Bunny Rolls will make your Easter dinner extra special. They are great with just a pat of melted butter, yum! Or if you’re looking for more casual Easter dinner ideas, slice these little bunny bread rolls open for the cutest sandwiches ever!

Are you preparing hard-boiled eggs for your Easter Dinner! Have fun with the kids with my ultimate Easter egg dyeing techniques. Such fun and simple ways to dye eggs!

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First, let’s make some dough. I use this basic bread dough recipe to make various rolls. Trust me, you will love this dinner roll recipe! It really makes the most versatile yeast dough – I use it for dinner rolls, cinnamon rolls and, of course, it is perfect for Easter bunny bread rolls.

This recipe really is the BEST basic dinner roll recipe you can make! It’s perfect for these little bunny buns as my niece calls them.

Basic Dinner Roll Recipe

1 package active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
2 Tablespoons sugar
2 Tablespoons butter
1 large egg
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
3 – 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (I usually only ever use 3 cups)

First, combine yeast, warm water, and sugar. Let stand for five minutes.

Next, combine yeast mixture, butter, egg, salt, and half the flour: beat with mixer or food processor just until mixed and smooth.  Gradually add in flour to make a soft dough. I use a food processor with the dough blade and mix for 45 seconds or a mixer with the dough attachment for 2 minutes until a soft ball is formed.

Place dough in a well-oiled bowl, and turn to grease the top of the dough. Cover in a warm area for about an hour until dough rises and almost doubles in size. At this point, you can also put the dough in an oiled zip-lock bag and keep it in the refrigerator for up to four days. I put the dough in the refrigerator because I like to roll the dough out while it is cold.

If not refrigerating, punch dough down, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, and kneed a couple of times.

soft ball of dough on a floured board

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How to make bunny rolls

I use a 1 1/2 tablespoon scoop to portion out the dough.  Each bunny-shaped roll takes two dough balls.  This recipe will make about 1 dozen bunny rolls.

a one and a half tablespoon scoop being used measure dough balls; ther are eight small and one large of dough on a floured cutting board

Take one of the dough balls and tear off a pea-sized piece for the bunny nose. Cut the rest of the dough ball in half.

a ball of dough with a small ball of dough pinched off for the nose adn the remaining dough cut in half for ears; there's a cutting knife lying on the cutting board by the dough

Place the cut halves (cut side up) at the top of the second dough ball on your baking sheet. Place the small piece of dough in the middle of the large ball for the nose.

a one and half tablespoon ball of dough with the small ball of dough place on it for a nose and the two halves of dough ball shaped into ears making a bunny roll; this is setting on a baking sheet with parchment paper on it

Now cut a raisin in half and push it into the dough for the eyes. Next, take a sharp knife and cut it into the dough to make whiskers and a mouth. Each cute bunny has its own personality!

two prepared dough bunny rolles with raisins cut in half and place for eyes, and a mouth and whiskers cut into to finish the face; these are on a cookie sheet with parchment paper

Beat 1 egg with about 1 tablespoon of water to make an egg wash.  Use this to lightly and evenly paint onto the bread dough.

prepared dough bunny rolls with an egg wash brushed over them; there is a pastry brush resting beside the prepared rolls

When you’re done, loosely cover the bunnies with a piece of plastic wrap sprayed well with cookie spray. Allow to rise for about 30-40 mins. If the dough was cold, they might need to rise about an hour. They should get puffy.

Before baking, push in any eyes that might have popped out during rising.  Slits can also be made more prominent with a well-oiled knife (dough will be sticky).

Bake at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes, or until golden brown.

See the video in the recipe card so you can see how easy they are to make!

Honey Baked Ham Bunny Sandwiches with a sides of green beans and fresh carrots

Below is the printable bunny dinner roll recipe or bunny bread recipe if you ask my kids. I hope you love making Easter bunny rolls! They make fantastic side dishes and perfect slider buns for leftover glazed ham or roast chicken. Enjoy!

More Easter dinner ideas

If you like these Easter rolls, try my no-knead bread or my bread-in-a-bag recipe – it’s perfect to make with kids.

Planning the perfect Easter dinner get-together? Don’t forget a few activities to make the day extra special for guests.  Try these super simple bird nest favors to spruce up your holiday table. They’re so cute sitting on each plate to welcome guests.

Keep the conversation flowing with these dinner conversation starters. Placing the questions in plastic eggs makes them a festive and fun way to avoid awkward silence!

Don’t forget the kids! They will enjoy these Easter Coloring pages as a fun activity right at the “kid’s table” And these cute bunny bags make great Easter basket stuffers and take-home party favors.

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Bunny Rolls

Basic Dinner Roll Recipe
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients  

  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (Use up to 3-1/2 cups if needed. I usually only ever use 3 cups.)
  • 12 each raisins (Cut in half and used for eyes.)

Instructions 

  • Combine yeast, warm water, and sugar. Let stand five minutes.
  • Combine yeast mixture, butter, egg, salt, and half the flour: beat with mixer or food processor just until mixed and smooth.
  • Gradually add in flour to make a soft dough. I use a food processor with the dough blade and mix for 45 seconds or a mixer with the dough attachment for 2 minutes until a soft ball is formed.
  • Place dough in a well-oiled bowl, turn to grease the top of the dough.
  • Cover in a warm area for about an hour until dough rises and almost doubles in size. You can also at this point put the dough in an oiled zip-lock bag and keep it in the refrigerator for up to four days. I put the dough in the refrigerator because I like to roll the dough out while it is cold.
  • If not refrigerating, punch dough down, turn it out onto a floured surface, and kneed a couple of times.
  • Shape dough into rolls. I use a 1 1/2 tablespoon scoop to portion out the dough.  Each bunny-shaped roll takes two dough balls.  This recipe will make about 1 dozen bunny rolls.
  • Take one of the dough balls and tear off a pea-sized piece for the bunny nose. Cut the rest of the dough ball in half.
  • Place the cut halves (cut side up) at the top of the second dough ball on your baking sheet. Place the small piece of dough in the middle of the large ball for the nose.
  • Now cut a raisin in half and push it into the dough for the eyes. Next, take a sharp knife and cut it into the dough to make whiskers and a mouth. Each cute bunny has its own personality!
  • Beat 1 egg with about 1 tablespoon of water to make an egg wash.  Use this to lightly and evenly paint onto the bread dough.
  • When you're done, loosely cover the bunnies with a piece of plastic wrap sprayed well with cooking spray. Allow to rise for about 30-40 mins. If the dough was cold, they might need to rise about an hour. They should get puffy.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for about 10 mins or until golden brown.

Video

Nutrition

Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 217mg | Potassium: 53mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 78IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 2mg
Servings: 12
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Author: Cindy Hopper

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Comments

  1. This is such a great idea! It looks pretty easy and nice to have something Easter themed that’s not full of sugar. Thanks for sharing

  2. Recipe looks great. I will make for Easter. One question, will the nose stay stuck on the bunny or does it tend to come off?

  3. Michelle, I haven’t tried it with gluten-free bread dough. Often gluten-free dough has a looser consistency, so it might not hold its shape as well. However, if you used a measure for measure gluten-free flour substitute for the regular flour I think it is worth a try. Will you let us know if you try it?

  4. I haven’t made gluten free bread before – do you think substituting a gluten free all purpose flour in the recipe would work okay?

  5. Thank you for checking in with me on the video. The video can be found on the recipe card. Enjoy!

  6. For the bunny rolls, you say “Here is a video so you can see how easy they are to make!”

    I don’t see a video. Please advise. Thank you.

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