Bunny Decorated Cookies: Royal Icing Guide


Everyone loves cookies, and what could be cuter than cookies decorated like bunnies? Bunny decorated cookies using royal icing are not only adorable but also delicious. Why Bunny Decorated Cookies? Well, they are perfect for Easter, baby showers, or just for fun. Importance of Royal Icing Royal icing is the key to achieving smooth and shiny decorations on your cookies. It dries hard and smooth, which is perfect for intricate designs like a bunny’s fur and facial features.

Ingredients Needed

To make bunny decorated cookies, you will need ingredients for both the cookies and the royal icing.

For the Cookies

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the Royal Icing

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup warm water

Tools Needed

To decorate the cookies, you will need a few specific tools.

Cookie Cutters
Bunny-shaped cookie cutters are essential for this project. They come in various sizes and styles, so choose the one you like best.

Piping Bags
Piping bags and small round piping tips are necessary for outlining and filling the cookies with icing.

Food Coloring
Gel food coloring works best for coloring royal icing. You will need black for the eyes and mouth, pink for the ears and nose, and any other colors you want for the bunny’s fur.

Making the Cookie Dough

Making the cookie dough is the first step in creating your bunny decorated cookies.

Step-by-Step Guide

  1. In a large bowl, cream together the softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract.
  3. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, mixing well after each addition.
  5. Once the dough comes together, divide it in half, shape each portion into a disk, and wrap them in plastic wrap.
  6. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or until it is firm enough to roll.

Rolling and Cutting the Dough

Now that your dough is ready, it’s time to roll it out and cut out your bunny shapes.

Tips for Perfect Shapes

  1. Lightly flour your work surface and rolling pin to prevent the dough from sticking.
  2. Roll the dough to a thickness of about 1/4 inch. If the dough is too thin, the cookies will be fragile, and if it’s too thick, they will take longer to bake and may not cook evenly.
  3. Use your bunny-shaped cookie cutter to cut out the cookies. Press the cutter firmly into the dough and give it a slight wiggle before lifting it up to ensure a clean cut.
  4. Place the cut-out cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Baking the Cookies

Now it’s time to bake your cookies.

Oven Temperature and Time

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes or until they are lightly golden around the edges.
  3. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Preparing the Royal Icing

While the cookies are cooling, you can prepare the royal icing.

Coloring the Icing

  1. In a large bowl, beat together the powdered sugar, meringue powder, vanilla extract, and warm water until the icing is smooth and thick. It should hold its shape when piped.
  2. Divide the icing into smaller portions and tint them with the food coloring. Make sure to keep the icing covered with a damp cloth or plastic wrap to prevent it from drying out.

Decorating the Cookies

Once the cookies are completely cooled, it’s time to decorate them.

Outlining the Cookies

  1. Fit a piping bag with a small round piping tip and fill it with the royal icing.
  2. Carefully pipe an outline around the edge of each cookie. This outline will act as a barrier to keep the icing from flowing off the cookie.

Filling the Cookies

  1. Thin the remaining royal icing with a little bit of water until it reaches a flooding consistency. It should be thin enough to flow smoothly but thick enough to hold its shape.
  2. Use a piping bag or a squeeze bottle to fill the outlined area with the thinned icing. Use a toothpick to help spread the icing to the edges and pop any air bubbles.

Adding the Bunny Features

Now it’s time to add the bunny’s features.

Eyes and Mouth

  1. Use black royal icing and a small round piping tip to pipe the eyes and mouth onto the cookies.
  2. Pipe two small dots for the eyes and a curved line for the mouth.

Fur and Ears

  1. Use a thicker consistency of royal icing and a small star piping tip to pipe the fur onto the cookies.
  2. Pipe the fur in short bursts all over the cookie, leaving the eyes and mouth exposed.
  3. Use pink royal icing and a small round piping tip to pipe the inner ears onto the cookies.

Final Touches

Now that the main features are added, you can add any final touches to your bunny decorated cookies.

Adding Additional Details

  • You can add additional details like a bow, whiskers, or a tail using colored royal icing and different piping tips.
  • Be creative and make each bunny unique!

Storing the Cookies

Once the icing has dried completely, it’s time to store your bunny decorated cookies.

Best Practices for Storage

  1. Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
  2. If you want to keep the cookies for a longer time, you can freeze them. Just make sure to place a piece of parchment paper between each layer of cookies to prevent them from sticking together.


Bunny decorated cookies are a fun and creative way to celebrate Easter or any other special occasion like halloween. With a little bit of practice and the right tools, you can create adorable bunny cookies that everyone will love. Remember to have fun and get creative with your designs. Happy baking!

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I use store-bought icing?
    While store-bought icing can be used for decorating, it may not dry as hard or smooth as royal icing. For the best results, it is recommended to make your own royal icing.
  2. How long will the cookies stay fresh?
    The cookies will stay fresh for up to 1 week when stored in an airtight container at room temperature.
  3. Can I freeze the cookies?
    Yes, you can freeze the cookies for up to 3 months. Just make sure to place a piece of parchment paper between each layer of cookies to prevent them from sticking together.
  4. What if I don’t have bunny-shaped cookie cutters?
    If you don’t have bunny-shaped cookie cutters, you can use a knife to cut out the bunny shape from the dough. Just make sure to flour the knife to prevent the dough from sticking.
  5. Can I use a different type of icing?
    Royal icing is recommended for decorating these cookies as it dries hard and smooth. However, you can use any icing that you prefer, but keep in mind that the results may vary.




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