These adorable bunnies inside of carrots are perfect for any spring occasion… especially Easter! The fuzzy bunny fur and wrinkly carrots give these cookies a rustic style that I just love. In this post, I will show you step by step exactaly how I pulled this look off.
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I love to use different textures when I decorate cookies with royal icing. These carrot bunnies are a true example of that. I found the adorable bunny cookie cutter and matching carrot cookie cutter from JHCookieCo. You can find them, here.
Before I go into details about this design, check out the video of how I decorated the cookies.
Before you can decorate your cookies you will need to get everything baked, mixed, and ready!
I used my go-to cookie recipe, found here, for the carrot bunnies.
Next, rolled my dough to 1/4″ thickness using my Joseph Joseph Adjustable Rolling Pin.
Then I cut out my cookies and placed them into the freezer (to ensure the perfect shape) for about 15 minutes while the oven preheated.
First up, make your royal icing. Here is my recipe for my favorite icing.
For all of the sections I pipe and fill, I use the same bag or icing. So, it’s all the same consistency. I like to work with something between piping and flooding consistency. It’s ready when I have to shake or tap the bowl for the icing to smooth out. I outline and immediately fill my sections.
You will need icing mixed in the following colors and consistencies. I use a spray bottle filled with water to help add little bits at a time and reach the right consistency.
- lighter orange in between flood and piping consistency.
- darker orange slightly thicker than the lighter orange.
- green in between flood and piping consistency.
- white in between flood and piping consistency.
- gray in between flood and piping consistency.
- pale pink mixed to the same consistency as the gray and white colors.
- black mixed a bit thicker than the others. You want it to hold it’s shape but not be too stiff.
I use tipless bags, you can find here, and fill each with the mixed colors.
First up, take your pale pink icing and a small flat paintbrush and paint your inner ears of your bunny pink. This method allows you to apply a thin even layer. Once your inner ears are done set the cookies aside and allow the icing to crust before moving on to the next step.
Now add your gray (or white depending on what color bunny you’re making) outer ear and the first half of the green leaf. Allow the green to crust over and then add the second half of the leaf. Let the second part of the leaf crust over before moving on to the next step.
Outline and fill your carrot with your lighter orange icing and allow it to crust over before moving on to the next step.
Now use your gray or white icing and fill in all the sections of the bunny. As soon as you finish filling in the bunny move on to the next step.
While your bunny is still wet, add your paw prints on the bottom feet of the bunny. I made hearts and added 3 dots above them. Use your scribe to help smooth and shape them.
Allow your cookies to completely dry before moving on to the next step. If possible, wait until the next day.
You are ready to add your textures to your cookie. First is the bunny’s fuzzy fur. You will need paintbrushes and the same icing you used to flood the bunny for this step.
Dip your paintbrush into the icing and blot it over the cookie’s icing surface. Just keep blotting it until you like the look. When you get to the pink paw prints on the feet just blot the fur around them.
Next up, you will add the texture to the carrot. I wanted it to resemble the wrinkled lined skin on a carrot. You will need a flat paintbrush and the thicker darker orange icing.
Starting on one side of the carrot sweep the orange icing across the carrot towards the center horizontally. Then repeat this process on the other side of the carrot.
The last step is adding eyes and a nose to your bunny. Two little black dots for the eyes and a small heart nose is all it takes.
Let the cookies dry, and you’re done!
So cute, right?
And, don’t forget about the super cute carrot hearts that go with the bunnies perfectly. (I think the cutters would make cute strawberries, too!)
Happy Decorating, and Happy Easter! xoxo, Katie