Easy Bunny Peeps Sugar Cookies
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Easy Bunny Peeps Sugar Cookies with a hint of vanilla, are topped with a simple sugar icing, purple bunny peeps and decorated with purple sugar.
I just can’t stop starring at these Bunny Peeps Sugar Cookies sprinkled with purple sugar, aren’t they cute? I sent a big batch with my baby to pre-school and I’ve heard that everyone loved them! The kids where huge fans of the bright color and the soft bunny peeps.
I can’t believe the Catholic Easter is at the end of this week! I love all the traditions related to this holiday, the Egg Hunt, the mall bunny, and all the amazing pastel colored desserts, and obviously the peeps, huge, huge fan of them.
Did you know that Catholic Easter and Christian Orthodox Easter are celebrated on different dates? I had no idea, since I moved from Moldova a Christian Orthodox country to US almost a decade ago, I found out that they are celebrated separately. So take this year for example, Catholic Easter is on March 27th while the Christian Orthodox Easter is on May 1st! The more the merrier, two reasons to paint eggs :)!
Ok, so back to the Bunny Peeps Sugar Cookies I started telling you about! These cookies are incredibly easy to make, I used my fool-proof and delicious sugar cookie recipe, topped them with a very simple icing and garnished with purple sugar and purple bunny peeps. These Easy Bunny Peeps Sugar Cookies would make such a nice addition to your Easter Basket, and they are also a fun project to do with kids! A combination of buttery sugar cookie, sweet icing and soft like a cloud marshmallow bunny peep, that is a fabulous combo!
- 3¾ cups all-purpose flour
- ¾ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch of sea salt
- Powdered sugar, for rolling out dough
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
- 3-3.5 tablespoons room temperature water
- pinch of salt
- 23 Bunny Peeps
- Purple Sugar or Sprinkles
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
- Cream the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until light in color, about 1 minute. Add the egg, vanilla extract and heavy cream and beat to combine.
- Put mixer on low speed and gradually add the flour mixture, beat until mixture pulls away from the sides of the bowl. First, add only 3 cups of the flour mixture, and if the mixture is still very soft add the rest of the flour. Make sure to scrape the sides of the bowl as needed using a rubber spatula. Divide the dough in half, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Sprinkle your working surface with a little powdered sugar. Remove one wrapped pack of dough from the refrigerator, sprinkle rolling pin with powdered sugar, and roll out dough to ¼-inch thick. Using a stainless steel square cookie cutter, cut into squares and place at least 1-inch apart on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
- Bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until cookies are just beginning to turn brown around the edges. Rotate cookie sheet halfway through baking time.
- Remove from oven and let cookies sit on the baking sheet for 2-3 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
- The cookies must cool completely before icing.
- Cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, water, corn syrup and salt until combined and without any lumps. If the mixture is too thick (not pourable at all), add ½ tablespoon of water. If the mixture is too thin, add 1 more tablespoon of powdered sugar.
- Test the icing, drizzle a little on parchment paper, if it holds it shape the icing is done, if it starts to melt on the sides right away, the consistency is too thin.
- Pour the icing into a squeezable bottle and have fun decorating. If the icing drips down the sides of the cookies, its ok, as you can remove any excess once the icing is settled.
- Once a cookie is covered in icing, top right away with Bunny Peeps and sprinkle with purple sugar or sprinkles, before the icing settles.
- Leave cookies on the counter for 12-24 hours for the icing to settle completely. Once the icing is set the cookies can be packed, gifted and transported with ease.