Cooking 101

The Rest of the Story

First, thanks for tuning in to our Easter Challenge results. We had a lot of fun, and the next challenge is already in the planning stages. Thinking Halloween is the perfect holiday for a craft challenge. So many things to create, and many don’t require stepping in the kitchen. The challenge is open to everyone – you can also share anything crafty from your family and friends. We will send out a reminder once fall arrives. 

 

Now – the rest of the story about my crazy bunny butt project. I planned to make cupcakes, like I saw on Pinterest – so cute, and so many different ways to do them:

 

I made sure I had everything I needed before starting – I had a piping tip for the grass, candy melts for the feet, coconut for bunny fur, and I even found green frosting at Hannaford. 

As I was getting ready to start on Saturday morning, I saw a packet of Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix on the counter. 💡”Oh, that would be easier than cupcakes and would work.”  As I was looking for a cookie tray, I found a packet of cookie cutters. “Hey, there is a bunny in this set – this cookie idea is really taking off.” So I proceeded to mix up the sugar cookie dough …

 


Before I progress too far – take a look at that cookie cutter. Is it really a rabbit?  Or is it a koala, or a kangaroo?  I am pretty sure it is supposed to be a bunny. Self doubt is starting to settle in, but I continued. 

I have made sugar cookies before, like when I was twelve.  I don’t remember having as much trouble rolling out the dough, and getting the cookie shape on the baking tray. This is where I started having tortilla nightmares.  I didn’t stop to take a photo, but this one from my homemade tortilla fiasco is illustrative. 

 

 

Finally managed to make a number of the maybe-it-is-a-bunny shaped cookies, and baked them up in my easy bake oven (the toaster oven is my comfort zone). 

 


I kept looking at these maybe-it-is-a-bunny  cookies, and it hit me, “wait, the whole point of bunny butt cupcakes cookies is to have the butt up in the air and the head buried in the ground.  These maybe-it-is-a-bunny cookies have heads and the whole bodies.  This isn’t going to be believable ,%#$&”

Ready to give up, I forged ahead.  It briefly crossed my mind to go back to cupcakes, but I had already made a total mess in the kitchen, and my back was beginning to kill me from standing instead of enjoying my usual morning recliner time.

Another 💡moment – “what do cupcakes and cookies have in common? They are both circles on top.”  And yes, I had some circular cookie cutters in my vast supply of baking tools.  By this time, I was pretty darned good at getting the dough figured out – Lou cruised by and said, “ not bad.”  Thank you, Obe-wan.

 


So now I have some cookies I can work with. I prefer to call them cupcake tops.  The next steps should have been the fun ones – decorating. I started by trying to pipe the cute little grass on top of a cookie. Oh my … I wasn’t using a thick enough piping bag, and it started coming out all over me and the cookie  and looked nothing like grass.  Almost gave up again, but just spread some of the damn frosting on a cookie with a knife.

 


Then I was into totally new territory – candy melts.  Didn’t even know these existed – little did I know there is a whole YouTube culture built around candy melts and cake pops.  The Pinterest ladies said it was easy – just pop some melts in the microwave, heat them up, and make little feets.  Hehe – not so easy, but I just kept trying.  Then I had to repeat with pink candy melts for the little bunny toes. Oh My God – what looks so simple when Suzy Perky Cakepop Mom does it on YouTube was a disaster for me.  I couldn’t get the shape anywhere near right and I messed up a couple of good candy melt feet.  I wanted to give up, but I rolled some marshmallows in coconut and made a prototype anyway.

 

 

My first attempt at using the pink candy melts was a total disaster.  At this point, I was just over it, and decided to sleep on it.  I would either try again on Sunday morning, or find a large trash bag …

 

Easter morning comes, and it was time to tackle the bunny butts again. Never give up!  This time, I used the correct piping bag and managed to pipe out a little grass.  Then I tried again with the pink candy melts, and decided to drop them on the parchment paper, then stick them on the soles of the feet (glue with frosting, not super glue).  This worked much better because I could make a number of different sizes and just used what worked. The first effort from the morning:

 

I could have stopped here,  but the feet were too big …so I tried again.  The final version was acceptable, and I completed the Easter craft challenge. Here are my three tries – meet messy feet, big feet, and okay feet.  If I had used cupcakes, I could have made the little tushy more rounded, but marshmallows worked fine for my level of incompetence.

 

Key Learnings 

  • Make a plan, and stick with the plan – real cupcakes, not fake set-a-cookie-on-top-of-a-cupcake-foil, would have been better.!!!  
  • Practice new stuff before the final day – like piping grass and working with candy melts
  • Maybe skip kitchen-related projects for the next craft challenge 😜

 

 


A special thanks to Lou for putting up with me in his kitchen, and for letting me steal his sugar cookie mix, and for not shooting me for jumping in and coloring the eggs that he apparently wanted to do – oops.

 


Be Safe !!!

 

 

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  1. Candy melts! Color me impressed! You get extra points for the candy melts, I thought it was packaged frosting. LOL. I watch Kid’s Baking Championship, they’re 8 yrs old, they make it look so easy….

    • I didn’t eat the fully decorated ones … the frosting is far too sweet. I kept some cookies unfrosted. I guess this was more about craft and not taste.

  2. I think we need two kitchens… I don’t think I’ll be eating any Easter Buñny butt!!!
    The sugar cookies tasted good.

    • Haha. You were a good sport. I don’t think we need two kitchens for my once every 2/3 months crazy ideas..

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