Thursday, March 6, 2014

Circus Animal Sugar Cookies

Today I get to brag about these amazing Circus Animal Sugar Cookies!  I hope you bake up a batch soon!
I have fond memories from my childhood of snacking on the cute sprinkled pink-and-white-frosted animal crackers.  They are just SO good!  The other day when I was out grocery shopping, I noticed them on an aisle end cap (genius marketing placement for suckers like me).   My mouth watered just looking at the packaging, so I knew I needed to bring some home.

I'm happy to report that they are still 100% as tasty as I remember them being! Don't you love it when that happens?  

Now I've gotten my kids hooked on them.  Ha! One of the joys of being a parent...sharing my love of sweets with my children.  Although I'm ashamed to admit that they are much better at controlling their sugar intake than I am.  Maybe one of these days I'll conquer my addiction.  But when there are Circus Animal Sugar Cookies around, I don't want to.

There's always tomorrow, am I right?  And maybe by then the supply of tasty cookie temptations will be gone.  But alas, my cookie cravings are never satisfied.

When dessert tastes as good as this, I will always want more.  With a non-traditional sugar cookie base (I say non-traditional because you don't have to chill the dough and it's thicker than your typical sugar cookie dough), chunks of pretty pink and white sprinkled Circus Animal Cookies, what's not to absolutely adore and devour?   

The almond flavoring and cream of tartar in the dough really make these one-of-a-kind delicious!  Drizzled generously with white chocolate, they are nothing short of irresistible!  My husband actually detests sugar cookies, but he gave these two thumbs way up!


1 c. sugar
1 c. shortening
1 egg
3/4 tsp. almond flavoring
2 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cream of tartar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. (or a little more if you'd like) Circus Animal Cookies, coarsely chopped
1 c. white chocolate chips for drizzling

Cream together sugar and shortening.  Add egg and almond flavoring and mix once again.  In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt.  Add to wet mixture and mix until combined.  Stir in Circus Animal Cookies.  No need to chill the dough! Form into round balls, put on cookie sheet, then flatten with a fork while using your other hand to keep the dough together.  Sprinkle sugar over the tops of them and bake at 350 for exactly 8 minutes.  Don't overbake!  Let sit on cookie sheet for a few minutes, then remove to a cooling rack.  When cool, drizzle with melted white chocolate chips.  Feel free to double the recipe for even more goodness!

They'll take you back to your childhood!  But grown-ups are sure to enjoy them too!


For more mouth-watering cookie recipes, be sure to check out these:

Heath Bits Brickle Drop Cookies

Caramel Apple Cookies

Pineapple Drop Cookies

Lemon Drop Candy Cookies

Happy Cookie Eating!

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  1. pass the milk please those are surely dunkable goodness. Thank you for sharing your sweet blog at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop ♥

  2. I want all of these cookies right now, they look DELICIOUS! Oh, and cute pink bowl ;) Pinned!

    1. Thanks, Jennifer! We must have similar taste in bowls. :)

  3. I love those circus animal cookies too! Gotta try this recipe! Not sure how many will make it into the batter though! Pinned. Visiting from Thursday Favorite Things

  4. Stopping by from Weekend retreat Party and I MUST give these a try! Carrie, A Mother's Shadow

  5. I love these cookies, but try not to buy them cause I eat them all! Gonna have to get them now! Thanks for sharing at The Weekend Retreat, Hope to see you back next week!

  6. This is a good way to stretch out those animal cookies :-). Pinned. Visiting from Skip The Housework Sat.

  7. These just look pretty! I want a whole entire plate of them NOW! Mmm

  8. OMGosh the boys would love these! I have to try one :)

  9. These cookies are so cute! Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

  10. I love them all! Seriously. Just showed my 6 yr old the circus animal cookies and she wants them stat. Thanks for sharing. I just pinned them so I can make them later this week after a wee trip to the store :)

  11. Well, Christine, these cookies look INCREDIBLE. Those pink-and-white-frosted animal crackers were also my favorites as a kid... and I'm kind of dying to try these now because if they're anything like those, I'm gonna be a happy girl!

    This was one of my favorite links in last week's That's Fresh Friday Link-Up, so I shared it today in my round-up of favorites! Happy Friday to you, and keep on making amazing stuff!

  12. These cookies look amazing, Christine!! I was thinking of baking a batch with the excuse that it's for my primary class, lol! Can't wait to try these! Thanks for sharing on Saturday Night Fever - PINNED!

  13. What a fun idea to add circus animals to your sugar cookies! So fun and bright for spring :)

  14. Oh, my, these are so good! I used half butter and half shortening, and they spread out a bit more than the cookies pictured, which we really liked. The drizzled white chocolate is such a pretty touch. Thanks for a unique and delicious recipe.


    1. Great idea Jocelyn! I'm going to try that next time.


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