Lemon – Coconut Cottontails are an easy no-bake treat for Easter. A delicious combination of sweet and tart, these “Cottontails” are a crowd-pleaser that everybunny will love!
A variation of Coconut Orange Snowballs, these “Cottontails” start with a box of vanilla wafers. For the best flavor and texture, store these no-bake treats in the refrigerator and serve them chilled. You can also make this recipe ahead and freeze, pulling out a few at a time if you have cookie emergency!
These no-bake treats are a breeze to make with the food processor, but can be made with a mixer or mixed by hand if you prefer.
I don’t use the food processor as frequently as I might have until recently, since I hated the clean up. I had a light bulb moment when it occurred to me to place a piece of plastic wrap between the top and the bowl to keep it free of splatters if I’m not using the feed tube so I can only have the blade and bowl to wash.
Update 4 /7 A reader, Mary, left a comment:
I used to put a piece of plastic over the processor bowl and under the lid until, because of the pressure of closing the lock with the plastic in place, it actually broke part of the locking mechanism. I now have to stand and hold the lid down when I use the processor. Not worth the time saving of not having to wash the top.
Note: I have used plastic wrap for about 6 months on my processor bowl without incident, but proceed with caution!
No Bake Lemon – Coconut “Cottontails”
Makes about 4 dozen
1 (11 oz.) box Vanilla Wafers
1/2 c. (1 stick) butter, melted
1 lb. box powdered sugar
6 oz. frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed (half of 12 oz. can)
Zest of 1 large lemon
1 c. chopped pecans
8 oz. pkg. shredded sweetened coconut –> best with a moist shredded coconut, like Baker’s Angel Flake Coconut brand, which I didn’t use this time and has better ‘sticking power’
Pulse vanilla wafers into fine crumbs in food processor. Add powdered sugar to wafers next, pulsing to combine dry ingredients. Add melted butter, thawed lemonade concentrate, lemon zest and chopped pecans and pulse together until blended. Scoop out a large tablespoon and roll into bite size ball. Roll balls in coconut. Keep refrigerated for best flavor and texture.
No Bake Lemon – Coconut Cottontails
- food processor
- 1 11 oz. box Vanilla Wafers
- 1/2 c. (1 stick) butter melted
- 1 lb. box powdered sugar
- 6 oz. frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed (half of 12 oz. can)
- 1 lemon, zested
- 1 c. chopped pecans
- 8 oz. pkg. shredded sweetened coconut best with a moist, shredded coconut like Baker's Angel Flake Coconut brand, which has better sticking power
- Pulse vanilla wafers into fine crumbs in food processor. Add powdered sugar to wafers, pulsing to combine dry ingredients.
- Add melted butter, thawed lemonade concentrate, lemon zest and chopped pecans and pulse together until blended.
- Scoop out by large tablespoon and roll into bite size ball.
- Roll balls in coconut.
- Keep refrigerated until ready to serve for best flavor and texture.
- These no-bake treats are a breeze to make with the food processor. Mixture is thick but the can be made with a mixer or mixed by hand instead of a food processor.
- Best with a moist shredded coconut, like Baker’s Angel Flake Coconut brand, which has better ‘sticking power’.
- Mini muffin cup liners are a festive a way to serve these “Cottontails” for a baby or bridal shower. I like to use two liners per treat, placing one inside out so you see the pattern.
- When zesting lemon (or any citrus) use colored peel only, not white pith underneath, which is bitter.
- Keep refrigerated for best flavor and texture.
Mini muffin cup liners are a festive a way to serve these “Cottontails” for a baby or bridal shower. I like to use two liners per treat, placing one inside out so you see the pattern.
I used a large cake pedestal and then stacked a bunny cake plate, then bunny cupcake stand on top, for a three-tiered pedestal to serve!
Note: This recipe was originally written using Lemon Nilla Wafers which are no longer available. It has been adapted to use plain vanilla wafers and lemon zest.
Find a round-up of Spring or Easter Dessert Recipes, HERE.
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Great treat for any occasion! Love the stackable plates. Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas.
You’re an inspiration to us all…..
YUM YUM YUMMY!!! 🐇🐇🐇🐇🐇
Adorable treats Mary! I know this combination of lemon and coconut has to be a winner. I love all your special touches of the liners and stacked cake plates too. 🐇 Jerri
Eureka Mary! Your tip with the plastic wrap is so smart and seems so obvious, I don’t why I didn’t think of it!! Love these little cottontails too!
Mary, what a cute idea! I have napkins that match that mug. It’s such an adorable design. I had to laugh at your comment on not using your food processor because of the washing factor. I have actually hand-chopped things just to avoid the wash! Which is rediculous, I know. I mean does it really take that long?! But anyways, my elderly mom lives in an in-law apartment attached to my home, and we share my food-processor. Every time she uses it, she neglects to wash the top! I think she doesn’t notice that it got dirty. So every time I use it, I have to start out by washing the top :| I will mention your tip to her. Maybe that will do the trick! Thank you so much for your wonderful ideas. Love your blog!
I’m puckering as I read Mary! Lovin’ that cute bunny plate too-Happy Weekend:@)
Mary, great idea to double the cupcake wrappers and turning it inside out. I have to use your idea for my next party. Thank you. As always, your post pictures are gorgeous 🐣🐇😊🌼🌷
They look scrumptious:) Great idea with the plastic wrap and using the 2 liners- one inside out. Just how do you think of all these wonderful things?
You have the most wonderful ideas for every occasion! Thanks for sharing them! 🐰
Mary, since I love the orange version I will definitely make these this weekend! Why have I never thought of using lemon? Happy weekend!
The first thing I do every day is check for a new post from you! Your bright, colorful photos make my day. Who knew that Nilla wafers came in lemon flavor?? I’ll have to look for these at the store and make these cottontails. We have a pot luck coming up and this will be perfect. Thank you for sharing!
I made these for a Christmas Open House last year using the orange juice and they were a big hit. Thank you for the new twist of the recipe. I don’t think I commented on your previous post which was lovely, just love the way you layer patterns on patterns shows lots of creativity.
Thank you Mary for so many tips today! I always love your beautiful photos and the joy they bring. I was tickled to learn from you the print page option to avoid the sidebar on the recipes, and could now print the lemon AND the orange recipes, and looking forward to making and sharing! You’re the best!🐇🌷
You are so clever. Thank you for your ideas.
Once again you have given another great holiday recipe. I have been to 4 stores in Virginia Beach looking for Lemon vanilla wafers this morning.. I thought I was going to chase down the Nabisco delivery man. I finally found them at Harris Teeter.
I am in the process of making them right now. You made my day again. Your table designs for Easter have been so lovely. Thank you for inspiring all of us who follow you.
I shall look forward to making your recipe for Easter. Thankyou.
I used to put a piece of plastic over the processor bowl and under the lid until, because of the pressure of closing the lock with the plastic in place, it actually broke part of the locking mechanism. I now have to stand and hold the lid down when I use the processor. Not worth the time saving of not having to wash the top. Of course, I could buy another top!!! So, continue with caution!! I have a Cuisinart processor. Maybe yours doesn’t have the same type of locking mechanism and won’t break. :)
Thank you for the advice Mary. I’ve been using plastic wrap on my lid for several months now, so far so good. I’ll proceed with caution! :)
Love anything lemon, and these are adorable too. Thanks for the cute idea!
Thank you for a quick, tasty-looking solution to fill a cookie emergency. Most of all, thank you for the plastic wrap tip. My huge food processor does the trick, but clean-up is not fun!
Ohhhh, I LOVE anything lemon and with coconut, this is a must try for sure. Thank you Mary. I love the bunnies scrambling over the plate, too cute, hehe. I like that stacking idea, will have to try that as well. Thanks! 🐇🐣🌾
What a fun sweet treat! Thanks Mary, I have a fluffle of bunnies that would love these! 🐇🐇🐇🐇
Yumminess at its best!
My husband doesn’t like coconut. Do you have any other suggestions? Everything else sounds delicious.
Hi Linda, Normally I would suggest you roll them in crushed pecans (like you do Bourbon Balls) if you don’t like coconut but these already have pecans in them. You might try rolling the balls in crushed Rice Krispies cereal? You want to coat them so they’re not sticky and the cereal would add some texture like the cocoonut. I haven’t tried this myself so I can’t guarantee how they’d taste and of course they would no longer look like cottontails! 🐰
I don’t know if we have lemon wafers. I just bought Vanilla Wafers for a Pineapple Cream Cheese Dip.
I am off to find them on Amazon!
Love them Mary!…especially the ease of making them!…and of course the bunnies are scurrying to get to them as they are certainly a sweeter choice than Mr. McGregor’s garden!…and they are pretty too!
These sound amazingly wonderful, Mary, and your presentation is so pretty!
I leave for Wilmington, NC VERY early tomorrow morning. I know it’s not close to you, but I’ll be thinking of you! xx
Hi Kitty, Safe travels and have a wonderful trip! It looks like you’ll have good weather after tomorrow. ♥
These lemon coconut cottontails look so yummy that I decided I was going to make them. However, my husband & I ran around looking at every grocery store, Walmart, Target, etc. in our large community and NOT one store had the lemon Nilla wafers. Also, I planned on making the bunny bark and once again NO pastel candy corn either. I guess I am substituting ingredients!
Hey Mary, where did you get your Lemon Nilla wafers? I live in Clemmons, NC, about 80 miles away from you.
I found mine at Harris Teeter but I think Walmart and Target have them too 🐰