and white icings with water, a bit at a time, stirring with a silicone spatula, until it is the consistency of a thick syrup.  You'll want to drop a "ribbon" of icing back into the bowl and have it disappear in a count of "one thousand one, one thousand two." Four is too thick, one is too thin.  Count of 2-3 is good.  Cover with a damp dishcloth and let sit for several minutes.

Stir gently with a silicone spatula to pop and large air bubbles that have formed.  Pour into squeeze bottles as needed.

Working a few cookies at a time, fill (flood) the ovals with white icing.  Use a toothpick to guide to edges.

On top of the wet white icing, drop dots of the thinned colored icing, starting with the first cookie filled.  (Giving the base color a few minutes to set will help prevent bleeding.)

Fill in the bunny faces.  Let the cookies dry uncovered 6-8 hours or overnight.

The next day,  mix 1/2 teaspoon meringue powder with 1/2 teaspoon water.  Brush this mixture onto the bunny faces.  Sprinkle on the sugar, shaking the excess off over a coffee filter.  Use the filter as a funnel to pour back into the jars. {psst...can you see where I overfilled one?}

Use a #1 tip to pipe eyes on the bunny faces in black.  Add a nose in an alternating color.

Pipe a small amount of icing onto the back of the bunny cookies.  Place on the ovals and press down slightly to adhere.  Let the cookies dry for at least 30 minutes before packaging and stacking.


What are you baking this Easter?

68 comments:

  1. OMG they're so cute!! Happy Easter

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  2. Oh my goodness. These are super adorable! I love your new diet plan on double-decker cookies! And I love that yellow one the most too. These are too cute.

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  3. I thin I might die from how cute these are! Except then I wouldn't be able to make them... Ahh how I love Easter treats!

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  4. Come on!! I wish I had time to prepare everything you are posting these days! They look so lovely!

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  5. So cute and lovely! No Easter cookies for me - I couldn't resist making Game of Thrones treats this week for the premiere! These make me want to make some cute things though :)

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  6. These are absolutely adorable! LOVE these cookies!

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  7. I am beside myself with how cute these are Bridget! Adorable. And you just save the oops ones for me okay? ;)

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  8. You are my hero. Genius. Just Genius! Your site is one of my favorites! Every creation is so beautiful! (I made the birthday cake Oreo brownies 2 times so far and man, are they heaven!) Can't wait to see what you create next!

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  9. Those glitter bunnies are precious!

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  10. Adorable! I really love these, and what a great diet plan;p

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  11. Wow! So cute! How'd you get that pretty blue? Love, love, LOVE what you do!

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    1. Liz...it's actually purple. It does read a little blue on the screen, though.

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  12. Adorable cookies as usual! Love the double deckers. Just curious - is there a reason to apply the sprinkles with water/meringue instead of directly onto the icing?

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    1. Hi Leah...

      I think sometimes when you apply sugars and sprinkles to wet icing, the icing can get "dented" looking. Also, applying it on dry icing just cuts down on the mess. BUT, if it is easier, by all means, apply it on the wet icing. Do what works for you. :)

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  13. These are just beautiful! The pink ones are perfect! :o)

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  14. I love any cookie with dots!! They are great. You are so talented!!

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  15. awww these are so, so cute!! You have some of the greatest ideas !! Cute! Cute! Thanks for sharing!!

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  16. These are sweet Bridget. I love the scalloped oval too, I love any cookie cutter that has a scalloped edge :) All the best to you and your family for a wonderful and blessed Easter.

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  17. These are the cutest cookies!! Love them!

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  18. I could never make these, but love looking at them. Maybe in my next life!

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  19. I am in love with these cookies.My favorite are the yellow bunnies. I always have the same problem with purple cookies looking blue in the pictures. Happy Easter Bridget.

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  20. They're sooooo cute!! I love them!

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  21. I was thinking the other day how I haven't made any cookies in a while........you always make me want to make cookies! these are adorable!

    Happy Easter Bridget!

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  22. Great cookies! Where did you find the scalloped ovals and tiny bunny face cookie cutters?

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  23. "The guilt of eating only one?!" Love 'em Bridget. These cookies are fabulous + such a great idea. Happy Easter to you & your family :)

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  24. Seriously can't take the CUTENESS!
    Bridget!
    Can you hear me way up here in the Northwest!!!
    OMGeeee~Zeeeee~Beeee~Zeeee!!!!
    How cute are these!
    LOVE the colors!
    {PINK is my fave!}
    LOVE the chunky~crunchy sprinkles!
    LOVE LOVE LOVE the magic of double decker cookies!
    Only thing I don't love about these adorable cookies is that I wasn't in your kitchen when you made them!
    These bun~bunny cookies are the happiest~
    most loveliest~
    most perfect~
    most delectable~
    most cheery~
    most magical cookies ever!
    Hugs from Bainbridge and lots of LOVE for Easter!
    xoxoxoxoox

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  25. Oh my Bridget... you had me at single cookies. ;)
    Thanks for inspiring me to dig through my 200+ cookie cutters, because I KNOW I have a bunny in there somewhere... hmmm? :) Off to make some dough for little bunny foo foos! Have a blessed Easter!

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  26. love these, they're so perfectly adorable!

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  27. I can't pick a favorite color, they're all so cute! The polka dots are awesome! I'd have been happy with just that much :)

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  28. That you so much for your great site. I recently tried out royal icing and decorating rolled cookies for the first time. Your recipes and tip were really helpful. Question about the sugar. I just sprinkled the sugar onto the wet flood icing. It seemed to turn out ok. What is the benefit to the sugaring method in this post? Thanks! Again, great site. So helpful and cute!!! Happy Easter.

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    1. Hey Donna!

      read up further in the comments...someone had the same question. :)

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  29. These are PERFECT!!! Love the sparkle, love the double deckerness...is that a word? Regardless, these are the cutest Easter cookies I've seen!!

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  30. Bridget these are just adorable!! Happy Easter Friend!

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  31. I am constantly amazed at your adorable recipes and your baking skills - this post is no exception! Your bunnies and eggs are very pretty and you make all that hard work look easy!

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  32. Oh my gosh Bridget!!! Every time you take it to another level of cuteness! Just precious.

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  33. I am baking English Toffee. It is a recipe that used to be made at Saks Fifth Avenue that I got from an old boy friend's mom. Score.

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  34. Seriously Bridget, These are so darn CUTE, I can hardly stand to look at them! DOUBLE-DECKER DARLING!

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  35. Bridget, these are so amazingly adorable, I am going to have to try these. You make the best cookies! I have altered my royal icing recipe to yours and I am loving the result!

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  36. Bridget, that are ridiculously cute! LOVE the 3-D effect!

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  37. omg, I've been so drawn in by these, I'm neglecting my morning! These are so cute!!! Now I have to make decisions on which Easter goodness to make. I was going to make decorated sugar eggs, but now I'm thinking maybe these. We'll also make a bunny cake :) thx!!

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  38. I love these cookies! I am new to decorating and will learn so much from your site. Here was my first try at easter basket cookies. Just made another batch today!
    http://www.abakershouse.com/2012/03/easter-basket-cookies.html

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  39. I think these stacked cookies have to be my favorites!!! I am in love with them!

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  40. Love the polka dots on the base cookies and the peep style bunnies are so cute.

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  41. You should make "DIsney's TAngled" cookies. 1st off: cuz its the best disney movie ever and 2nd: Im sure youd make them super cool

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  42. I'm all about the double decker cookies! I do them quite often, but they don't look as lovely as yours. The bunnies are SUPER cute! Happy Easter!

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  44. OMG ! i'm in love with those bunnies !

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  45. I'm LOVING all of your double-decker cookies! These are so sweet!

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  46. Love the double-decker cookie idea. These are dang adorable!

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  47. These are absolutely precious. What a talented lady you are!

    Have a blessed Easter...

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  48. These beautiful cookies definetly say Hoppy Easter! I like your 'plan' and your step by step photos. You make me want to decorate cookies! For Easter, I baked Coconut Macaroon Nutella Nests:)

    Jessie Lynn

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  49. Bridget, I'm in loooove with these! Love, love, love... they're so adorable! Happy Easter! xo

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  50. Adorable! It's amazing what beauty you can create with two simple cookies! Thanks for sharing!

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  51. Hi Bridget—

    Happy Belated Easter! I’ve tried several times to outline a scalloped cookie and it just doesn’t look as neat and clean as your cookies. Would you consider doing a video tutorial sometime on scallop outlining? Thanks much for your detailed instructions about cookie decorating. Thanks too for the inspiration. Joan

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  52. Heidi b_thurston@sbcglobal.netApril 10, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    So sweet. Love the polka dots. I too would like to see how you outline the scallops!

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  53. Hi there! I am huge fan of your site. This might be a crazy question but where did you get the bunny mini cutter and the heart mini cutter for your double decker cookies. I am going through a mini kick right now and love your idea on the double stack! Thanks for any help on this one.

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    1. Hi LV! Honestly, I'm not sure. I've been collecting cutter for years and I've had both of those for ages. I'm sorry!

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  54. I'm late on checking in with you so I missed these darling cookies! Girl, I'm glad I'm not the only one who overfloods cookies...I did it again this morning and I KNOW BETTER! I pinned a photo from this post, so I'll remember to make these next year...and buy both cutters before then, too.

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  55. These look so pretty that they look almost too good to eat. Wow! What an awesome recipe. Not to hard, with a good looking outcome... I'm so there.

    Thank you SO MUCH for posting this. You're talking Easter for these double-deckers, but I can see serving these delightful treats for a baby shower, easy!

    I have GOT to follow you on Google+. Must run...
    Gotta get over there to set it up!

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  56. These are some of the most precious cookies that I've ever soon! I love all of your creativity!

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  57. How absolutely ADORABLE these are!! I love the double decker cookie idea. the more cookie, the better!

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