Easter recipes April 3

Chubby Bunnies

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 5 min./batch + cooling

1 package (18-1/4 ounces) yellow cake mix
2 eggs1/2 cup water15 drops red food coloring16 red gumdrops32 miniature semisweet chocolate chips

In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs and water; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Reserve 1 cup batter. To remaining batter, stir in food coloring. Cut a 1/4-in. hole at the corner of two food-safe plastic bags; fill one with pink batter and one with plain batter. Using pink batter,             pipe a 4-in. x 2-in. oval ring onto a greased baking sheet for bunny face. Pipe two ovals for ears. Using plain batter, pipe centers for ears and cheeks for face. Pipe additional pink batter to completely fill ears and face. Repeat with remaining batters. Trim off bottom ends of gumdrops; use rounded tops for noses. Add chocolate chips for eyes. Bake at 375° for 4-6 minutes or until set. Cool for 1 minute before removing to wire racks to cool. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 16 bunnies.

Bunny Biscuits

Prep/Total Time: 20 min. Yield: 5 Servings

1 tube (7-1/2 ounces) refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
10 raisins
20 slivered almonds
1 tube pink decorating icing
5 red-hot candies or red candied cherries

Gently shape five biscuits into oval shapes; place on a greased baking sheet about 2 in. apart. Cut remaining biscuits in half. Shape biscuit halves to form ears; press firmly to attach to whole biscuits. On each biscuit, press on two raisin eyes and four slivered almond whiskers. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until biscuits are browned. Cool slightly; use icing to frost ears and attach candy noses.

Yield: 5 servings.

Cinnamon Roll Bunnies

Catherine Cassidy, Editor-in-Chief of Taste of Home, says bunny-shaped recipes are in for Easter in 2012, and recommends this adorable lip-smacking food creation that is sure to help families create memorable holiday meal moments in their own homes this Easter.   Taste of Home is the go-to resource for people who take the time to cook for their families at the holidays, with more than 3,000 Easter recipes available at www.TasteofHome.com/Easter.

Prep/Total Time: 30 min. Yield: 4 Servings

1 tube (12.4 ounces) refrigerated cinnamon roll dough
12 M&M's miniature baking bits
4 pink jelly beans
24 pieces black shoestring licorice (1 inch)
1 drop red food coloring
Brown decorating gel or color of your choice

Separate dough into eight rolls. Place four rolls on a greased baking sheet. Using a 2-in. biscuit cutter, cut 3/4 in. into both sides of remaining rolls to form ears and bow ties. Place ears at the top and a bow tie below each cinnamon roll; pinch to attach. Slightly flatten rolls.  Bake at 400° for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Set aside 1-1/2 teaspoons icing. Spread remaining icing over bunnies. Place a baking bit in the center of each bow tie; add remaining baking bits for eyes. Place a jelly bean in each center for nose; attach licorice pieces for whiskers. Tint reserved icing pink with red food coloring; pipe mouths and outline ears. Pipe edges of bow ties with decorating gel.  Yield: 4 servings

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