Wishes…

by Sunita on March 21, 2008

It’s Easter time (this year, it falls on Sunday, the 23rd of March). We do not celebrate it, but for those of you who do, my heartiest wishes lay with you during this time of the year.

Easter is a time of springtime festivals. In Christian countries Easter is celebrated as the religious holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the son of God.

The Easter bunny

“Here comes Peter Cottontail
hoppin’ down the bunny trail
Hippity hoppity
Easters on it’s way”

Just as Santa Claus represents Christmas, a hopping life-size bunny with a basket full of colorful eggs is the quintessential image of Easter.

The bunny as an Easter symbol seems to have its origins in Germany, where it was first mentioned in German writings in the 1500s. The first edible Easter bunnies were made in Germany during the early 1800s. And were made of pastry and sugar.

The Easter bunny has its origin in pre-Christian fertility lore. The Hare and the Rabbit were the most fertile animals known and they served as symbols of the new life during the Spring season.

The Easter bunny was introduced to American folklore by the German settlers who arrived in the Pennsylvania Dutch country during the 1700s.The arrival of the “Oschter Haws” was considered “childhood’s greatest pleasure” next to a visit from Christ-Kindel on Christmas Eve. The children believed that if they were good the “Oschter Haws” would lay a nest of colored eggs.

The children would build their nest in a secluded place in the home, the barn or the garden. Boys would use their caps and girls their bonnets to make the nests . The use of elaborate Easter baskets would come later as the tradition of the Easter bunny spread through out the country (more here).

Talking of bunnies, I made some pretty basic, bunny shaped cookies.

The cookies, on their own, are very plain and are great for dunking in your cuppa. But keeping in mind the festivities around, I jazzed them up a bit. I have kept the sugar in the cookies at a minimum, to reduce the overall sweetness… so feel free to sweeten them up if you like, especially if you’re going to have them without the extra adornments.

Here’s how I made them…

What’s needed-

2 C wholewheat flour
1 C coarse semolina
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
a pinch of salt
updated…2 eggs
slightly less than 1/2 C of lightly packed dark brown sugar
2 tblsp olive oil
1/4 C milk

How to-

  1. Whisk together the flour, semolina, soda and salt.
  2. In another bowl, beat the eggs together with the oil, milk and sugar.
  3. Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture and bring everything together with the fingertips.
  4. Form a dough with the mixture but avoid over kneading.
  5. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for 35-40 minutes.
  6. Pre heat the oven at 170 deg C.
  7. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface with a floured rolling pin to about 5-6 mm thickness.
  8. Cut out shapes from the dough (in this case , the bunnies). Gather the trimmings and repeat till all the dough has been used up. I got around 32 cookies.
  9. Place them on a lined baking tray and bake in the centre of the pre heated oven for about 15 minutes or till the tops are firm and golden.
  10. Cool in the pan for a couple of minutes and transfer to a rack to cool completely.
  11. Decorate according to your liking…I covered some of them with melted semi sweet chocolate; drizzled some of the chocolate over some of the cookies;some others were covered with a fondant glaze (made with icing sugar, a little food colouring and water) and used a little icing…left the others plain.

So, there you go…cookies for the occasion. (Back home, ma makes something similar during festivals, but the dough is rolled out and cut into the shape of rings and deep fried.)

I had real fun making these, and with the kids around, they went down a treat…not a bad way to kick start their holidays :-)

By the way, we’re expecting the first snowfall of the season in our neck of the woods by tomorrow…so the bunnies might get a bit snowed on :-D

Happy Easter! have a great weekend!

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{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Dhivya March 21, 2008 at 2:03 am

wow!woderful cookies!looks awesome:))creative idea dear

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2 sandhya March 21, 2008 at 2:33 am

lovely cookies… looks great….

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3 Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) March 21, 2008 at 3:28 am

For someone not celebrating Easter, you are pretty awesome with the Easter treats. Thank you for sharing.

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4 Madhuram March 21, 2008 at 3:42 am

Hi Sunita,

Cute ones. Have you forgot to mention eggs in the ingredients?

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5 Lavi March 21, 2008 at 4:02 am

cute bunny’s sunita..i love to keep on watching them..

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6 Cham March 21, 2008 at 4:34 am

Oh I love those cookies , pretty to showcase , Have a great holiday.

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7 Sreelu March 21, 2008 at 5:35 am

Sunita, cutest eater bunnies :)

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8 Raaga March 21, 2008 at 7:14 am

may I have one please? They’re so cute.

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9 Happy cook March 21, 2008 at 8:52 am

WOw sunita they are just beautiful.
And a lot of work to make them.
ENjoy the easter.

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10 SMN March 21, 2008 at 9:39 am

Hey sunita amazing phtos…

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11 Rachel March 21, 2008 at 10:16 am

those are some well-dones bunnies! love the varied decorations as well..you use semolina in most of ur cookies right…the crescents had them as well…

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12 Saswati March 21, 2008 at 2:29 pm

wow the cookies look gr8..most of your bakes are with very less oil and butter and i love that… ahealthy treat indeed:)

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13 Jaya March 21, 2008 at 2:38 pm

Sunita,
those cookies looks so cute and yum..
very creative ..
Happy easter and Holi
hugs and smiles
jaya

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14 Laavanya March 21, 2008 at 6:01 pm

They look so cute Sunita, nicely decorated.. am sure your kids were thrilled.

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15 sunita March 21, 2008 at 8:18 pm

dhivya,
thanks :-)

sandhya,
thanks dear :-)

nina,
Thanks…btw, I never miss an opportunity to bake :-D

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16 sunita March 21, 2008 at 8:19 pm

madhuram,
thanks..and I have indeed!Have updated the post…thanks for pointing it out.

lavi,
Thanks.

cham,
Thanks…the kids really loved them.

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17 sunita March 21, 2008 at 8:21 pm

sreelu,
Thanks dear :-)

raaga,
Go on,and you’re allowed more tan one :-D

happy cook,
Thanks…you have a nice holiday too :-)

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18 sunita March 21, 2008 at 8:23 pm

rachel,
thanks…as for semolina, well, I do tend to use it…simply love the bite it gives :-)

smn,
Thanks :-)

saswati,
Thanks, and yes, I do try to keep the fats at a minimum.

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19 sunita March 21, 2008 at 8:24 pm

Jaya,
Thanks for your wishes …the same to you and your family :-)

laavanya,
Thanks…and yes, the kiddos did enjoy them :-)

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20 Kalai March 21, 2008 at 9:32 pm

Adorable cookies!! Great post. :)

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21 Cynthia March 21, 2008 at 10:54 pm

Happy Easter my dear sister!

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22 Daily Meals March 22, 2008 at 9:03 am

Looks great…

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23 musical March 22, 2008 at 4:47 pm

Happy Easter to you and family, Sunita! With such beautiful treats to enjoy, it sure is gonna’ be fun weekend :) . The lil’ awesome-twosome must be so thrilled with these cutesy bunnies :) .

Have a great weekend.

musical.

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24 AnuZi March 22, 2008 at 10:55 pm

How cool are those! You are a true talent Sunita!

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25 Namratha March 23, 2008 at 8:06 pm

Those bunnies look adorable Sunita, they look so pretty that I wouldn’t want to eat them :D

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26 RAKS KITCHEN March 24, 2008 at 9:42 am

Looks perfect Sunita! Hope you had a great weekend!

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27 Sig March 24, 2008 at 6:56 pm

OMG those are the cutest cookies I’ve ever seen! Simply adorable… Kids would’ve loved it, huh? :)

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28 sunita March 24, 2008 at 9:09 pm

kalai,
Thanks…

cynthia,
Hope you had a lovely easter :-)

daily meals,
Thanks :-)

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29 sunita March 24, 2008 at 9:16 pm

musical,
Thanks…and yes, th eli’l ones were delighted indeed :-)

anu,
Thanks :-)

namratha,
Thanks…well, the kids definitely thought that they ought to be eaten up :-)

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30 sunita March 24, 2008 at 9:18 pm

rak’s kitchen,
Thanks…hope you had a great weekend too :-)

sig,
Thanks..yes, the kiddos did enjoy them :-)

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31 Shella March 25, 2008 at 11:23 am

Wow great looking cookies sunita. and they are healthy too.

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