One Hour Honey Bunny Buns

Last year I made some bunny buns for Easter. I loved how they came out and I wanted to make something similar this year. Rather than use the same recipe, I tried modifying a 30 minute yeast roll recipe. I also wanted to see if I could fix the ears of my bunnies so that they didn’t stick up so much.

Last year’s sour cream bunny buns


I kept coming across this image for what I thought were bunny shaped breads. After some research, I realized they were actually Japanese manju. The pastry dough doesn’t rise as much, making it easier to shape the ears.

My first attempt, I tried to make deep indent for the ears, but didn’t make complete cuts, wanting the ears to stay on the body. Unfortunately, once they baked, the dough rose too much, and the ears completely disappeared. I tried a few more things, but determined it just wasn’t possible to imitate the Japanese pastries look with the bread since the bread rises too much.

So I had to go back to my original method. They are still pretty cute in my opinion. These are easy to make and are perfect for Easter Sunday. The yeast does not have as much time to rise as a regular bread recipe, so the dough is a little sweeter and has a little bit of a yeasty taste to it, but it’s still good. Since the dough was already sweet, I brushed the tops with honey too after they were done baking.

Last time, I stuck sprinkles in for the eyes. This time, I decided to try something else. I used thin chopsticks with a round tip to poke eyes into the finished baked breads.

One Hour Honey Bunny Buns


1 Cup plus 2 Tbsp warm water (about 100F)
1/3 Cup oil
2 Tbsp active dry yeast
1/4 Cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1 egg
3 1/2 Cups bread flour
1/3 cup of honey, warmed


1. In your stand mixer, combine the water, oil, yeast and sugar and allow it to rest for 15 minutes. Using your dough hook, mix in the salt, egg and flour and knead the dough for six minutes with dough hook on medium to high speed.
2. Preheat oven to 400F. Form dough into 24 balls and place on cookie sheets lined with silpat mats. Shape each ball into an oval shape, with one end (where face will be) thinner than the other end of egg/oval shape. Allow to rest for 15 minutes, until dough has risen at least 1 1/2 times original size.
3. Take sharp kitchen scissors, and cut ears (see photo from post) from the more narrow/thinner end. Make sure you make the ears very deep cuts, almost to the bottom of the dough, otherwise the ears will lose their shape during baking. Bake for about 11-13 minutes at 400 degrees or until tops turn golden brown.
4. While buns are cooling, brush tops with warm honey. Use chopsticks with round tip to poke eyes into face of bunnies.

Bread recipe adapted from recipe found on Your Homebased Mom, originally from Suzie Roberts author of “Girlfriends on the Go”

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20 comments on “One Hour Honey Bunny Buns”

  1. Awww they are so cute! Just adorable

  2. Blog twin, these are insanely cute! I hate working with yeast, but may have to suck it up and make these bunnies…maybe 😉

    • Haha. Give it a try. The nice thing about these fast yeast breads is that it won’t take a few hours effort to realize if you’re successful or not. The worst thing about yeast recipes for me is having to wait around a few hours or all day only to realize I failed.

  3. These are adorable! I’d never have thought of using scissors to cut out a pair of bunny ears, that is genius.

  4. Did you poke holes for eyes before baking or after?

    They are so cute! I’m thinking of making it for my team meeting this week 🙂 I’m glad I found this blog! Thanks!

  5. If I were to say make one or two giant bunny bun loaves, what do you think the baking time and temperature would be?

  6. Do I use rapid yeast or normal yeast?

    • normal active dry yeast! Sorry I didn’t specify. But it’s regular yeast in my recipes unless it’s something different and then I will emphasize it’s not the standard one.

  7. I am excited about making these tomorrow..I love yeast rolls and this is soeasy..
    I too saw the Japanese receipe and was so disappointed until I found yours..Thanks !

    • Hope you enjoy these. I’m still trying to find the manju recipe for those Japanese ones. Would love to try to attempt them some day.

  8. These are too cute! What kind of yeast did you use?

  9. Will it stay shape if I shaped these into bear form?

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