• Bunny Nests For Your Easter Dessert

    BUNNY NESTSIt really takes such a little bit to build wonderful memories with the kiddos in your life, and it certainly doesn’t take a lot of money.

    These bunny nests make great Easter treats and the kind of memories that will last for a lifetime, no matter how old the children in your life are.

    Ingredients

    Cookie Dough, I used peanut butter
    Ice Cream, I used vanilla.
    Coconut, I tinted green.
    Bunny Eggs, I used robin’s eggs and jelly beans.
    Pam

    Preparation

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

    2. Invert a muffin tin and spray tops and sides of cups with Pam.

    3. Take enough cookie dough for about 1 1/4 cookies and and pat it into a round, flat disc.

    4. Put the center of the dough disc over the center of an inverted muffin cup and pat dough snugly over the cup and down the sides. (I covered every other cup so that dough did not run together.)

    5. Bake for 7 minutes.

    6. Don’t be surprised if your dough is WAY too big once it is done. Just cut away the extra with a sharp knife. Allow to cool for a couple of minutes and then remove your cookie cups. If dough gets too cool to remove, just put back in the oven for about 30 seconds and start removing once again.

    7. Once the cups are removed from the muffin tin, trim away any excess around the lip of the nest.

    8. Freeze nests until they are very hard. This does not take long.

    9. Fill cups with ice cream.

    10. Sprinkle with colored coconut.

    11. Return to freezer until you are ready to serve.

    12. When you are ready to serve, top with your bunny eggs and allow to stand for about 10 minutes before serving. This will give your “nest” time to soften a bit.

    I have to tell you that no one has worse fine motor skills than I do. By the time I finish trimming my nests, my kitchen floor looks as if a herd of Texas buffalo walked over them! :)

    Rickey bought some dough from a fundraising group, and I started with that. I used about 1 1/4 of this amount.

    Rickey bought some dough from a fundraising group, and I started with that. I used about 1 1/4 of this amount.

    You can see the amount of dough that I did not use. The rest I patted over an inverted cup.

    You can see the amount of dough that I did not use. The rest I patted over an inverted cup.

    I've yet to keep this from happening.

    I’ve yet to keep this from happening.

    While dough is still hot, I take a sharp knife and cut off the edges.

    While dough is still hot, I take a sharp knife and cut off the edges.

    Gently work off of the cup. Put in the fridge or freezer until cold enough to trim edges without breaking cup.

    Gently work off of the cup. Put in the fridge or freezer until cold enough to trim edges without breaking cup.

    I freeze my cups very hard before filling with ice cream.

    I freeze my cups very hard (to keep from breaking) before filling with ice cream.

    And from here, you choose! This one is topped with coconut and life saver jelly beans on a bed of tinted coconut.

    And from here, you choose! This one is topped with coconut and life saver jelly beans on a bed of tinted coconut.

    Since bunny's have grass as part of their nests, these nests do also! That is topped with Robin Eggs.

    Since bunnies have grass as part of their nests, these nests do also! They are topped with tiny “eggs.”

    And if you have a little girl in your life like my granddaughter who, even at the advanced age of 10,  likes nothing better than a "formal" tea party, you might want to serve on a stem.

    And if you have a little girl in your life like my granddaughter who, even at the advanced age of 10, likes nothing better than a “formal” tea party, you might want to serve on a stem.

    Don’t forget that several of these grouped together will make a beautiful table decoration or centerpiece. Just make sure they are frozed very hard so that they will be the perfect texture when you meal is over.

    Happy Easter!

    About Fredda Jones

    Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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