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Sugar ‘N Spice Bunnies

  • Intermediate
  • 10 bunnies
  • 1 hr 35 min
Baking Success Or Baking Mess

Ingredients

5-1/2 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 (4-1/2 tsp.) envelopes Fleischmann's® Quick Rise Yeast
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup butter OR margarine
2 eggs
1 package (8 ounces) chopped dates, optional
Powdered Sugar Glaze (recipe follows)
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Combine 2-1/2 cups flour, sugar, undissolved yeast, spices, and salt in a large mixer bowl. Heat milk, water and butter until very warm (120° to 130°F). Gradually add to flour mixture. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed of electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally. Add eggs and 1/2 cup flour. Beat 2 minutes at high speed. Stir in enough remaining flour to make soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes. Cover; let rest 10 minutes.


Set aside about 1/4 cup dates for bunny’s eyes. Knead remaining dates into dough, if desired. Divide dough into 10 equal pieces. Roll each to 24-inch rope. Divide each rope into 1 (13-inch), 1 (6-inch), 2 (2-inch), and 1 (1-inch) strips. Coil 13-inch strip to make body; coil 6-inch strip to make head. Attach head to body; pinch to seal. Shape 2 (2-inch) strips into ears and remaining 1-inch strip into tail. Attach to body and head. Place on 2 greased baking sheets. Cover; let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.


Bake at 375°F for 15 to 20 minutes or until done. Remove from pans; cool on wire racks. Drizzle with Powdered Sugar Glaze. Insert reserved date pieces for eyes.


Powdered Sugar Glaze: Combine powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract. Stir until smooth.


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