Bunny Cookie Cupcakes

Photo: Mark Thomas; Styling: Karen Tack

Make a batch of bunny-shaped cookies and use them to decorate the tops of store-bought cupcakes for a festive Easter dessert.

Yield: Makes 24
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Ingredients

  • 1 16.5-oz. roll refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons egg-white powder (such as Just Whites)
  • Red and green food coloring
  • 1/2 cup each light and dark pink decorating sugars
  • Large flower décors
  • 2 cups chopped sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 16-oz. can vanilla frosting
  • 24 cupcakes, any flavor

Preparation

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. 2. Knead dough and flour together until smooth. Roll out to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out bunny shapes using a 3-inch cookie cutter. Transfer to baking sheets, spacing 2 inches apart. Reroll scraps; continue cutting to get 24 bunnies.
  3. 3. Bake cookies, rotating sheets halfway through, until golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Make cookie frosting: Stir confectioners' sugar, egg-white powder and 3 Tbsp. warm water until smooth. (If frosting is too thick, stir in more water, 1 tsp. at a time.) Spoon 2 Tbsp. frosting into a ziplock bag. Tint remaining frosting light pink with a drop of red food coloring. Keep frosting covered to prevent drying.
  4. 4. Working on 1 cookie at a time, spread a thin layer of pink frosting on top. Sprinkle top of frosted cookie with light or dark pink decorating sugar to coat, shaking off excess. Snip a small corner from bag with white frosting. Pipe a few dots of white frosting on cookie; attach décors. Repeat with remaining cookies. Allow cookies to dry, 1 hour.
  5. 5. Place chopped coconut in a ziplock bag. Add a few drops of green food coloring; massage to tint coconut evenly. Put coconut in a shallow bowl. Spread vanilla frosting on cupcakes. Roll edges in green coconut. Press a cookie on top of each cupcake.
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