Budget Gourmet Mom has a sweet twist on an Easter dinner essential with her Orange Bunny Rolls. She even offers a lime option, too!

With Easter right around the corner, we hopped right to it!

 

Please click here to visit Budget Gourmet Mom and see the instructions that we followed!

 

 

Alicia - TCCReviewer #1 – Alicia

Mission: Easter is just around the corner and these little pastries are so darn cute.  Why not?!

 

Details:

Make sure you read and re-read the directions. It can be a bit overwhelming to look at but not bad once you get started.

  • I decided to go with the Cinnamon and orange route, as I did not have Cardamom on hand.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

When warming the milk concoction, be sure to use softened butter. I made the mistake of using cold butter and I left it on low heat to melt. In reading the directions, this mix should have reached 120 degrees to 130 degrees. Using a candy thermometer is very helpful as my mix reached nearly 145 degrees. Whoops! I waited for this to cool before adding to dry mixture with eggs. Scrambled eggs or curdling is not what I am shooting for. Ha!

As far as measuring the dough to a specific 14×10 inch rectangle and all the jazz. I totally eyeballed it. I am all about making my life easy.

Keep your flour out because the dough can get sticky

We Tried It - Orange Bunny Rolls!

Pros:

Fun idea and the kids liked the end result!

Cons:

No cons really – just that the whole process of waiting for the dough to rise can be time consuming.

We Tried It - Orange Bunny Rolls!

Conclusion:

So my bunnies turned out good, but not great!

They are delicious when first out of the oven with the glaze on top and the orange gave it a really nice flavor.  The next day though, not as great – so be sure that you eat them up right away!

I am not 100% sure I would make them again as there were quite a few steps and my kids tend to get bored after about 15 minutes!

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Amanda

Mission: I thought these rolls were too cute to pass up. I am also a sucker for baked goods of all varieties, especially the themed kind.

 

Details:

  • I chose Allspice over Cardamom simply for the fact that is what I had in my pantry.
  • To make quick work of zesting my fruit I used my handy Microplane Grater similar to this one!
  • Although the recipe suggested using a hand mixer and kneading by hand I busted out my KitchenAid Mixer. It is like having a room full of minions do your work while you sit back and sip mimosas (I imagine that is what you would drink while minions do your work).

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Not sure where things went wrong but my bunnies were not as pretty and perfect as shown in the post.

I found it hard to roll my snakes out without making them look all rough. You definitely want to cut your pieces long enough. I made only the small bunnies and even those seemed mammoth.

We Tried It - Orange Bunny Rolls!

Pros:

These are REALLY delicious and fresh tasting thanks to the fruit juice/zest and the fluffy dough.

My kids loved them!

Cons:

I found the recipe to be a little fussy, plus I failed miserably to achieve the adorable bunnies when all was said and done.

That is no fault of Krista from Budget Gourmet Mom! This epic fail was all me.

We Tried It - Orange Bunny Rolls!

Conclusion:

The end result was really great but I think next time I will stress less about the shape and simply turn these into rolls.

The flavor will be the same minus the fluff. Get it? Like bunny fluff! That’s all folks!

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Kristy

Mission: I have been on a big citrus kick lately so combining oranges for these cute bunnies was a no brainer! And a great project to practice for my future kiddos!

 

Details:

  • I made a couple of modifications with Allspice, tangerine peel and orange juice.
  • I got to break out my favorite kitchen appliance, my KitchenAid Mixer, and my new Zester which worked like a charm for the tangerine rind.
  • I goofed on following instructions as usual, I ended up making 2 extra-large bunnies and only 3 small bunnies!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I don’t have a Rolling Pin so a straight-sided glass cylinder vase worked perfectly for the dough!

I also used wax paper for rolling out dough onto flour for super easy clean up.

Cutting the dough was a cinch by using my Pizza Cutter!

I used aluminum foil under my cooling racks to catch the leftover icing from icing the bunnies and for more easy clean-up.  A spoon worked best for drizzling the icing on the hot out of the oven bunnies!

We Tried It - Orange Bunny Rolls!

Pros:

Pretty easy to follow and taste great!  Love the variations you could make!

Cons:

It may take a while to get those cute bunny ears!

We Tried It - Orange Bunny Rolls!

Conclusion:

Perfect for a holiday tradition by allowing kids to cook, too!

My taste testers were my office co-workers and my husband, who all gave a big thumbs up for this recipe.  Simple, yet delicious!

 

 

Reviewer #4 – Sarah

Mission: To make these darling bunny rolls for our little cuties and their cousins for cousin weekend! I have not made any form of bread in quite awhile, so I knew I’d be rusty going into this one.

Details:

I didn’t have Cardamom, but I found a tip online that noted to substitute equal parts Cinnamon and Nutmeg together. I had both of those on-hand, so that was the route I went and it worked well!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I didn’t realize I was short powdered sugar until I had the bunnies baking and I needed to prep the glaze!

I only had ¼ cup on hand, so I used: ¼ cup powdered sugar, 1 tsp. fresh squeezed lime juice, 1 tsp. lime peel, 1 T. milk. It made just enough glaze to cover the little bunny rolls, which was just what I needed!  Phew!

We Tried It - Orange Bunny Rolls!

Pros:

Was fairly easy to prepare the dough and the rise time was perfect for clean up time.

Overall, I really enjoyed making these and I really loved the lime and cardamom flavor. I just may have to try the orange flavor next!

Cons:

I was surprised to see that some of the bunny rolls did not maintain their shape while baking. But, it sure didn’t change the taste!

We Tried It - Orange Bunny Rolls!

Conclusion:

These bunny rolls are adorable and will be perfect to serve at Easter brunch!

We served them at lunchtime with the rest of the meal for our little kiddos and their cousins. Out of the seven of them, three really loved these and the others thought they were so-so. I had no problem downing a few of the left over ones myself!

 

 

Reviewer #5 – Sheri

Mission: Well these little bunnies were just too cute not to try! Look at those little tails, seriously! I really thought my children would get a kick out of them.

 

Details:

  • The original recipe called for either Cardamom or Allspice.  I went with Allspice.
  • Based on my learning experience with the Pull Apart Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bread, I made sure that the room was nice and warm for the dough to rise.
  • I’m always nervous about screwing up the recipe; adding too much or too little.  While I was concentrating on adding the remaining flour to the dough to get that soft consistency, I was so worked up that I completely forgot to add the orange juice! Fail.
  • I let the kids help with making the bunnies. They thoroughly enjoyed putting the little bunny tails on. Unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures because my hands were covered in flour.
  • Into the oven they went and I hoped they would turn out okay. They were a little “plump” so I baked them a little bit longer.
  • For some reason my Confectioners Sugar was a little lumpy, so the glaze didn’t come out so well.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I highly recommend a Microplane Grater to get a nice fine grate.

Also, I would have used my Mixer and dough hook had I thought ahead. Although mixing with a wooden spoon provided a good arm workout.

We Tried It - Orange Bunny Rolls!

Pros:

They were really super cute.

Cons:

My kids weren’t too crazy about the flavor.

The allspice was a little overpowering, which might not have been the case if I had remembered the darn orange juice.

We Tried It - Orange Bunny Rolls!

Conclusion:

Overall these are really cute. Of course mine didn’t come out picture perfect like the ones displayed, but then again I’m a novice baker when it comes to dough.

The kids had fun making them, but weren’t too crazy about eating them. I think that would have been different if I had remembered the orange juice! Duh!

I may try making these adorable bunnies with my aunt’s egg biscuit recipe which I know they will enjoy!

 
 

We Tried It - Orange Bunny Rolls!


The darling and very tasty
Orange Bunny Rolls and photo by Budget Gourmet Mom

 


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Eat at Allie’s has created a sweet treat with a disappearing act that is a perfect pairing for the story of the Easter Holiday.  Her Resurrection Rolls are as easy to make as they are fitting for the big day!

 

Stories aside, we love marshmallows and bread.  Period.  Let’s do this!

 

Please click here to visit Eat at Allie’s and see the instructions that we followed!

 

Alicia - TCCReviewer #1 – Alicia

Mission: To create yummy pastries while teaching the kiddos the resurrection of Jesus. My Sons says “Jesus is a nice guy you know”- I couldn’t agree more

 

Details:

This recipe is very easy to follow and the items are all usually on hand in my kitchen!

  • I used both crescent rolls and biscuits. I found that the biscuits were easier to stretch and fit a large marshmallow with breaking or tearing the dough.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Make sure you seal or crimp your ends tightly. Some of my seals broke open and created a huge sticky mess on the bottom of my oven.

Alicia - Rolls 1

Pros:

Very easy recipe to follow and super tasty. Cinnamon and sugar is a plus in my book.

Cons:

The mess in the bottom of my oven!

Alicia - Rolls 2

Conclusion:

Jesus has risen indeed! What a fun recipe and a great way to incorporate a Bible lesson at home with the kids – and did I mention it was a delicious treat!

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Amanda

Mission: Bake up some gooey, doughy goodness while entertaining the kiddos.Happy Kids

 

 

Details:

  • I used all the same ingredients and methods suggested in the original post minus the parchment paper. Clearly I was not paying attention there.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

The parchment paper would have made a huge difference in serving and how well the little balls stayed intact since they would not have been baked onto the sheet so firmly…. which would have improved cleanup time as well.

Amanda - Rolls 1

Pros:

We all had fun making these. The kids were excited and so was I! Such a simple idea and very kid friendly.

Cons:

They didn’t turn out as lovely as Allie’s. In fact my kids kind of picked at the gooey center (mine did not turn into magical syrup like hers’ either) and then asked if they HAD to eat them.

Amanda - Rolls 2

Conclusion:

Not a winner in the taste category but they really were fun to bake. I don’t know that I would make these again in this method but might consider adding a bit of chocolate and mini marshmallows for a s’mores-like knock off. Pretty sure I could get everyone on board with that idea!

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Sarah

Mission: To make a yummy treat for the kids…oh and me!

 

Details:

I had all of these ingredients on-hand, which made this recipe even easier from the get-go – I love when that happens!

  • I melted the butter in a glass dish, got the cinnamon sugar mix ready, put the marshmallows in a bowl and started prepping these. I have a silly phobia of things that “pop”, such as balloons, fireworks, guns AND crescent roll tubes…so I secretly hate using these. My husband has a good time making fun of me for this fear of mine. But, I power through opening the tube and forge ahead.
  • Anyway, once I was all set up, the process of making the resurrection rolls was very quick and easy. Outside of getting my hands coated in butter and sugar, it was a smooth process.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Make sure to tightly secure the crescent roll around the marshmallow to avoid having it spilling out the sides as mine did. It ended up being messy and not as cute as they should have been once baked.

Sarah - Rolls 1

Pros:

Minimal ingredients and delicious!

Cons:

A bit messy to create, and if you didn’t secure them tightly enough, messy to get them off the cookie sheet.

Sarah - Rolls 2

Conclusion:

A yummy treat to nosh on for this Easter!

 

 

Reviewer #4 – Janet

Mission:  I was hesitant with this project at first. It was definitely something I personally wouldn’t have picked out to try.

 

Details:

  • I got the marshmallows and crescent rolls at the grocery store and had everything else on had.
  • It was really easy to put together!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Definitely put some effort into pinching the dough closed, I didn’t do this very well and as you can see, melted marshmallow all over the pan!

These are tastiest right out of the oven, don’t let them cool before eating because they get hard and very sticky.

Janet - Rolls 1

Pros:

These tasted really good!

Cons:

Sticky melted marshmallows all over the cooking pan. Made it difficult to get the rolls off the pan without pulling them apart!

Janet - Rolls 2

Conclusion:

These turned out okay, but I don’t know if it is something that I would make again. The story on the blog is really sweet and would be fun to tell to kids while making the rolls.

 

 Rolls Conclusion

 

The lovely Resurrection Rolls and their photo by Eat at Allie’s


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Sick of the pastel pile on that is the current Bunny repertoire?

 

Oh Joy! has given the Easter egg-dying tradition a makeover with her {EVERYDAY PARTY} NEON DIP-DYED EGGS…

 

Please click here to visit Oh Joy! and see the instructions that we followed!

 

 

Reviewer #1 – Sheri

Mission:  Make some fun, vibrant neon eggs…with going to the drugstore to get a PAAS kit.

 

 

Details:

I have to admit, I didn’t include my kids in making these. I didn’t have the patience.
I ended up using gel food coloring, instead of regular food coloring. 1 tsp of gel food coloring did the job. Just make sure you whisk it well.

  • ½ cup of hot tap water
  • 1 tsp of white vinegar
  • 1 tsp of gel food coloring

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Don’t rush; make sure the eggs are dry and cool.

Definitely wear rubber gloves!

Clear Plastic 9-Ounce Party Cupswould be perfect for this project.

Sheri - Eggs 1

Pros:

Very, very easy to do and inexpensive.

Cons:

Feeling guilty for not including my kids.

In order to get a vibrant half-colored egg, you have to stand there and hold the egg straight up for quite a while.

Sheri - Eggs 2

Conclusion:

I will definitely be doing this again with my kids…when I don’t want my eggs looking picture perfect.

It was easy and inexpensive. Yes, it can be messy, but any kind of dyeing of Easter eggs is!

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Kristy

Mission: Have some fun on an activity I haven’t done since I was a kid!

 

Details:

  • Bought a package of liquid Neon Food Color and the old school egg dying kit
  • Used a cake rack for drying
  • I didn’t have regular vinegar on hand so I used Apple Cider Vinegar

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Have patience…I failed at this!

Wear gloves, my hands looked a mess after! Be careful on anything you touched…the dye may stain (although then you could try out the Homemade Shout Stain Remover)!

Kristy - Eggs 1

Pros:

Fun and easy project! Can’t wait to do this once I have kids.

Loved the vibrant, neon colors and the vinegar is supposed to make it even brighter!

Cons:

If you are looking for perfection you must have patience!  I didn’t have patience to wait for a deep color or to let the eggs dry 15 minutes between dipping.

 Kristy - Eggs 2

Conclusion:

Definitely had fun with this project!  Mike joined me and was getting into the different colors!

Great project for kids…just be careful with the dyes!

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Sarah

Mission: To create some adorable Easter eggs with the kids.

 

Details:

First off, my son was beyond excited to try this – he had been asking to open the dye for days! So, once my youngest went down for her nap, we set up shop and got going.

  • fingerstainingI was able to find the PAAS Color Cupsand the neon food coloring easier than I expected and of course found them both at my second home, good ol’ Super Target. Seriously, I live at this place and sometimes more than I am at home. It is one of the few places I can take all three children and keep them contained as I shop.
  • After placing a paper bag on the table and taping it down with masking tape, I prepped the colors as specified. The neon food coloring I found was a four pack of purple, pink, teal and orange. The kids dunked their eggs all the way under for an all over color result while I tried unsuccessfully at making mine more mod with white space and such.
  • I hadn’t expected the neon dyes to stain – but should have read the label on the food coloring a bit further. My son put almost his entire hand into the teal dye and will have Smurf fingers for a few days.
  • When we were pleased with our dying job, we then set the eggs on a cookie rack over a muffin pan to dry.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Follow her directions and use rubber gloves if you want to avoid any staining of your hands. If I haven’t mentioned before, I am sometimes horrible at following directions to a “T”, and I grazed over this mention somehow! Oops!

Sarah - Eggs 1

Pros:

Beautiful and intense colors when finished – just gorgeous!

These bright colors make me so excited for spring and the Easter holiday.

Cons:

The food coloring will stain your fingers and clothes, so be prepared for that if you are working with wee ones.

I tried using the egg dipper at first, but it just wasn’t working well for me so I resorted to my hands…hence more staining.

Sarah - Eggs 2

Conclusion:

These don’t look like my momma’s Easter eggs! This project was such a fun spin on a tried and true tradition for this holiday. You must give this one a try! Plus, having fun colored hard-boiled eggs helps to get your kiddos to eat them up!

 

 

Alicia - TCCReviewer #4 – Alicia

Mission: To create beautiful vibrant Easter Eggs with a few household ingredients.

 

Details:

This was very easy to follow!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I happened to run into Easter egg dipping cups for $.99 at Menards. These cups were great for holding the vinegar, water and dyes and can be reused!

The original directions called for t-pins, foam and brown paper bags. I do not use any of these items. I covered my work surface with wax paper and used my cake drying rack. This worked perfectly!

Also, the longer you leave the egg in the dye mixture, the more vibrant your color will be. I left my eggs in the mixture for about 10 minutes max.

Alicia - Neon Eggs 1

Pros:

Very east to follow the directions. The eggs turned out vibrant and colorful.

Cons:

The dye mixture stains! Be sure to wear gloves and cover your work area. The tips of my fingers were purple for days.

Alicia - Neon Eggs 2

Conclusion:

I couldn’t be more pleased with how my eggs turned out. I love bright colors. It reminds me that Spring is on its way!

Although, my kids were desperate to get involved and help, I decided that this project was best left to the adults because of the staining factor.

Happy Easter!

 

 

Reviewer #5 – Katie

Mission: Create Easter eggs in Spring’s hottest hues: NEON!!

 

 

Details:

  • Gather supplies, most of which I had at home: white vinegar, eggs, Neon Food Coloring, containers to place eggs in for dying, a drying rack, newspaper, and gloves to protect your fingers from becoming neon, too!
  • Boil the eggs, let cool and then get to dipping!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Follow suggested amount of dye…I used probably half as many drops as suggested and my neon colors were muted…but still pretty!

Martini glasses used to hold each dye color worked really well for this project!

Katie - Eggs 1

Pros:

Who doesn’t love dying eggs for Easter?

Cons:

NONE!

Katie - Eggs 2

Conclusion:

This childhood favorite is still fun! The possibilities are endless…let your creative juices flow!

 

 Neon Eggs Conclusion

 

The lovely NEON DIP-DYED EGGS and their photo by Oh Joy!


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