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 comments on “Bunny Buns”

  1. Those bunnies are cute!

  2. bunnies? or PIKACHUs

  3. 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! 🙂

  4. 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!

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

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

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

  7. I think they are so freakin’ adorable! Bravo

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

  9. hahaha this is so adorably funny! love it.

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

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

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

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

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

  14. 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:)))

  15. 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.

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

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