Easter Bunny Dinner Rolls

Easter Bunny dinner rolls

Okay, I don’t usually bother with baking things like bread or rolls… I’m all about visual bang for your buck, so I typically stick to baking all the pretty stuff.  But this inspires me want to want to bake rolls this Easter!  These aren’t just any dinner rolls, no sirreee, they’re Easter Bunny dinner rolls and they’re going on my Easter to-do list right now.   This recipe was originally published in 1999 in the March/ April issue of Country Woman Magazine.  Photo credit goes to  Taste of Home Magazine who re-published the recipe.

  • package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 3/4 cup warm milk (110° to 115°)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons celery seed
  • 1 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Melted butter

Directions

  1. In a bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add milk, sugar, shortening, egg, celery seed, sage, salt, nutmeg and 2 cups flour; beat until smooth. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic; about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Punch dough down; let rest 10 minutes.
  2. Divide dough into 24 pieces. For each bunny, roll one piece of dough into a 20-in. rope. Cut rope into one 10-in. piece, one 5-in. piece, two 2-in. pieces and one 1-in. piece. Coil 10-in. piece for body; place on a greased baking sheet. Coil 5-in. piece for head; place next to body. Form ears from the 2-in. pieces and tail from the 1-in. piece; add to bunny. Pinch and seal pieces together. Repeat, placing bunnies 2 in. apart on the baking sheet. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 25 minutes.
  3. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Brush with melted butter. Cool on wire racks. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published in Country Woman March/April 1999, p.38

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