wow, easter really snuck up on me this year. maybe it was because the teen had spring break so stinking early, but i was so thrown off schedule that i never even got around to buying easter-shaped cookie cutters.
and so the day before the bean's easter party at school, i found myself wandering the aisles of michael's and joann's looking for something suitable. i'd signed up to bring cookies and juice boxes, which i figured would be fun practice for me. i really wanted an egg-shaped cutter, but ended up settling for a bunny instead. my goal was to make cute little chick cookies like the ones i found on another blog, but i decided that i could still get the same result even if i used a circle instead.
mixing up the dough and rolling it out is pretty much second nature by now. and i was pretty stoked to finally use up the last of this giant bottle of vanilla extract. i've had it for ages (i'm talking YEARS here. thank goodness it's alcohol-based and never expires) and have packed and unpacked it during about half a dozen different moves. heh.
and i managed to score these bakery emulsions at ross, of all places - for a fraction of the cost i've seen them online for. these are super duper concentrated flavors, even more so than regular extracts you find at the grocery store.
i was kind of bitter when i started moving the baked bunny cookies from the silpat to my cooling rack, because i didn't wait long enough (such an impatient mofo, i am) and ended up snapping off an ear.
although it ended up okay, because i used it for test purposes - trying out the face and outlining the ear to see if i liked how it looked.
aren't they cute?
my little chicks turned out really well, too.
since the bunnies were rather big - like almost 6" tall! - i decided to wrap them up and give them to the kids in the bean's class as a take-home. maybe they could share it with a sibling or their parents or something.
i'll have to remember to hit up the craft stores for cutters waaaaay in advance from now on. lesson learned.