One of my most beloved family traditions happens this weekend on Easter. I make giant GINGER BUNNY cookies and personalize them and then when the Easter Bunny comes, he places the cookies in each person's basket. In the morning as children search for their basket, these bunny cookies help them find the right one.
When my mother was a young mother and preparing for Easter, she wanted to go to See's Candies and buy a really nice chocolate egg for each child (personalized) my father told her "absolutely not" and so after feeling sorry for herself for a few hours, she devised a homemade alternative that has become a favorite memory for me and me sisters and is now being continued in our homes.
Here's my little cookie pattern, made from a brown paper grocery sack (just like mom's) I fold it up and tuck it into my recipe box every year. It's now got that great kitchen patina that is a combination of flour and shortning residue. I scanned the pattern and the recipe and printed them to include on a scrapbook page
Here's the Recipe for Ginger Bunnies:
1/2 C shortning
1/2 C sugar
1/2 C molassas
Cream together and add …
1/4 C water
2 1/2 C flour
3/4 t salt
1/2 t soda
3/4 t ginger
1/4 t nutmeg
Chill dough for 2-3 hours or overnight and roll out to 1/4" thick. Lay pattern on top of dough and cut around it with a small, sharp knife. Bake cookies at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Do NOT overbake. Let cookies cool and ice the tail and front ear and personalize with icing in a tube.
I grabbed some photos from my Spring highlight folders (FYI for my LOM students)
Here's Clark a couple of years ago, and …
and cute little Tafty too.
And Trey. Sometimes I put coconut on the tail and sometimes sprinkles. Each year they are a little bit different. Sometimes I remember to make my dough (and the cookies) a couple of days ahead of time and at least twice I've completely forgotten until like 10:00pm on Saturday night — this makes for a tired mommy on Easter morning.
Anyway, the whole reason I posted this …
imagine my surprise at seeing these colorful sugar cookies in the Williams Sonoma catalog. I can't help but wonder if somehow, somewhere … someone associated with WS product development saw a photo of my mom's Ginger Bunny creations. Wouldn't that be cool to find out? Obviously, my mom is not the only person with clever ideas, but these are so similar. The shape of the bunnies and the name and … I've never heard of anyone else making GIANT bunny cookies with names. What if … my mom's long ago solution inspired a product in a fancy, schmancy catalog like this?
I'm going to post the first layout I did about our ginger bunny tradition in a day or two. I'm also going to make a new page this year. I challenge you to do the same. Think about a tradition (doesn't have to be related to Easter) and take a few minutes to write down the story behind it. Be intentional about finding or taking some illustrative photos and make this story a part of your scrapbook history!
OK, and if you click on the pattern/recipe image above, it will enlarge and you can save it and use it to create your own pattern … if you want to make GINGER BUNNIES!!