Tuesday, April 07, 2009

A Cookie the Easter Bunny Would Love

Awhile ago I was trying to think of a fun Easter cookie, and then it hit me. Carrots! Why not? I'm sure that Mr. E Bunny would love it!

This recipe is delicious-all the kids in my life, both young and old, have loved it. This recipe makes 2 dozen.

1 egg, and 1 egg yolk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup icing sugar
5 tablespoons white sugar
food coloring-either orange gel, paste, or just a mix of yellow/red
Pinch of salt
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
12 mint leaf ju-jubes

Cream together the butter, icing sugar, and white sugar in a large bowl. Add 1 whole egg and 1 egg yolk, along with vanilla and food coloring, and beat well. In a separate bowl whisk the flour and salt together, then add to the butter mixture and beat just until combined. Turn out onto lightly floured counter and roll into a ball shape; wrap in plastic wrap and allow to chill for about 1 hour.

Divide dough in half, keeping the other half chilled and covered in the fridge. Pinching off by Tablespoons, roll and shape until the cookie has a carrot shape, like above. Set on cookie sheet about 1 1/2 inches apart, and put a thumb print in the top so the greenery will have a place to stick.

Bake at 350 F for about 7-10 minutes. When they are completely cooled, mix about 1/2 cup of icing sugar with a teensy bit of water, and stir. Keep doing so until you get a nice thick paste. Put it in a ziplock baggie and snip off one end so voila! You have an icing bag.

Put a dab of icing in the thumbprint. Then press on 1/2 of a candy leaf, non sugary side down. I cut the leaf because otherwise they were too thick. Jake loves the mint flavor of these things!

If you're having a party, serve them with a bunny basket for good measure.

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