Easter Bunny Biscuits

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This is my basic biscuit recipe but at Easter I usually decorate the biscuits differently. If you put them into little cellophane bags they make a great alternative to an Easter Egg as a gift!

Ingredients:

  • 125g of icing sugar- make sure you sift it or the biscuits will be lumpy!
  • Vanilla extract- I usually fill up the lid of the bottle, alternatively a teaspoon should be plenty!
  • Egg Yolk (you can use the whites to make meringue, recipe to follow soon)
  • 250g of softened butter – If the butter is hard it becomes really hard to mix the ingredients.
  • 375g of plain flour- again make sure you sift it!
  • Royal Icing.
  • Food Colouring. Whatever colours you like- personally I think pastel blues, pinks and yellows work best!
  • Bunny shaped character.

Method:

  1. Heat your oven to 200 degrees celsius or gas mark 6.
  2. Grease a baking tray.
  3. Mix the egg, icing sugar and butter altogether.  I find it best to do this in a big bowl with my hands. It’s messy but a lot easier.
  4. Add the vanilla.
  5. Now add the flour.
  6. The mixture should become firmer and be light yellow colour.
  7. Form a large ball with the dough and place onto a flat surface such as an icing board or a clean kitchen surface. Make sure you put some icing sugar down to prevent the dough sticking to you surface!
  8. Roll out the dough and cut with the bunny cutter.
  9. Place the cut biscuits onto the greased baking tray.
  10. Cook the biscuits for about 15-20 minutes. They should be slightly golden in colour but not yet brown.

Decorating:

  1. Pull off a chunk of the icing from the block.
  2. Add a few drops of colouring.
  3. Kneed in the colouring until the icing turns from white into a solid colour. This can take a while but just keep going, it will happen. The more colouring you add the deeper the colour you will make.
  4. Roll the icing out, ideally onto an icing board but a kitchen surface dusted with icing sugar will also do.
  5. Cut the icing with the bunny cuter.
  6. Turn the icing shape over.
  7. Wet your finger a little under the tap.
  8. Brush the wet finger over the icing shape. It should become tacky.
  9. Place the tacky side directly onto the biscuit.
  10. Repeat steps 1 to 3 for different colours.
  11. If you like you can use writing icing to draw on faces.
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