Garlic-herb rolls shaped like Easter bunnies

Heather Barnett

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These bunny-shaped rolls aren't just adorable — they're tasty. (They're also really easy, but we didn't tell you that.)

Easter means entertaining family and friends with a delicious Easter meal prepared with love. These cute little Easter Bunny-shaped rolls basted in herb-garlic butter are a real crowd-pleaser and so easy the kids can even help you do it.

bunny shaped herb-garlic rolls

Garlic-herb rolls shaped like Easter bunnies

Yields 12-16

Ingredients:

  • 1 (16 ounce) box hot roll mix (comes with yeast)
  • Ingredients called for on the dough box
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon quality pizza seasoning with garlic and red pepper flavors
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • Garlic powder (to taste)

Directions:

  1. Prepare the dough according to the package directions. You'll create your bunny shapes just after the rest and before the rise. Preheat the oven as directed on the dough box. Grease a large baking dish.
  2. To create your bunnies, separate the dough into 12 to 16 pieces about the same size. Use a little flour to coat your hands, the work surface and any utensils you're using if the dough becomes sticky.
  3. Create egg-shaped rolls. Use a pair of clean kitchen scissors to cut 2 side-by-side triangles parallel to the work surface from the top of the dough with the point facing the wider part of the egg shape. Use a flour-coated chopstick to fold the point under slightly to prevent it from burning, then continue to use the chopstick to shape the points into ears. The ears should be slightly exaggerated, as the rise will cause everything to swell together. Use the pointy end of the chopstick to poke 2 little eyes into the face. Do this quickly, as the dough will begin rising immediately. That's why it's good (and fun) to have the kids help. Clean safety scissors should work just as well as your kitchen scissors.
  4. Place the bunny rolls into the greased baking dish, cover it, and allow it to rise according to the package directions (usually, about 30 minutes) until they're doubled in size. You can use your floured chopstick to add back any definition you lost, but be careful you don't deflate your rolls.
  5. Bake the rolls according to the package directions until they're golden brown, and allow them to cool slightly.
  6. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan over low heat, melt the stick of butter and add the pizza seasoning and salt. If you'd like more garlic flavor, you can add additional garlic powder at this time, but taste it first, as all pizza seasonings may have a slightly varied amount of garlic flavor.
  7. Brush the rolls with the garlic-herb mixture and serve.

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Easter-colored deviled eggs
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