I woke up this morning all inspired…inspired to make the best of the day! Perhaps it was the sunshine or maybe the great night’s sleep! In either case, I had the craving to bake and I am not talking just any old thing. I wanted a peanut butter something! Since Spring has sprung in Western Kentucky (not officially, but almost), I wanted something Easter Bunny-like! Like Peanut Butter Bunny Cookies!
These were a bit of an experiment, so some turned out looking like mice and some turned out looking like bears. However, if you squint your eyes a bit and think Easter, they could be mistaken for bunnies…don’t you think?
The first batch had mini marshmallows for noses, but the marshmallow melted completely away and left a white crater. 🙁 And, since I live on a farm with the nearest city 20 miles away, I thought going to the store for a better nose solution would not be productive. So as I do in many cases, I improvised with something I already had in my kitchen…a wooden spoon handle and a fork!
I used my old fashioned favorite peanut butter cookie recipe and played around with the dough until a bunny was born. Like playing with your food? Well, these are just what you need…no cookie cutter needed.
- 1 cup shortening
- ⅔ cup granulated sugar
- ⅔ cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup Creamy peanut butter
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit. Line sheet pans with parchment paper or Silpat silicone baking mats.
- Cream shortening, sugars, eggs, and vanilla extract. Stir in peanut butter.
- In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking soda, and salt; stir into creamed mixture.
- Using a small scoop, roll dough into balls. To make bunnies, slightly flatten one dough ball and split another dough ball in half, shaping each half into almond shaped ears. Tuck two ears behind the slightly flatten ball to form the bunny face. Using the handle of a wooden spoon place indentations for eyes and a nose. Fork tines pressed on each side of the nose, resembles the bunny whiskers.
- Bake for 9-10 minutes, depending on your oven.
Hop on into your kitchen now and give these cute little Peanut Butter Bunny Cookies a try! Your children will love them!
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Ronda from ~All Things Home Related~