Miniature, one-bite cookies made with pastel candy centers. Easter Bunny Button Cookies are a great Easter gift idea, or just save them all for yourself!
EASTER BUNNY BUTTON COOKIES
When it comes to baking with sprinkles or candies, I’m a big kid at heart! It certainly doesn’t help that I have the likes of John.e and McKenna cheering me on! You see, Dear Reader, once the photographs are done, they get to eat – and who doesn’t like to eat cookies?
I spent weeks thinking about what I could prepare this year to add to my list of Easter recipes. I thought about making Hot Cross Buns, but going back to that kid thing, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to bake with those pastel M&Ms. Besides, I can’t top Kylee’s version – looks amazing, right?
ANY CANDY COATED CHOCOLATE WILL DO!
Just before Christmas, I was searching for red and green M&Ms on Amazon. I found them, but I also found these pastel colours. They, of course, were added to my cart, but I waited until February to place the order. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them, but I had to have them.
If you are unable to find these particular M&Ms, you can use your favourite brand of candy coated chocolate. I would consider using Smarties (if you’re in Canada; they are not the same in the United States!) You could use regular M&Ms, and even the peanut ones will do. The center will just be bigger, obviously.
They don’t even need to be pastel colours. There are most certainly a lot of bright colours at Easter time too. Bright pinks, greens, blues, and yellows can be found in almost any brand of candy coated chocolate.
EAT THEM, SHARE THEM, OR GIVE THEM AS A GIFT!
It’s really no secret that I love to bake cookies. Seriously, I baked a lot of cookies! You can see a complete list of them here. Honestly, 90% of all the cookies I prepare for Lord Byron’s Kitchen, do not stay in our home. McKenna takes them to school, or John.e takes them to work. If they don’t go with them, I just give them to our neighbours.
Because there are so many cookies, John.e will often suggest making them smaller. I think that he thinks if they are smaller he would be eating less sugar. But, let’s face it, he would just eat two or three of the smaller cookies in place of one regular sized cookie!
This time, I decided to give it a go. I’m so glad I did, because I was able to keep these Easter Bunny Button Cookies small. They are the perfect one-bite size!
And, yes, I know a bunny has a light and fluffy tail without colour, but what is an Easter cookie without colour!? I did roll the cookies into sugar before baking to give them that glistening look. Because, you know, what’s Easter without sugar!?
One of my favourite things to do is to cook and bake for someone. If McKenna didn’t tote these off to school with her, I would have gladly wrapped them up as gifts.
Since these cookies are bite sized, they are the perfect cookies to place into a cellophane bag, tie with a ribbon, and gift to teachers, friends, etc. And, since they are so easy, inexpensive, and fun to make, you could prepare gifts for everyone!
Easter Bunny Button Cookies
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2 large egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 1/3 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sanding sugar
- 1/2 cup chocolate M&M candy
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, use a hand-held mixer to beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add in the egg yolks and vanilla extract. Beat to combine.
- Add the flour and mix into the butter mixture until just combined. Don't over mix.
- Portion into one teaspoon and roll into balls. Roll each ball into the sanding sugar and place on the prepared baking sheet.
- Push a M&M candy into the center of the cookie.
- Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow cookie to cool on the baking sheet for 3-5 minutes. Transfer the cookies to a wire cooling rack to finish cooling.