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Easy Bread Machine Easter Bunny Buns

These Easy Bread Machine Easter Bunny Buns are a perfect addition to your Easter dinner! They’re cute and delicious.

If you’re looking for perfect homemade dinner rolls to serve with your Easter dinner this year, these Bunny Buns are it! Make the dough in your bread machine, shape, then bake in the oven. So easy.

two Easter bunny buns on a plate

The cutest addition to your Easter table!

These buns are so cute! I mean, is there anything more Easter-y than bunny shaped buns for dinner?! Your family will love them. Not only are they adorable, but these dinner buns are delicious. They’re especially amazing served warm from the oven with butter!

a plate of dinner rolls

Here’s a little peek at our Easter table setting this year…including Bunny Buns!

a dining table set for Easter dinner

How to Shape Easter Bunny Buns:

Shaping the dough into bunny buns is really easy! Here are some quick reference pictures to help you make these Easter Bunny rolls.

an oval of raw bread dough sits next to a rolling pin

Roll out the dough into a 12 x 8 rectangle. It’s hard to get a rectangular shape so if it looks oblong like mine does in the picture, that’s fine.

dough cut into strips to make Easter bunny buns

Use a pizza cutter or knife to trim off the top and bottom strips, I use these to make the cotton tail. Set aside. Then use the cutter to cut the dough into 10 strips.

dough twisted to make Easter bunny buns

Twist each strip of dough twice so it looks like these ‘bunny’ shapes.

dough for Easter bunny buns on baking sheets

Then using the strips of dough that you set aside, roll them into small balls for the tails. Place the buns on to 2 baking sheets, 5 buns per baking sheet. Let rise for 1 hour then bake.

Easter bunny buns on a plate

Easter Bunny Buns Recipe Tips

  • FLOUR: Use all-purpose flour or bread flour.
  • YEAST: Use fresh Instant Yeast: also called Bread Machine Yeast and Rapid Rise Yeast.
  • BUTTER: Use room temperature salted butter (it has more flavour).
  • MILK: Use warm milk (not hot) or room temperature milk.
  • BUTTERY TOP: When the buns are done baking, immediately brush them with butter. This will give them delicious buttery, shiny tops.
  • STORAGE: Keep the buns in an airtight container or plastic bag at room temperature.
  • MAKE AHEAD: These buns are best enjoyed the day they are made as they do tend to dry out fairly quickly. Next day buns are great if you zap one in the microwave for about 10 seconds. If you want to make them ahead of time I would freeze them.
  • FREEZING: These buns can be frozen for up to 3 months. Store them in an airtight freezer bag.

They don’t have to be perfect.

They don’t. And they won’t be. Sometimes dough has a mind of it’s own when it’s rising and/or baking. It might twist funny, or the twist might come undone. If that happens when they’re still dough, you can try to twist them back, but then let them rise a little longer. I have made several, several batches of these buns and there are ALWAYS a few rogue ones haha.

Easter bunny buns on a plate

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Easy Bread Machine Easter Bunny Buns

two Easter bunny buns on a plate

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These Easy Bread Machine Easter Bunny Buns are a perfect addition to your Easter dinner! They’re cute and delicious.

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Rising Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 10 buns 1x
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Bread Machine

Ingredients

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  • 1 1/3 cup milk (at room temperature)
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter (at room temperature)
  • 3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp bread machine or instant yeast

Instructions

  1. Measure all of the ingredients as listed in the order above, into your bread machine.
  2. Choose the ‘Dough Cycle’.
  3. Once the dough cycle has completed, take the ball of dough out of the bread machine and transfer it to a lightly floured surface and cover with a clean damp tea towel. Let the dough rise for 15 minutes.
  4. Lightly oil 2 baking sheets. You can use olive oil or vegetable oil. Set aside.
  5. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the bread dough into a 12 x 8 rectangle. It’s hard to get a rectangular shape so if it looks oblong like mine does in the picture, that’s fine.
  6. Use a pizza cutter or sharp knife to trim off the top and bottom strips of the ‘rectangle’. I use these pieces of dough to make the cotton tails. Set them aside.

  7. Use the pizza cutter to cut the remaining dough into 10 strips.

  8. Twist each strip of dough twice, spreading out the bunny ears. See pictures.

  9. Then using the strips of dough that you set aside, rip them into 10 small pieces. Take each small piece of dough and roll them into balls for the tails. Place the little tails in the open space at the bottom of the twist (see pictures).

  10. Place the buns on to 2 baking sheets, 5 buns per sheet, making sure to put as much space between the buns as possible.

  11. Cover with the clean damp tea towel and let rest and rise in a warm place for 1 hour, or until the dough has doubled in size.

  12. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

  13. When the buns are done rising, bake for 18-20 minutes. The buns are done when they are golden brown and it sounds hollow when you tap on the tops.

  14. As soon as you take the buns out of the oven, brush the tops with butter.

  15. Let the buns rest for about 10 minutes. If you’re not going to eat them right away, transfer them to a wire rack to sit. Once they’re cooled place in an airtight container.

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    I wanted to share a little behind-the-scenes picture of my puppy, Blu. I was taking pictures on my coffee table, right at his face level! He loves bread so much and was so patient!! haha

    baked buns sitting on a table with a dog in the background

    ​I hope you love these cute bunny buns as much as we do! Hoppy Easter!

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