These cute bunny balls are fun to make with the family and taste amazing! They will make a cute and delicious addition to your Easter gathering.
One 14.3-ounce package chocolate sandwich cookies, such as
Oreo (about 36 cookies)
6 ounces cream cheese
3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
3/4 teaspoon meringue powder (available in the baking aisle)
Pink gel food coloring
Black gel food coloring
2 cups white candy melting wafers (about 13 ounces)
1 teaspoon refined coconut oil
White sanding sugar, for decorating
Pink sanding sugar, for decorating
45 mini marshmallow
Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
Pulse the cookies in a food processor to fine crumbs. Add the cream
cheese and pulse together until the mixture begins to ball up. Transfer to
a large bowl and knead together a few times until completely combined.
Roll about 1/3 of the mixture into 18 truffles (about 1 level tablespoon
each) and place on one of the prepared baking sheets. Roll the remaining
mixture into 18 larger truffles, (about 1 heaping tablespoon each), and place on the second prepared baking sheet. Refrigerate until firm and chilled through, about 1 hour.
While the truffles chill, prepare the decorations.
For the royal icing, combine the confectioner’s sugar and meringue powder in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat on low speed just to combine. Add 2 1/2 teaspoons water and increase the speed to medium. Beat the mixture until the icing is stiff enough to hold a peak but soft enough to pipe, about 2 minutes. If the icing gets too stiff, add up to 1/2 teaspoon more water.
Divide the icing evenly between 2 bowls. Tint one bowl of icing bright pink using the pink food coloring. Tint the remaining bowl of icing with the black food coloring. Transfer the pink and black icings to separate piping bags (with no cut openings) or to resealable plastic bags and set aside.
For the white coating, combine the candy melting wafers and coconut oil in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave the mixture in 20-second intervals, stirring between each, until the wafers are melted and the mixture is smooth, about 1 minute 20 seconds. Set aside.
Put some white sanding sugar and pink sanding sugar in separate bowls.
For the bunny tails: Cut 9 of the marshmallows crosswise to create 18 halves. Carefully dip one flat side of each marshmallow piece in the white candy coating, let the excess drip off and then dip in the white sanding sugar. Place each marshmallow piece sugar-side up on a plate to set. These will be the bunny tails.
For the bunny ears: Cut 18 of the marshmallows in half on the diagonal to create 18 pairs of bunny ears. Dip the cut side of each marshmallow piece in the pink sanding sugar. Place sugar-side up on the plate with the tails to
For the bunny feet: Cut the remaining 18 marshmallows in half lengthwise to create 18 pairs of feet. Set aside on the plate with the tails and ears.
Put a truffle in the white coating and use 2 forks to evenly coat. Lift out the truffle, letting any excess drip off, then return to the baking sheet. Continue with the remaining truffles (both sizes) until all are all coated. If the coating
cools to room temperature during the dipping process, microwave it in 20-second intervals to reheat. Reserve the leftover white coating to use as glue for the tails, ears and feet.
For the heads: Dip the bottoms of 2 bunny ears in the leftover white coating, place on top of a small truffle and hold in place until the coating sets, about 15 seconds. Snip a very small tip off the corner of each bag of icing.
Pipe a small pink heart for a nose on the front (face) of the truffle. Pipe a pair of eyes and mouth using the black royal icing. Repeat with the remaining small truffles.
For the bottoms: Dip the cut side of a marshmallow tail in the leftover white coating. Place the tail on top of one of the large truffles and hold in place until the coating sets, about 15 seconds. Dip the cut sides of two marshmallow feet in the leftover white coating. Position them on the truffle below the tail and hold until set in place. Use the pink royal icing to pipe a large oval on the top each foot and 3 small circles underneath for toes. Repeat with the remaining large truffles.
Return all the truffles to the refrigerator to set, about 10 minutes. Serve chilled.
Thank you Food Network for this cute Easter Dessert!