Monday, April 21, 2014

The Infamous Bunny Biscuits

I know you've seen this photo floating around the internet. I remember seeing this last year, only no one was able to find a recipe.

It turns out MomAlwaysFindsOut found the original recipe here and they're not biscuits or rolls - they're pineapple tarts. The bunnies in the photo above are wrapped in pastry dough, not bread dough, which is why you may have seen fails such as this.

Right, so let's get to the bottom of this. Is it truly impossible to make this work with bread dough? I used this recipe to give it my best shot. They're quite delicious right out of the oven so I recommend you gather:

* 2 tablespoons of butter
* 8 ounces of sour cream
* 1/4 cup of water
* 1 egg
* 1 package of active dry yeast
* 2 tablespoons of sugar
* 1 teaspoon of salt
* 2 1/2-3 cups of flour

Start by putting the butter, water, and sour cream in a sauce pan until the butter has melted. Once it has melted, take it off the burner to let it cool.

Meanwhile, add the egg, yeast, sugar, and salt in a mixer with the kneading paddle. Add the sour cream/butter/water mixture once it has cooled (I gave it 5 minutes) and slowly add the flour. I ended up using about 3 1/4 cups of flour because the dough was still sticking to the sides.

Once the dough has formed, put it in a warm spot and let the dough rise until it has doubled in size (I gave it an hour, just to be safe).

I recommend punching down the dough once it's ready and using extra flour, break off 16 rolls and place them on parchment paper (the extra flour is so you don't have it sticking to your hands or the bowl!). Use kitchen shears to cut the ears and cut them big, otherwise you'll just have these tiny little triangles, like in the photo below.

As you can see, because this is bread dough and not pastry dough, they won't be as smooth or as round as the original photo. Using a toothpick, poke in some eyes, if you like.

Get ready for these to grow in the oven! The yeast makes them expand and they look more like cats than bunnies, in my opinion. But keep an eye on them so the tops of the ears don't burn.

My favorite part? Decapitating them before devouring!

TOTAL COSTS: About $14 (if you don't own any of the ingredients - prices from Vons)
$.79 for butter
$1.99 for sour cream
$2.49 for eggs (but you only need 1)
$1.79 for active dry yeast
$2.69 tablespoons of sugar
$.99 for salt
$3.29 for flour

TOTAL AMOUNT OF TIME: 1 hour, 50 minutes
35 minutes to make the dough and cut ears
1 hour to let dough rise
15 minutes in the oven

EASY-PEASY SCALE (1 super easy - 5 very difficult): 2 out of 5
If you're expecting these to look like the original, they won't. Really, the hardest part is trying to make them look like the original, which will never happen. Enjoy your unique, delicious, and morphed bunnycat biscuits because in the end, they're all going in your tummy!


  1. the method works better for cats ;)
    ~angela mihi

  2. Thank you! Great work!