Bunny Cinnamon Rolls

LAST UPDATED: Apr 10, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Mar 25, 2013 | By: Julie Blanner

Easy Easter Bunny Cinnamon Rolls are made from scratch or a can, your choice! These cute rolls are a perfect Easter brunch recipe or a themed baby shower. They are so easy and they are a great recipe to make with the kids.

easter brunch bunny cinnamon rolls on a white plate

It’s no secret that I like cute Easter recipes like a Carrot Shaped Cheese Ball, a Bunny Carrot Cake Cheese BallCottontail Cupcakes or Bunny Butt Cake – but these Bunny Cinnamon Rolls are so easy, even kids can make them!

You can make them from a can, with crescent rolls, from frozen rolls, or even better – from scratch using my Bakery Cinnamon Roll or Orange Roll recipe.

They’re perfect for a Saturday morning, Easter brunch, Mother’s Day brunch, or even a Woodland Baby Shower!

Instead of rolling, you make a couple tweaks to make these adorable treats that are oh so memorable!

Bunny Cinnamon Roll Ingredients

  • Milk – Whatever you have on hand.
  • Butter – Salted or unsalted, whatever you have on hand. Reduce salt in the recipe should you use salted butter.
  • Flour – All purpose flour.
  • Sugar – White Granulated sugar.
  • Salt – Brings out all the other flavors in this easy recipe.
  • Active Quick Rise Yeast – The leavening agent that keeps these rolls quick and simple – in under an hour. To substitute, 1 envelope active dry yeast = 2¼ teaspoons active dry yeast OR 1 envelope active dry yeast = 2¼ teaspoons rapid-rise yeast
  • Egg – The dough for these rolls comes together quickly and easily with the aid of a stand mixer. Use unsalted butter for this dough, if you do use salted, you may want to decrease the amount of salt added.
  • Brown Sugar – You can substitute white sugar, if needed, but brown sugar is traditional for cinnamon rolls and caramelizes when baked.
  • Cinnamon – Adds a little warmth and traditional flavor.
  • Heavy Cream – This is poured on top of the rolls before they are baked in the oven. The secret ingredient (and step) that make these these rolls stand above the rest! Covering them with heavy cream makes these thick, fluffy rolls so moist!

For the Icing

  • Cream Cheese – Whatever you have on hand.
  • Butter – Salted or unsalted.
  • Powdered Sugar – Really fine sugar also knows as confectioners sugar. If you don’t have any, you can simply puree granulated sugar in a food processor until fine. It gives the icing a smooth consistency.
  • Heavy Cream – You can substitute milk, if needed, to thin the icing.
Easter brunch bunny rolls on a white plate with text overlay

How to Make Bunny Cinnamon Rolls

  1. If you’re using a can, unroll 2 rolls in lieu of this step. If you’re making them from scratch, keep reading! Roll the dough in a rectangle as you normally would and cut into 2/3 and 1/3. Spread melted butter on top. Combine cinnamon & sugar & sprinkle on top. Refrain from sprinkling cinnamon and sugar at the edges if you’re making them from scratch.
    The dough rolled into a roll
  2. Cut into strips, roll and seal {pinching your fingers with water} the larger side into a roll.
    Shaping the dough into bunny ears
  3. (Both can and homemade) Cut the smaller portion into strips folding each side to meet in the middle as shown above. Seal by pinching with water. Do the same to adhere both pieces together creating bunnies like you see below:
    The bunny cinnamon roll before being bakedBunny cinnamon rolls on a baking sheet ready to bake
  4. Don’t forget to cover them in cream before baking – that’s what makes them so great!
    bunny shaped cinnamon rolls with icing served for easter brunch
  5. and coooooover them in icing! Use my Cinnamon Roll Icing or Cream Cheese Icing for Cinnamon Rolls

Can You Make Bunny Cinnamon Rolls Ahead Of Time?

If you are organized and want to get ahead with things for your Easter brunch, you can shape the rolls and then cover them with plastic wrap and keep them in the fridge overnight. In the morning preheat your oven, pour over the cream and bake.

You can also bake these rolls ahead of time and keep them covered in the fridge. Gently reheat them in the oven and spread over the frosting before serving.

Tips

Variations

  • Canned Dough – Make these cute bunny cinnamon rolls with a canned dough to save time. I’ve given you the instruction below to make the dough from scratch if you prefer.
  • Crescent Rolls – You can make these with crescent rolls using my Easy Cinnamon Roll recipe!
  • Orange Rolls – Bunnies look cute and springy dressed in orange! Substitute orange zest for cinnamon and use this amazing Orange Glaze recipe to top them!
  • Caramel Rolls – True to bunny color and amazing flavor!
  • Classic Cinnamon Roll Icing – Not a fan of cream cheese? No problem! You’ll love this Cinnamon Roll Icing.
easter bunny cinnamon rolls

Bunny Cinnamon Rolls

Julie Blanner
This is the Best Cinnamon Roll recipe, ready to enjoy in an hour! Shaped into bunnies for the ultimate Easter brunch!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine American
Servings 12 rolls
Calories 491 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup butter salted or unsalted
  • 3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package active quick rise yeast
  • 4 tablespoons butter melted
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cups heavy cream

ICING

  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk/heavy cream

Instructions
 

How to Make Cinnamon Roll Dough

  • In a saucepan over medium heat, add milk & butter. Stir until melted & remove from heat.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine 2¼ c flour, sugar, salt. Add yeast & lukewarm milk mixture. Combine. Add egg.
  • Using the dough hook attachment on your mixer, knead while gradually adding in 1 c flour until the dough forms a ball & pulls aways from the edges of the bowl. You can also knead by hand.
  • Let dough rest for 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Making the Bunnies

  • If you're using a can, unroll 2 rolls in lieu of this step. If you're making them from scratch, keep reading!
    Roll the dough in a rectangle as you normally would and cut into 2/3 and 1/3. Spread melted butter on top. Combine cinnamon & sugar & sprinkle on top. Refrain from sprinkling cinnamon and sugar at the edges if you're making them from scratch.
  • Cut into strips, roll and seal (pinching your fingers with water) the larger side into a roll.
  • Cut the smaller portion into strips folding each side to meet in the middle as shown in the photos in the post. Seal by pinching with water. Do the same to adhere both pieces together creating bunnies.
  • Cover rolls in ¼ c heavy cream. Bake 15-20 minutes, or until slightly golden.
  • Mix icing ingredients until smooth & drizzle over rolls.

Notes

Substitutions

  • Milk – Whatever you have on hand.
  • Butter – Salted or unsalted, whatever you have on hand. Reduce salt in the recipe should you use salted butter.
  • Active Quick Rise Yeast – The leavening agent that keeps these rolls quick and simple – in under an hour. To substitute, 1 envelope active dry yeast = 2¼ teaspoons active dry yeast OR 1 envelope active dry yeast = 2¼ teaspoons rapid-rise yeast
  • Brown Sugar – You can substitute white sugar, if needed, but brown sugar is traditional for cinnamon rolls and caramelizes when baked.
  • Heavy Cream – Optional

For the Icing

  • Cream Cheese – Whatever you have on hand.
  • Butter – Salted or unsalted.
  • Powdered Sugar – Really fine sugar also knows as confectioners sugar. If you don’t have any, you can simply puree granulated sugar in a food processor until fine. It gives the icing a smooth consistency.
  • Heavy Cream – You can substitute milk, if needed, to thin the icing.

Variations

  • Canned Dough – Make these cute bunny cinnamon rolls with a canned dough to save time. I’ve given you the instruction below to make the dough from scratch if you prefer.
  • Crescent Rolls – You can make these with crescent rolls using my Easy Cinnamon Roll recipe!
  • Orange Rolls – Bunnies look cute and springy dressed in orange! Substitute orange zest for cinnamon and use this amazing Orange Glaze recipe to top them!
  • Caramel Rolls – True to bunny color and amazing flavor!
  • Classic Cinnamon Roll Icing
     
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Nutrition

Calories:491kcalCarbohydrates:66gProtein:6gFat:23gSaturated Fat:14gCholesterol:79mgSodium:293mgPotassium:110mgFiber:2gSugar:38gVitamin A:796IUCalcium:69mgIron:2mg
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