Easter Bunny Rolls are such a cute tradition! My kids remember these bunny shaped rolls and ask me to make them every year. This year, I’m taking the easy route and using frozen dinner rolls for the dough. Of course a homemade from-scratch roll dough works, too. The directions for how to make bunny-shaped Easter bread rolls will be the same for any dough.
I started with frozen bread roll dough – the kind that comes in a bag, with the dough frozen in ball (roll) shapes. Each bunny roll will take two balls of dough.
Directions for How to Make Easter Bunny Rolls:
1. Starting with frozen roll dough, place each ball of dough on a lined baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap. Be sure to coat the plastic wrap with Nonstick Cooking Spray so it doesn’t stick to the dough. Allow frozen dough to thaw for about 1.5 hours. You need the dough to be thawed enough to cut and shape into bunny heads.
2. For each bunny roll, you will need two balls of roll dough. Create the Ears: Use a knife or kitchen shears to cut one of the balls of roll dough in half. These two pieces of dough will become the ears.
3. Press to attach the bottom portion of each piece of bunny “ear” dough to the round ball of roll dough (the round ball is the bunny’s head.) You’ll position one ear on each side of the bunny’s head, near the top of the head so they point up like bunny ears.
4. Use your fingers to pinch and shape the tips of the bunny ears so they will look pointy at the top end. Pull the dough to stretch it out just a little bit, if you want the ears to be longer. You may need to pinch and shape the dough where it attaches to the bunny’s head. By this point, the thawed dough should be sticky enough for the ears to stay attached to the head. Repeat steps 2-4 for each Easter bunny roll you want to make.
4. Re-cover the bunny rolls with sprayed plastic wrap and allow them to finish rising until almost doubled in size. Be sure to leave plenty of space in between each roll because the dough will double in size as it rises.
5. Bake bunny rolls according to package/recipe directions. I like to brush my rolls with melted butter before baking so they come out a golden brown, yum!
What are your favorite Easter recipes? Let me know if you make Easter Bunny Rolls this year.