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Easter Bunny Bread Recipe
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Easter Bunny Bread Recipe

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With its toothy grin, lovely golden crust and tummy that's perfect for serving dip, this charming rabbit is sure to bring a smile to guests young and old. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 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.
Originally published as Easter Bunny Bread in Quick Cooking March/April 2001, p13

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Reviewed Mar. 19, 2015

"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."

Reviewed Apr. 19, 2014

"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."

Reviewed Apr. 17, 2014

"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."

Reviewed Mar. 31, 2014

"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."

Reviewed Apr. 3, 2013

"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!"

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