Fruity Pebble Bunnies for Easter

Fruity Pebble Marshmallow Bunnies - from plain to fabulous

Surprise! I really hadn’t planned to post two stories in one day, but the kids are coming for Easter this weekend, and I wanted to share the bunny treats I made for the grandkids, Jonah Bear & Lilly Bug. These bunnies are fun and colorful and are as much (or as little) work as you want them to be.

Here’s what you’ll need:
1 13-oz. box of Fruity Pebble cereal
1 10-oz. bag of miniature marshmallows
1 stick of unsalted butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 bunny shaped cookie cutter
1 pkg. of white melting chocolate for coating
Various frostings & candies for decorating

To start, place the butter in a large saucepan and melt over medium-low heat; continue to cook, stirring often, until the butter just starts to brown lightly. Add the marshmallows and beat with a whisk until completely melted and smooth; whisk in the vanilla extract and remove the pan from the heat.

Pour in the cereal and using a heavy wooden spoon (because it’s sturdier), stir the cereal into the marshmallow mixture until all of the cereal is evenly coated. Pour the cereal mixture into a 13″ x 9″ baking pan that has been lined with parchment or waxed paper. Using a flat spatula, press the cereal mixture into the pan until it is an even thickness throughout. Set aside and allow to cool completely. Once set, cut into bunny shapes with the cookie cutter.

Once your bunnies are firm, melt the white candy coating over a double boiler (or place a metal mixing bowl over a saucepan of boiling water) and stir until the candy has melted. Once it is mostly melted, switch to a whisk and whisk the melted chocolate until smooth. You don’t want any lumps when you’re dipping.

Next, choose how you wish to candy coat your bunnies:

1. To drizzle, spoon the melted candy coating into a plastic bag, pressing it down into one corner. Snip the very tip off the corner with a pair of scissors, and in a back-and-forth motion, drizzle your bunnies with melted candy coating. Allow them to cool completely.

2. To coat your bunnies, place one bunny onto the center of a large fork. Hold the bunny over the bowl of melted candy coating, and using a small ladle, spoon the melted candy coating evenly over the top of the bunny, allowing the excess to drip back into the bowl. Once the excess chocolate has stopped dripping, transfer the bunny to a sheet of waxed paper and gently slide him off the fork. Allow to cool completely.

Next, decide how you wish to decorate your bunnies:

1. For chubby bunny cheeks, cut a mini-marshmallow in half forming two equal circles; attach with a small dab of melted candy coating or frosting.

2. For sweet bunny noses, attach a tic-tac candy just above the cheeks using a color coordinated frosting.

3. For pink bunny tongues, squeeze a little pink frosting from a store-bought tube of decorator frosting.

4. For the easiest eyes on the planet, buy a package of candy eyes from craft or baking stores. My sister gave me a package along with Bakarella’s Cake Pops cookbook, and I’ve been dying to use them. Hey, Sis! Look! I made bunnies!

5. For ears, you can pipe an outline using a small tube of gel frosting, or pipe a fatter line of pink frosting and use a toothpick or skewer to fill in the ears.

6. For whiskers, dip the tip of a toothpick or skewer into black gel frosting (I buy it in a small tube; Wilton brand) and simply poke the toothpick into the cheeks for whisker marks. If you want to get fancier, use dip the tip of the skewer or toothpick into the black gel frosting, lay it along the edge of the cheek, and pull outwards, drawing a whisker line as you go.

Jonah Bear & Lilly Bug are going to love these!

And there you have it. Colorful, fruity, marshmallowy bunnies – just in time for Easter. We here at Casa NanaBread wish you and your family a very Hoppy Holiday weekend. I know. That was corny. But I did it anyway.

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12 responses to “Fruity Pebble Bunnies for Easter

  1. Lady, you are seriously killing me with these bunnies! They couldn’t be any cuter if they came to life and did my laundry for me. OK, so I’m always hoping someone will do my laundry for me, but that’s really not the point. Jonah-bear & Lily-bug are going to *love* them! You are officially the best Nana ever. Just don’t tell my mom I said that.

    Happy Easter, Friend!

    • Oh, wow. If I could get them to come to life and do laundry, I’d make a fortune on them! Too bad that doesn’t work for dust bunnies. I have plenty of those. Thanks for the bunny love, Love!

  2. thegrommommonica

    OK, we are all over this one!! Since we haven’t decorated eggs yet, this might help make up for it! :)
    Thanks, and happy Easter!
    aloha-

  3. First off…Fruity Pebbles is my all time favorite.

    And these are just too cute.

    So, cuteness AND Fruity Pebbles? Heaven.

  4. Cindy

    Adorable NanaBread!! Just wanted to let you know that the lemonade punch was a big hit, thanks for the recipes;
    and Clare and I just got through making our 2nd annual Easter tie-dyed cupcakes!

    • Hooray! I love that the Rainbow Tie-Dyed Cupcakes have become a family Easter tradition for you and your girls. That’s awesome! Also happy to hear one of the punch recipes worked for you. God bless Pinterest and their search bar. Hope you had a wonderful Easter Sunday with your family. Love to you – jeanne

  5. Kat

    How cute ARE those? The Bear and The Bug are just going to love them sick, I think! At this point, my mind is racing with all of the different ways you could shape them for holidays!

    Happy Easter Jeanne – I hope you have a blessed day celebrating with the ones that you love the most!

    • Oh, they loved them sick all right. At one point this weekend, each of the kids said their tummy hurt. Mission accomplished! It’s great to be the grandma. The best part was that those little bunnies tasted just as good as they looked. Incredibly sweet, of course, but fruity and fabulous. Love to you and Marcus! -jeanne

  6. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I was to see the title. I love Fruity Pebble treats! I never make Rice Krispie treats anymore, only Fruity Pebbles.

    Cute bunnies!

    • This was my first Fruity Pebble treats attempt, and for the record – if I’d known they’d be just as delicious as they are cute, I would have started making them years ago. Those bunnies were delicious! Hope you had a hoppy Easter, Thoughtsy!

  7. lvglifeunsmply

    These, my dear Nana, will be next on the “treat” list!! I am soo glad they worked out!! :) YUUMM!
    xo

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