These bunny biscuits are not a late Easter posting, they are a celebration of my new little bunnies, Bae and Billie! I saw these adorable cookie cutters in a pound store and just had to have them! So, Bae and Billie, wow after just a few weeks I have some stories to tell! I now have 6 house bunnies, and possibly more to come!
So I took Bae and Billy, both males and just 8 weeks old, home just before my trip to Rome last month. My sister looked after the bunnies whilst I was away. I knew Bae was a ‘special’ bunny before I even got him home – he has cheeky written all over his adorable little face. But I wasn’t quite prepared for how cheeky and special when I got a call from my sister, whilst in Rome, to tell me that she had come home one day to find Bae stuck down the toilet! Thankfully, he was Ok, but not before being totally exhausted and scaring my sister half to death! Then, he became a little ‘mature’ and dominant and consistently mounted little, quiet, gentle Billie. Billie was so lovely and calm, and did not fight Bae for dominance, yet Bae did not stop enforcing his status. This was the first sign. As the days passed, I became increasingly concerned about Billie’s gender. Apart from the mounting, there wasn’t really anything to point to any concerns, I just had a gut feeling and his behaviour was that of a female, having 3 girls already, I knew what the behaviour of each sex was like. But I struggled to sex him myself, I tried once and he and Bae seemed to look the same so I just thought I was being paranoid, then about a week later I checked and they had obviously developed quite a lot as, Billy was quite obviously a Billie. Bae was going in to be neutered the following day so I took Billy along to have the vet confirm the sex. And, yes, Billy became Billie. This was no problem, apart from the fact that they had mated before neutering so there is every chance there may be some baby bunnies on the horizon!
So, in honour of all of my beautiful bunnies, my newcomers and the possible babies in Billie’s tummy, I baked these lovely shortbread biscuits with my new cookie cutters, and we all enjoyed them, bunnies and all!
125g soft, unsalted non dairy margarine
60g caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
125g plain flour
60g fine semolina
- Line 2 baking trays with baking paper and sprinkle lightly with flour.
- Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy and then beat in the flour and semolina until the mixture just comes together as a dough.
- Flour your hands and then break off golf ball sized pieces of dough (more or less depending on your cookie cutter size) and press onto the baking paper, roll until about 5mm thick then cut out the dough using cookie cutters and remove the trimmings. Continue until your trays are full of cookie dough and all the dough is used up. Leave about a cm between each cookie.
- Place the trays of dough in the freezer and preheat oven to 180c. After 15 minutes, remove the trays from the freezer and bake for 12-15 minutes until the cookies are golden brown. Leave to cool on the trays for at least 5 minutes to firm up before transferring to a wire rack to cool. Sprinkle with caster sugar or decorate with icing before serving.