With Easter on its way, it hard not to get excited about the near ending of lent, Easter egg hunts, chocolate and of course some family time due to the long weekend. I like me some chocolates and like making things that are somewhat themed, and that’s the inspiration behind these chocolate bunny cookies. This recipe is super simple and easy and if you’re not Picasso with that Royal icing, I’ve got some simple designs to help make your cookies look extra cute.
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg white
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- +/- 250g icing sugar
- Food coloring
- Mix the butter and sugar in bowl on medium speed with a hand-mixer for about 2 minutes (until light, fluffy and combined)
- On a high speed, add the vanilla essence and egg for no longer than 30 seconds.
- In a separate bowl manually whisk together all your dry ingredients (all purpose flower, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder)
- On a low speed mix the first bowl with wet ingredients with your dry ingredients up until properly combined (the dough will be somewhat crumbly – make sure that your dough however is a darker color than when you initially combined the ingredients.)
- Divide the dough into two parts and wrap tightly with cling wrap, store in the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours
- Heat up the oven to 160 degrees Celsius, let the dough sit outside for about 10 minutes before rolling.
- Line your baking trays with wax paper or parchment sheets.
- Once done rolling, get your cookie cutters out and cut out the bunnies (or any other preferred shape)
- Allow the cookies to bake for 10 minutes. (if you want a more chewy texture bake for 8 minutes, if you want a more crisper cookie bake for about 12-13 minutes)
- On a low speed, whisk the egg white till bubbly and white and then add the lemon juice
- Still on a low speed, add the icing sugar little by little up until you get the desired texture.
- Separate the royal icing into different bowls and add food color. Be creative and decorate these yummy cookies.
Recipe modified from CarolineBakesBlog and HouseOfNashEats