Easter Bunny Bread Recipe
- 2 loaves (1 pound each) frozen bread dough, thawed
- 2 raisins
- 2 sliced almonds
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- Dip of your choice
- 1. Cut a fourth off of one loaf of dough; shape into a pear to form head. For body, flatten remaining portion into a 7-in. x 6-in. oval; place on a greased baking sheet. Place head above body. Make narrow cuts, about 3/4 in. deep, on each side of head for whiskers.
- 2. Cut second loaf into four equal portions. For ears, shape two portions into 16-in. ropes; fold ropes in half. Arrange ears with open ends touching head. Cut a third portion of dough in half; shape each into a 3-1/2-in. oval for back paws. Cut two 1-in. slits on top edge for toes. Position on each side of body.
- 3. Divide the fourth portion of dough into three pieces. Shape two pieces into 2-1/2-in. balls for front paws; shape the remaining piece into two 1-in. balls for cheeks and one 1/2-in. ball for nose. Place paws on each side of body; cut two 1-in. slits for toes. Place cheeks and nose on face. Add raisins for eyes and almonds for teeth.
- 4. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30-45 minutes. Brush dough with egg. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to a wire rack to cool.
- 5. Place bread on a serving tray. Cut a 3-1/2-in. circle in center of body. Hollow out bread, leaving a 1/2-in. shell (discard removed bread or save for another use). Place a 1-cup shallow bowl in the hole and fill with dip. Yield: 1 loaf.
Reviews for Easter Bunny Bread
"I made this at Easter and believe I have found a new tradition! Not artistic at all, but this was amazingly easy. My only 'issue' was finding a room warm enough for the bread to rise; took about 90 minutes to completely rise."
"Loved this! Especially yummy was dipping the bunny bread in the dip. Everyone wanted to know how to make it. Thank you Taste of Home!"
"An Easter tradition for us! But definitely use homemade bread (your favorite recipe that makes a 2# loaf), not some store-bought frozen stuff!"
"easy recipe that my children love! This has become a tradition my little ones look forward to each year. It is easy to make, looks great, and kids can help with too!"
"Easy to follow instructions. Finished product looks exactly like the picture. Big hit with the family. Tastes great too, although no one wanted to cut into it, they thought it was just too cute."
"My autistic grandson helped make this for our appetizer--he was so proud of it. I am sure we will be making this for years to come. I will make sure he has the directions to use as he matures."
"Please explain to novices of bread baking that the instructions on the bread package should be ignored. You need to use the dough before it rises to make this bread. Mine was edible, but was not that good. I am going to try again. thanks."
"Have made this bread for at least 10 Easters and everyone thinks he is adorable. Also make a smaller bunny with only one loaf of Rhodes bread and it is adorable also----fits on one cookie sheet."
"A 9x13 is way too small. I used the biggest cookie sheet I have to bake him on, and presented him on my Thanksgiving turkey plate. He is huge!"
"I made the http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/Lemon-Garlic-Hummus to go in the middle with veggies. Everyone loved him!"
"Easy to follow the directions! I put my bread in the fridge to defrost. Then put it on the counter in the morning, still in the bag for about an hour. Floured my hands and the counter, and then assembled. Gorgeous. Impressed my Easter company! Will do this again."
"I made 2 of these for Easter, second one came out better, not sure if I am using the wrong type of bread dough but couldn't get the ears like in the picture, they were too big and so were the feet. Any suggestions? I used Pillsbury Italian Bread in the can x 2."
"I have made this bunny bread several times and it is so easy to put together and so cute. Everyone always loves it."
"What size pan did you use to bake it? Would a 9x13 glass dish work?"
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"This is sooo cute"
"I have made this recipe for years, since it first came out. I make the "belly" hole bigger, put in leaf lettuce, then add the dip."
"Our grandkids especially liked this recipe.we all liked the taste."
"I have made this since the first year it appeared in the TOH magazine. My family considers it a tradition. Easy, appealing and delicious. This year I'm using a fruit dip and fruits for my brunch with this bunny."
"ive made this many times over the last 10 years and its a hit ever time. Its even inspired me to make a turkey at Thanksgiving!"
"Love making this for Easter with my g'children.Always a hit with the family.Easy and fun."
"So easy and fun -- very impressive for little effort! I think I'll try a teddy bear for a birthday party! Thanks, this recipe is a keeper!"
"This came out like the picture and was relatively easy to put together."
"Great recipe and easy. Everyone enjoyed it and commented on it at our family picnic. Really hated to throw it out at the end of the day it was such a joy to make."
"I made this for Easter, and received tons of compliments on it. Actually - no one wanted to take the first piece of bread because it looked so good. I did not line my plate with lettuce because I filled every inch with veggies (we had a large gathering). I also substituted the lettuce holding the dip with a small bowl to hold the dip. Turned out amazing!"
"I made this a few years back and my family still talks about it. Everyone was really impressed and it's so easy! I need to do it again."
"I was surprised at how easy this was, my friends and family expect it every Easter."
"Very easy to make and festive for Easter. I have used this recipe the last few years and have always got compliments!"
"I made this several years ago and everyone loved it. It was hard to follow up the next year, everyone wanted to know what I was making next! Loved it and really easy!"
"Kids loved it, easy to make. Thanks!"
"One of my favoritee recipes ever"
"Very easy to make,delicious, and impressive."
"I made this for Easter to take to my in-laws. It turned out GREAT and was so much easier than I thought it would be. Everyone was super impressed (I scored major cool points with my chef father-in-law) and it was an easy way for the kids to eat their veggies!"
"I made this recipe, and it was so fun! Everyone was in aww about it. I would make it again."
"I made this for an Easter lunch at my in-laws and it was fantastic!! The bunny was adorable and, by using pre-made dough, it was relatively simple to make. I was surprised how well it turned out on my first try and I got a bunch of compliments. I even took a picture to send my mom. After we at the dip, the kids ate the bunny (OK, I had an ear - yum!). I would definitely make this again and have been thinking to try different shapes for various holidays."
"This was easy and everyone was SUPER impressed! No one wanted to eat it because it was so cute!"
"This is one of the coolest things I have ever made. It was so easy and looked just like the picture. We didn't cut out his tummy b/c my girls thought that sounded dreadful. We just put our hummus in a side bowl. Thank you bunny bread for making our Easter extra special!"
"So cute, easy to make, and tasty! I just made a spinach dip and used the bread with the dip. Everyone loved it and thought it was cute and must have taken forever."
"I made this for the first time today. I'm a teenager and have basically no experience with bread baking/shaping but this was easy and fun, I had left over dough which I used to make flower shaped rolls. Great recipe!"
"Super easy and cute!!!"
"What an easy and pleasing recipe! Everyone raves over it!!!!! Thank you for sharing and I will for sure make this again!!!"
"Have made this bunny bread every year since the recipe first was published. Everyone who sees it "ooohs and ahhhs" over it and someone always eats the ears first. It is even more adorable using one loaf of the frozen bread and making a smaller size. Only drawback is that it doesn't stay fresh for more than one day. Makes great toast after Easter, though."
"This recipe is easy to make and definitely a beautiful centerpiece. I made this bunny last year and will make again this year!"
"I think this would be great served at breakfast with a orange flavored butter in the center for people to use to spread on their bunny bread."
"I make this last year and everyone loved it. Plan to do it again!"
"This was so cute. An instant hit! I put a vegetable dip in it, but you could do hummus and pita chips, or guacamole and corn chips. It's just seriously cute for Easter or just a Spring time fun tray."
"Everyone loved it! I also made flowers and Easter egg shaped bread. I came back to get the recipe so that I can make a teddy bear for a baby shower! I have a picture of mine on my fridge. My family still says it was great. I can't wait for our next get together! I will adapt this to other themes."
"This is such an easy way to make a tasty & awesome looking Easter treat."
"My 16 year old daughter made this & i must say it was easy and did not take any time...everyone loved it and had great things to say about it....thanks for sharing this recipe"
"So Easy !! And was the hit of the party !!! I will definitely be doing this one again !! Maybe trying to work dough into a bear for a baby shower !?"
"I love this recipe! It comes out perfect every time. I like to decorate the tray a little differently than pictured here. Instead of making a vegetable dip, I decorate the tray with colorful foil-wrapped Easter chocolates. It's always a huge hit."
"This was way too much fun to make! The directions were very easy, perfect for little ones to do. Stays in my recipe box..."
"This was wonderful. it was beautiful to present and easy to make. I would definately make this again."
"So easy, so cute, so delicious!"
"Invite the neighborgood kids over and make smaller breads. They will have so much fun making and baking their own Easter Bunny Bread. It makes for some really great memories! And they are so proud of themselves..."
"I made this recipe 9 years ago for family & friends at Easter and I still get requests for it. My niece moved to B.C. and today she called me and asked for it because she remembers how nice and appitizing it looked and tasted..Big hit still after 9 years of making.. Loretta Dutka"
"Many bunny breads every year! I have made this by rolling out frozen cinnamon roll dough and served it with fruit for Easter breakfast. This is so simple to make...I have made it every year since I first saw. Everyone loves it and I bring it to work, brunch and dinner! Can't wait to do it this Easter!"
"This recipe absolutely fascinates my family so we make it every year. It's fun to do and fun to watch people eating it, so it's one we'll be keeping for a long time to come."
"If I don't bring this bunny to our family Easter gatherings, everyone asks where it's at. I made him one year with frozen wheat bread. It was browner in color and just as adorable as the white bread. I make spinach dip for the cut out belly, and we rip the bread apart and dip it right into the spinach dip (that is of course after everyone takes pictures). After making this bunny once, you will be asked to make it over and over again. IT IS DARLING AND VERY GOOD!!!"
"This has become a holiday tradition along with the Bunny cake. My daughters love to help with these recipes, making it even more special!"
"I made this a few years ago and was surprised at how easy it was and at how good it turned out! It's a fun idea. Thanks for showing the recipe as a reminder to make it again this year!"
"This is so simple to make...I have made it every year since I first saw it in Quick Cooking several years ago. Everyone loves it! Can't wait to do it this Easter!"
"My mother makes this every year for Easter and it is the cutest, easiest thing ever!! Everyone gets a kick out of the bunny, and he tastes pretty good, too!!"
"This was sooooo good!"
"I made this for this past Easter. I filled the belly with spinach dip. It was the talk of the day. Everyone took pictures."
"I made this Bunny bread and it was such a hit! Everyone at Easter was afraid to tear it apart because it was so cute! I shaped it exactly like the picture and it turned out perfectly, and I used spinach dip for the middle. For winter I plan on making a snowman :)"
"This bread was very easy to make using the frozen bread dough. I would recommend adding the teeth after baking. Mine got lost when the dough expanded in the oven. Otherwise, it looked just like the picture! Make it the day you are going to eat it or else the bread isn't as good."
"This was also a hit at the Easter Egg Hunt gathering. the ears were king of short, and it looked like a mouse, but it was a great for a first-timer. I just bought a veggie tray from Sam's club and used thier dip and veggies. Pretty easy appetizer for a non-baker. I will do this again every year! Thanks for the recipe."
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"My children and I make this each year for our get-together with family. They love the sense of accomplishment and all the compliments they get. And none of it goes to waste! After the veggies and dip are gone, we eat the bread, too! Great recipe!"
"I can't wait to try it. Thank you."
"I've made this a few times & it always gets rave reviews..so unique, just perfect for an Easter gathering"