Red Nose Day: Do Something Funny for Money! Red Nose Bunnies (Biscuits/Cookies) Recipe

Red Nose Day: Do Something Funny for Money! Red Nose Bunnies (Biscuits/Cookies) Recipe

Red Nose Day:

Do Something Funny for Money!

Red Nose Bunnies (Biscuits/Cookies) Recipe

Red Nose Day: Do Something Funny for Money! Red Nose Bunnies (Biscuits/Cookies) Recipe

Red Nose Day is nearly upon us – in about two weeks time, we will all be able to wear red noses to work, meet friends for lunch wearing them, as well as sleep in them if that’s what floats your boat! Red Nose day alternates each year with a sports (Sport Relief) or comedy (Comic Relief)  related theme for raising money. Millions, and I mean millions, of pounds are raised each year through a variety of ways, some funny (as in this year) and some sporty, as in last year.  It’s been 25 years since Red Nose Day first burst onto our screens and this year, once again, the nation is gearing up to put on their Noses, pull out all the stops, and get fundraising. Whether it’s at work, at school or at home, the money you raise is used to transform the lives of countless people, both here at home in the UK and across Africa…..and here is my humble offering, a Red Nose Bunnies (Biscuits/Cookies) recipe that can me made for a bake sale to sell, and raise money for this amazing cause.

Red Nose Bunnies

Red Nose Bunnies

You may have seen lots of cooking and recipes on the TV already –  The Great British Menu’s brief has been for the competing chefs to create a four-course meal (suitable for a banquet) with a comedy element; so far I have seen balloons attached to plates, bath tubs filled with dessert, a meal served in a box lined with comics, a rabbit dish in a hat and a few more humorous serving ideas. My biscuits (cookies) are easy to make, fun to decorate and even better to eat! They may have a look of Rudolph about them, as one friend commented, but they are definitely Red Nose Bunnies with a very LARGE red nose that set’s them apart from the Easter Bunny! (Although, they can be made without the large red hooter for Easter if you like)

Red Nose Day: Do Something Funny for Money! Red Nose Bunnies (Biscuits/Cookies) Recipe

Red Nose Day: Do Something Funny for Money! Red Nose Bunnies (Biscuits/Cookies) Recipe

You may wonder why I am making my biscuits for Red Nose Day now, well I was asked if I would like to enter into a little baking fun by Sainsbury’s, and as I am a “good time gal” I accepted! The brief was to make and bake some red nose day cookies and decorate them…….I think I have fulfilled that  brief and can I just say, I had a HUGE amount of fun in the kitchen! I used my own standard recipe suitable for iced biscuits, and added vanilla as the flavouring; but, grated orange or lemon zest would also be a great ingredients to add for a zingy citrus-flavoured biscuit. I could have made the Red Nose Day Cookies on the Sainsbury’s website, as they look fun, but I had it in mind that a nice spring bunny would be fun to make, with Easter being so close to Red Nose Day this year, so it’s Bunnies Away!

Red Nose Day: Do Something Funny for Money! Red Nose Bunnies (Biscuits/Cookies) Recipe

Red Nose Day: Do Something Funny for Money! Red Nose Bunnies (Biscuits/Cookies) Recipe

There’s also a The Great Comic Relief Bake Off too…..you may have seen that on the TV already, it really was a scream! The Great Comic Relief Bake Off may be over, but you can still get in on the Bake Off action with your own Red Nose Day bake sale. There’s a lovely little kit with top tips and tools that’ll help you use the power of cakes to make the world a better place. And for true Bake Off perfection, you can also get your own Great Comic Relief Bake Off apron and whip up some tasty treats with their fab recipe book.

Mary Berry

Mary Berry says “No soggy bottoms please!”

I hope you enjoy my recipe, if you make it, the recipe is below and I although I have listed what I used to decorate my biscuits with, please do use your own ideas, as long as the bunnies have a red nose! Before I go, here are a few ideas how you can raise money this year: Throw a Red Nose Day party and charge entry on the door; Host an eighties quiz night and see who’s got the knowledge; Download our sweepstake poster now and charge people to take part; Get together with some baking buddies and bake for a bake sale or get sponsored to spend a day dressed as your favourite eighties star! That’s all for today, I will be back with a NEW and delicious 5:2 recipe idea tomorrow, so after all of this sugar and spice, do pop back later! Karen 

Red Nose Day: Do Something Funny for Money! Red Nose Bunnies (Biscuits/Cookies) Recipe

Red Nose Day: Do Something Funny for Money! Red Nose Bunnies (Biscuits/Cookies) Recipe

Red Nose Bunnies (Biscuits/Cookies)

Serves 12 Bunnies
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 50 minutes
Allergy Egg, Wheat
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Dessert, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Serve Cold
Occasion Birthday Party, Casual Party, Easter
Region British
By author Karen S Burns-Booth
These fun red nose bunny biscuits (cookies) can be made with the children and also decorated by them too; the recipe was created for Red Nose Day, but these would be great fun for the Easter tea time table too!

Ingredients

Biscuits/Cookies

  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 150g plain flour
  • 50g icing sugar
  • 1 free-range egg yolk
  • Vanilla extract

Icing

  • 125g icing sugar
  • pink food colouring

Decorations

  • glace cherries, cut in half (for the nose)
  • edible decorating pearls (for the ears)
  • chocolate chips (for the eyes)
  • jellied lemon slices, cut in half (for the eyes)
  • jellied lemon slices, the (for the mouth)

Note

These fun red nose bunny biscuits (cookies) can be made with the children and also decorated by them too; the recipe was created for Red Nose Day, but these would be great fun for the Easter tea time table too!

Directions

Step 1 For the biscuits: heat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6. Grease 2 baking trays or line with non-stick baking paper/parchment.
Step 2 Put the butter and flour into a mixing bowl and rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. (Or pulse in a food processor/mixer)
Step 3 Add the icing sugar, egg yolk and a few drops of vanilla extract, and then mix it all together, until it is a soft dough. Wrap in clingfilm and chill for half an hour.
Step 4 Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface and cut into "bunny" shapes with a bunny rabbit cutter.
Step 5 Place the bunny biscuits on the greased/lined baking trays and bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until they are crisp and a pale golden brown. Leave on the baking trays for 2 minutes to firm up then carefully remove to a wire rack to cool.
Step 6 For the decoration: Mix the icing sugar with a little water and the food colouring, adding a little at a time, until it is thick and smooth.
Step 7 Spread the icing over the bunny biscuits and then decorate as shown in the photos with the decorating ingredients.
Step 8 Allow the icing to set and then serve. Can be stored in an airtight tin for up to a week, or the biscuits can be frozen before being decorated.
Red Nose Day: Do Something Funny for Money! Red Nose Bunnies (Biscuits/Cookies) Recipe

Red Nose Day: Do Something Funny for Money! Red Nose Bunnies (Biscuits/Cookies) Recipe

Red Nose Bunnies

Red Nose Bunnies

Disclaimer: I was sent a Sainsbury’s supermarket voucher to help with the ingredient costs for these biscuits. Karen S Burns-Booth

Comments

  1. Kate Williamson says

    Kids will love making these. Shared on Facebook and twitter. Xx Thankyou for a simple but great biscuit idea. Xx

  2. rita cooks italian says

    Beautiful and funny biscuits, Karen! My little boys are getting ready for the red nose day and this seems the perfect treat for the day (along with all the other good things to do in order to raise money!).

  3. Camilla @Fab Food 4 Alll says

    So who’s this supposed friend who said they looked like Rudolph, what a cheek eh (snigger)! Good fund cookies Karen (that must have been a Freudian slip so we’ll go with it), well done too on a very informative post (note to self, copy this)! Do you think the supermarkets order in extra glace cherries every time Red Nose Day comes around? (Next note to self, get shares in glace cherries). Here’s to a sucessful Red Nose Day on 15th March and I hope everyone does something funny for money:-)

    • Karen Booth says

      I WONDER who that friend was eh Camilla? *sniggers back* I am sure that supermarkets may have a watch on their glacé cherries at this time of the year, an alert on sticky red noses! Karen

  4. Fiona Matters says

    These almost made me scream when I saw them at work! Just adorable. I’m doing a big biscuit bake at the moment. Found out my boyfriend loves them and they’re great after coming in from a run. I was also just looking at my glace cherries yesterday thinking that I have to use them up before moving in 2 weeks (squee). Don’t think I have any bunny faces. I do have some adorable teddies though. I’ll maybe have a go and show you the results! Shared on twitter.

  5. Carol says

    I absolutely love rabbits… So when I saw these fabulous cookies on Sainsbury’s FB page I just had to check them out! They are super-cute and wonderful! :o)

  6. Tracy Nixon says

    Shared again on FB. Made these yesterday with my kids – they are taking them to school on Friday for red nose day!

  7. Christine Sunter says

    Wish I’d seen these last week before I faffed around trying to make something with a red nose!

  8. Wendy Tolhurst says

    Will have to give this biscuit recipe a try – whilst I have no problem making cakes, I don’t tend to get such good results from biscuits.

  9. Janet Rumley says

    Lovely idea – I will be fully prepared for next year, and am sure we will manage a try-out before then!

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