Martha by Mail ~ Hatching Bunny & Barnyard Hen Cutters

Celebrate Easter with the most charming Hatching Bunny and the cutest Barnyard Hen made from your favorite roll out cookie dough and decorated with sweet royal icing.  This adorable cookie cutter set was the third pair in a series of oversized cutters from the Martha by Mail catalog in the late 1990s.  Created out of durable, long-lasting solid copper, the duo has become quite the collector's item for the kitchen and I must say that they happen to be my favorite cookie cutters.  At almost 8" in height, beautiful cookies can be personalized & decorated by you to tuck into Easter baskets of the little ones in your life.  Who wouldn't love a cute bunny coming out of a pastel-colored egg and the lovable, brooding hen that laid it?  In cookie form anything is possible.  If you happen to own these cutters (I know some of you do!), make a few this Easter and have fun doing so.  

Hatching Bunny

The bunnies are given a meringue wash (meringue powder dissolved in a little water) and immediately flocked with fine sanding sugar; once dry, little noses, whiskers and ears are piped in pastel colors.  The cracked eggs are flooded with pastel-hued royal icing.

Barnyard Hen

The simplest of decorations requires nothing more than a few multicolored squiggles suggesting feathers.  Non-pareils cover another hen, while one is given a grid of royal icing in pastel plaid.

Hatching Bunny Cookie Cutter

Barnyard Hen Cookie Cutter

Martha by Mail photograph with the

A Cookie Quintet.

Happy Easter


  1. These are really nice cookie cutters David! While I don't own them I think I'm going to make cutouts to trace onto cookie dough. Thanks for the images.

  2. Cutouts are a classic Martha way to create unique cookies! Sounds like fun. Enjoy!


  3. David.. I love these cutters! I make them for shower cookies too. The new mom's love them. I am so glad my children and husband bought all of the large cookie cutters,and sets of cutters, for my birthdays and holidays.
    Have a great Easter!

  4. I love it Marion's Kid! What a nice way to mark such a special occasion for mom's to be. They must love you for it. Having a husband & kids who bought these and all the other MBM cookie cutters for you is, dare I say, a Good Thing!

    Happy Easter to you and your family!

  5. Hi David,
    I love your blog! I recently bought the hatching bunny cookie cutter at a tag sale because I saw it on your website and loved it! I have other oversized cookie cutters from Martha by Mail and they’re usually stamped with the M and bee logo but the hatching bunny I bought has MSL stamped on it, I’m assuming for Martha Stewart Living. I was wondering, do you know if this is different than the traditional Martha By Mail cookie cutters? Thanks!

  6. Hi Joseph, thank you for liking the blog! I'm very happy that you found that particular cookie cutter. You're right in assuming that the MSL stamp is an early one. I was told by Michael Bonne that Martha had several stamps made for her cookie cutters. The Bee and Hive is the most common, but the MSL one is found on earlier sets.

    Enjoy the cutter!


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