Bunny Buns

There have been so many bread roll recipes recently that I’ve been wanting to try. With Easter just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to try making bunny shaped breads.

I’m still working on trying to get my bunnies looking right. I tried making bunny steamed buns previously. My mom called me after I posted the steamed bunny buns to tell me they looked nothing like bunnies. This time I tried to shape the front portion smaller where the head and make the body section wider. But after the dough proofed and after they baked, they basically became a blob again.

Next time I’ll have to take these out about a minute sooner or turn down the heat because the tips of the ears got a little too brown.  For the eyes, I tried two different things. For some of them I stuck brown sprinkles inside. For others I painted melted chocolate. I like the look of the sprinkles pushed inside better.

For the recipe, I tried out this sour cream yeast roll recipe. The rolls were nice and soft.  I am submitting this post to Yeastspotting.

Recipe: Sour Cream Bunny Buns

(Recipe found on Daily Doses of Sugar, originally from Taste of Home Magazine)


  • 2-1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 egg


  1. In a large bowl, combine 1-1/2 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat the sour cream, water and 2 tablespoons butter to 120°-130°; add to dry ingredients.
  3. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add egg and 1/2 cup flour; beat 2 minutes longer. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  4. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. (I used my stand mixer with the dough hook attachment.)
  5. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  6. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into 24 pieces. Shape each into a smooth oval. Try to make one side slightly thinner for the head.  Taking a pair of kitchen sheers, make two cuts on the top of the dough to form ears.  Place bunnies on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  7. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  8. Bake at 375° for about 10 minutes or until golden brown.


31 Responses to “Bunny Buns”

  1. Soo — April 14, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Those bunnies are cute!

    • Kirbie replied: — April 14th, 2011 @ 10:29 am


  2. Cliff — April 14, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    bunnies? or PIKACHUs

  3. caninecologne — April 14, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    HI Kirbie – cute cute cute!!!!! i love them! if i weren’t so lazy and had an aversion of touching dough, i would make these! :)

    • Kirbie replied: — April 14th, 2011 @ 7:59 pm

      Hehee. I always have problems eating the cutesy things though. I don’t know why. I feel guilty eating them.

  4. Shelley — April 14, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    I love these! I can’t wait to try to make them. They look almost like foxes to me, but they are still super-cute!

    • Kirbie replied: — April 14th, 2011 @ 8:01 pm

      Heh. I guess they could be quite a few animals, but I think they are pretty cute whatever they are supposed to be.

  5. Susan — April 15, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    These bunnies are wonderful! And I loved your soft turtle pretzels, which I plan to make soon. Thank you for helping us to make baking both satisfying AND fun!

    • Kirbie replied: — April 15th, 2011 @ 2:55 pm

      So glad you like them!

  6. Donna — April 15, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    They’re adorable. I tried making a bunny shaped bread one year, and it took a long time to get it not to look like a misshapen gargoyle. These are really cute, no matter what animal people think they look like!

    • Kirbie replied: — April 15th, 2011 @ 2:55 pm

      Bunnies seem so simple in theory but mine never look quite like bunnies. I think I’ve had the most success with turtles.

  7. Morgan — April 15, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Sooo adorable! <3

  8. Sandie — April 16, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    I think they are so freakin’ adorable! Bravo

  9. Laura — April 22, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    This is the most adorable/easy recipe I’ve ever seen! So excited to make them for Easter. God bless!

    • Kirbie replied: — April 22nd, 2011 @ 9:23 pm

      Hope you enjoy them!

  10. Hannah@ Bake Five — April 23, 2011 at 3:17 am

    hahaha this is so adorably funny! love it.

    • Kirbie replied: — April 24th, 2011 @ 2:30 am

      I’m going to keep working on trying to get them to look like bunnies. But I think they are cute regardless.

  11. Haley — April 8, 2012 at 11:41 am

    I just made these and they are delicious and they look great! Next time i might try to add little rabbit tails.

    • Kirbie replied: — April 8th, 2012 @ 11:32 pm

      Oh I never thought about adding bunny tails, but that sounds like a great idea! So glad they turned out well for you.

  12. Summer — April 8, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    These are adorable! I like the brown on the ears, they look like little pikachus

    • Kirbie replied: — April 8th, 2012 @ 11:29 pm

      Hehe, they do look a little like pikachus. ;-)

  13. Dave — January 7, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    What do you use for the eyes? I’m guessing some kind of seed.

    • Kirbie replied: — January 7th, 2013 @ 3:47 pm

      Brown colored sprinkles. the long kind (as opposed to the round ones) so you can push it into the dough.

  14. Christine H — March 4, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Man, somehow my bunnies always come out looking like really fat cats. Cute, but not exactly what I’m going for… ~__~

    • Kirbie replied: — March 5th, 2013 @ 12:07 am

      haha. Mine aren’t quite right either. going to try again this year!

  15. Linda Lagnada — March 6, 2013 at 11:44 am

    I am making them as I speak I put them in muffin tins…cut the ears and just poked the eyes w/lg pin…brush them w/egg wash before baking…I think this will be good:)))

    • Kirbie replied: — March 6th, 2013 @ 1:42 pm

      Sounds great!

  16. Angelica Langarica — March 10, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Today I made this for my husband and I. My version of the buns did’t look like exactly a bunny but still were cute. And yummy.

    • Kirbie replied: — March 11th, 2013 @ 8:29 am

      Hehe. I’m going to try to make mine more bunny like this year.

  17. Erika Holeman — March 31, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Hi! I was wondering about how many bunny buns will this recipe yield?

    • Kirbie replied: — March 31st, 2013 @ 9:57 pm


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