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Easter Bunnies: The Perfect Decorated Sugar Cookie Recipe


A long, long time ago there were two crazy girls who believed in dreams. The girls were determined, like their classmates, to take a senior trip from Seattle to Washington D.C. – unlike the classes before them who had all gone to Disneyland. So they washed cars and sold decorated cookies for four years to make their dream happen.

Deanna, the cake decorator’s daughter, hand decorated hundreds of cookies and Margaret provided the sugar cookie recipe and used her personality plus to make sure every cookie sold. That, and she had the idea of baking quarters into some of the cookies to support teenage gambling and choking hazards.

Here is their magical combination of sugar cookies and frosting art to help you celebrate this Easter. We no longer recommend baking quarters inside… no matter how much you clean them first.

Cream together:

  • 2/3 c. shortening
  • 3/4 c. sugar

Add & beat together well:

  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 T. milk
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 c. flour

Refrigerate dough for about 1 hour. Meet our family tradition – Mr. Dough Boy. He looks more evil than usual today.

Preheat oven at 350 degrees.

Roll out and use cookie cutters.

Create your favorite shapes.

Bake 6-8 minutes.

Allow bunnies to cool completely on a rack.

While bunnies cool, set aside a bowl of grated, sweetened coconut.

Mix together about 5 cups of powdered sugar with a few teaspoons of water at a time until it becomes a smooth, easy to spread (but not too runny) consistency. In a small bowl, mix about a cup of frosting with a very small amount of pink food coloring.

Pick out  & set aside the pink candies out of the Hershey’s candy-coated chocolate eggs and the light blue & light green m&m’s from the Easter colored plain m&m’s.

Ice one Easter Bunny with white frosting.

Place pink frosting into a decorating bag with a larger, circular tip (or just cut the end of the bag). Draw inside of ears in pink by starting at the top & letting up on the pressure as you work your way down to the bottom of the ears.

Add the pink nose and matching eyes (green or blue). Oh the cuteness is showing already.

Cover bunny gently with lots of coconut. Make sure not to fully cover the pink ears, nose and eyes. Also, carefully shake extra coconut off the bunny.

Super-cutie Easter Bunnies for your gathering. We can only hope they will multiply.

What happened to the girls who were dreamers? Well, the school’s only bus broke down the year before their senior trip so their class paid half of the cost of a new bus and they went to Disneyland the following year. They are very happy that no one ever choked on a quarter and they are still dreamers.

© Deanna Morauski 2009-2017