Adorable and simple Easter Bunny Cookies, and carrot cookies to go with them! Easy Easter cookies perfect for all of your spring and Easter celebrations.
Easter is just a few weeks away, and we are pretty excited at our house. It’s one of our favorite holidays for many reasons, and we have a lot of traditions and celebrations. This weekend we got a head start and made Easter sugar cookies, and we had such a fun time! You will love these simple and darling Easter bunny cookie ideas, and they’re easy enough for kids to do the decorating!
Make these darling cookies for Easter
Aren’t they adorable? This is such an easy way to decorate Easter cookies, and so fun to make with kids. If you want Easter sugar cookies without rolling out the dough, give these a try! Package them up and take to friends or neighbors, bring to a spring party, or bake them for your Easter menu.
And they are SO SO easy! In fact, I have easy three options for you, depending on which level of easy you need.
Because there are always those times one of your kids lets you know at 10pm that they need a treat the next morning! Or it’s just been one of those days (or weeks) and you want something cute but don’t have a ton of time. This is that cookie!
- Time: 5 minutes Sometimes all you have is a few minutes, and you can turn plain, store-bought frosted cookies into these super cute bunny cookies!
- Time: 15-25 minutes Use a sugar cookie mix, like the one from Betty Crocker to make a batch of sugar cookies. Whip up a batch of homemade frosting (or canned frosting if you need to), add the M&Ms, and you’re set!
- Time: 25 minutes-40 minutes Bake a batch of drop sugar cookies with homemade frosting, recipe below. This is a crunchier cookie, with soft inside, and just 4 ingredients–no chilling required! You are going to LOVE how quick and easy they are!
You can always make your own favorite drop sugar cookies instead.
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Ingredients for Easter Bunny Sugar Cookies
Most of these ingredients are basic pantry items you probably have on hand. The only items I needed to grab from the store were Easter M&Ms and food safe markers. I try to have these on hand, but I was out!
If you’re using Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix or store bought cookies, you’ll need:
- Shredded coconut
- Easter M&Ms, plain
- Food safe black marker
- Powdered sugar
- Milk or half & half
- Vanilla extract
If you’re making drop sugar cookies, in addition to the items above, you’ll need:
- Granulated Sugar
To make cute carrots on some of your cookies, you’ll also need:
- Orange and green M&Ms
How to Make Easter Bunny Cookies
Make the cookies
For store bought cookies, you can skip to the frosting section! Or if you’re making a sugar cookie mix, follow the package directions and let cookies cool completely. You can also skip to the frosting directions.
Start with a large bowl and hand mixer, or your KitchenAid with paddle attachment. Cream together butter and sugar, then add vanilla and mix well. Mix in in the flour until well combined.
You’ll need two cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls, and place about 2 inches apart on the cookie sheets. Use the bottom of a glass to flatten the cookies.
Bake the cookies in a 325 degree oven for about 13-15 minutes, or until lightly golden brown on the bottoms. You’ll need to let them cool…they will be fragile right out of the oven, but once they’re cool you’ll be able to pick them up.
Make the Frosting
I’m going to try and convince you to make homemade frosting! If you absolutely have to use canned frosting, of course that will work. But taking just 5 minutes to make your own is absolutely worth it. If you have any leftover frosting, try putting it between two graham crackers…your kids will love it!
In a medium bowl with hand mixer (or KitchenAid with paddle attachment), beat the butter for about a minute until creamy. Gradually add the powdered sugar, making sure there are no lumps. Add a tablespoon of cream and start beating on low speed, then add the vanilla extract (or almond) and dash of salt. You can add a bit more cream if needed, until it’s a frosting consistency. Beat until smooth and fluffy.
Divide out the M&Ms into colors. This is a great job for kids! You’ll need 3 M&Ms per bunny, and 9 per cookie, if you make them like I did.
With a food safe black marker, color three dots on the non “M” side of one of the candies. Place it down on the cookie. Take two more candies and turn them on their sides, angling them out a bit, to make ears. Repeat for the other bunnies.
To make cute candy carrots (bunnies love carrots, right?!), you’ll need 6 orange M&Ms and 2 green M&Ms. Take the orange candies, turn them on their sides, and make three pyramid rows–3, then 2, then 1. Place the green candies at the top, angled a bit.
There you have it! SO easy and fun–perfect for an afternoon with your kids or grandkids.
Easter Bunny Cookies
- Start with a large bowl and hand mixer, or your KitchenAid with paddle attachment. Cream together butter and sugar, then add vanilla and mix well. Mix in in the flour until well combined.
- Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls, and place about 2 inches apart on the cookie sheets. Use the bottom of a glass to flatten the cookies.
- Bake the cookies at 325 degrees for about 13-15 minutes, or until lightly golden brown on the bottoms. You'll need to let them cool…they will be fragile right out of the oven, but once they're cool you'll be able to pick them up.
- In a medium bowl with hand mixer (or KitchenAid with paddle attachment), beat the butter for about a minute until creamy.
- Gradually add the powdered sugar, making sure there are no lumps.
- Add a tablespoon of cream and start beating on low speed, then add the vanilla extract (or almond) and dash of salt.
- You can add a bit more cream if needed, until it's a frosting consistency. Beat until smooth and fluffy.