Catch Peter Cotton Tail hopping down the bunny trail! These Homemade Marshmallow Easter Bunny Paws are the perfect treat to fill up those Easter baskets and are more scrumptious than store bought candies!
“Here come’s Peter Cotton Tail, hopping down the bunny trail.” Those lyrics are from the only Easter song, I know.
My exchange student, who heard Christmas music for the entire month of December, wondered why I wasn’t playing Easter music while making chocolates this week, so I shared with her a tradition from my childhood.
Every Easter we’d wait in anticipation for the airing of Rankin and Bass’ Here Come’s Peter Cottontail television special. So, I dug out my old VHS tape and we watched it while wrapping chocolates.
The next day we were making a batch of homemade marshmallows. I couldn’t get that song out of my head. “Hopping down the bunny trail, hippity, hoppity, Easter’s on its way.”
I had some marshmallow left in my piping bag after making some eggs and decided to pipe out some bunny paws. They looked so cute, that I just had to share them with you, so yesterday I made a whole batch.
Taking pictures and getting a batch of marshmallows piped before they got stiff, was a challenge, but I think I captured the technique well enough for you to follow along.
I used the marshmallow recipe from my Starfish S’Mores project and won’t repeat it here. You can jump over to the Starfish S’More post to find it. Then come back and follow along to make your Marshmallow Bunny Paws. Have everything ready to go before making your marshmallows. You’ll have to work quickly once your marshmallow recipe is ready to go.
Homemade Marshmallow Easter Bunny Paws (makes 24)
1 batch of homemade marshmallows (recipe here)
pink food coloring
2-4 cups powdered sugar
sifter or fine mesh strainer
18″ disposable pastry bags or gallon-size zip-top bags
3-4 parchment paper-lined baking sheets
Before you make your marshmallows, have everything ready. Sift powdered sugar all over your parchment-lined baking sheets. You want the entire pan to be covered in a thin layer of sugar.
Have your piping bags and scissors handy too. If you have someone to work with, you can have one person pipe the white marshmallows while the other does the pink.
- Color about 1/6 of your marshmallow using pink food coloring (I did too much.)
- Fill one piping bag with the pink and another with the white marshmallow.
- Snip off the tip of the bags, making sure the hole in the pink bag is small.
Pipe out bunny paws onto the powdered sugar coated baking pan. I made mine about 3 inches tall and got 24 marshmallow paws.
- Pipe pink spots on the bunny feet to create the pads.
- If your marshmallow has gotten too stiff to pipe, you can heat it up in the microwave for about 10 seconds then continue to pipe.
- After you’ve added pink spots to a few bunny paws, sift some powdered sugar over top and use your finger to flatten out the marshmallows.
- Once you’ve completed a tray of marshmallow bunny paws, sprinkle powdered sugar over the entire tray.
- Allow the marshmallows to dry for at least two hours.
- Once dry, pick up each marshmallow and pat it with your hands, removing all the excess powdered sugar.
- The backside of each marshmallow will really be coated with it, you might even need to scrape it a bit.
- Store in an airtight container for up to several weeks.
Items used to create this project are available on Amazon.com (commission earned for sales)
- cute marshmallow chicks (click the link then scroll down the roundup to see the chicks)
- Starfish S’Mores
- Marshmallow Flags (swap out the square S’More Mallows with homemade marshmallows)
- Marshmallow Easter Eggs
- Homemade Marshmallow Rice Krispie Treats (recipe coming soon to HowToMakeCerealTreats.com)
- Homemade Marshmallow Peeps
- Marshmallow Sea Animals ( Gold Fish and Octopus)
- Marshmallow Penguins
- Marshmallow Bunny Paws
You can see over 100 fun Easter Recipes, here.