Friday, April 10, 2009

Bunny Cookies Hatching Everywhere!

Edited to add:  I've had some questions about the quantity for a cake.  The author says she makes two batches when she wants to cover a cake.  Unless yours is a single layer, I recommend doing that.  It's so easy it wouldn't take much extra time.  Also, Gillian's bunny is the first addition of pink gel color,  I just kept adding more white instead of more color to make the pinks, making lighter bunnies.  Hope that helps.

A super quick post today...lots to do and no time to get it done. The story of my life. We're getting ready to gut and remodel our laundry room ourselves...so if my posting suffers, I apologize in advance. I'll post before (YIKES!) and after pictures though.

On to the bunnies. Apologies for the background...I just grabbed the last tiny bit of Easter grass I had left to keep the overhead lights from blinding you....missed a spot as it got pretty thin.

These aren't paper and ink bunnies...they're sugar cookies covered with my very first attempt at fondant. Oh my goodness...so easy and soooo much fun. Kinda like playing with Play-doh. I found a Mini-Marshmallow Fondant that's super easy and inexpensive. I had read and heard that fondant very often doesn't taste good and can be tricky to make but since this is made with mini-marshmallows, it's yummy, took almost no time at all and can be made several days in advance. What's not to love about that? Just be sure to roll it thin as it is sweet. One thing I found is, that depending on the humidity, you may not need all the confectioner's sugar called for in the recipe. You'll end up with a too dry product that will tear. Start with 3/4 of the 2 lb. bag the recipe calls for and only add more if it feels too sticky.

I used Royal Icing made with meringue powder to decorate. Kids and adults alike LOVE to see their names on anything and cookies are no exception. The cookie cutters are Martha Stewart's Hatching Bunny that I found years ago and just love. I think you may still be able find it on ebay or other online sites but the prices have gone way up.

The fondant is rolled out and cut with the same cookie cutter so it makes you look like a pro. I made about 18 of these guys...they pretty big, 8" x 5" so there's cookie enough to share.

Give it a try and link your creations here....this fondant can be used on cakes as well. The recipe instructions are clear and give lots of good tips.

Happy Easter, Happy Baking and Happy Stamping!

Blessings,
Charlene

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