I recently purchased a fun, 3D purse cookie cutter set from 3D Cookie Cutter Shop on Etsy. I wanted to change it up for Easter and make it an Easter basket, but went one step further and modified it to make a bunny Easter basket.
Making the cookies is a straightforward process...I rolled out the sugar cookie dough and made a couple of modifications. I added the small circle cookie for a bunny tail to the baskets, and inserted a heart to accommodate the bunny ears. (The heart idea came from the talented Lisa Snyder, The Bearfoot Baker, in her book, 100 Animal Cookies.)
I filled all the pieces (the bottom base was unnecessary) with white royal icing. The cotton tail was dipped in white crystal sugar while the icing was still wet.
After the royal icing was completely dry, I used one of the wonderful stencils from Salsa Sweets to spray on the Gingham pattern (my favorite) with yellow Wilton Color Mist. After it dried, I created the (inner) ears using pink royal icing. The nose is a pink, jumbo heart sprinkle and the cheeks are small, pink confetti sprinkles. The black facial features were drawn on with a food marker. I also attached the bunny tail to the back piece with royal icing, as you can see. A blue flower sprinkle was the final touch.
Once the cookie was finished being decorated, and dry, it was time to assemble the basket. I thickened some white royal icing and put it in a decorating bag with a #16 tip. I applied royal icing to the bottom of the front cookie and to the front of the base cookie and pressed them together. I used a small jar to prop it up while drying.
Next, the sides were attached the same way, and finally the back piece was attached and propped up with small jars also.
Of course, no Easter basket would be complete without Easter grass and Easter candy.