Homemade Circus Animal Cookies

by Kelsey Norwood

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Homemade Circus Animal Cookies

The other day I decided to make my own circus animal cookies. Here’s how you do it:

  • Bake a batch of sugar cookies.
    • Use a mini cookie cutter, about 1.5 – 2″ in diameter.
  • Dip baked cookies into melted almond bark.
  • Cover with sprinkles.

I love making (and eating) sugar cookies, and these circus animal cookies were a fun variation. These would make an excellent neighbor or just-thinking-about-you gift.


1 Ann at mommysecrets August 6, 2008 at 6:21 am

These look super yummy!!

2 Allanna August 6, 2008 at 7:06 am

Hey! You totally got mentioned on Crafty Crow (belladia.typepad.com/crafty_crow/)!!!

I went to see if there was anything new that I had to bookmark for later … and then I’m all “Oh Em Gee!!! I KNOW her!!!!!!” — Kinda like Will Ferrell in Elf. ^_^

But, yay! You’re famous!!

And the cookies look delicious, too.

3 Marne August 6, 2008 at 7:20 am

fabulous idea! Thanks for sharing.

4 Marie @ Make and Takes August 6, 2008 at 8:37 am

I love Animal Cookies. Great post. These looks so easy and delish! Right up my alley.

5 Teresa August 6, 2008 at 10:33 am

These look delicious…and how simple! I truly go through a whole bag of these easily when we buy them at the store. I don’t know if I am brave enough to make these at home – and not eat all of them!

6 jessica August 6, 2008 at 10:52 am

I’ve always wondered how to make something like these at home! Now I know!!! Thanks so much for sharing!

7 Linds August 6, 2008 at 1:00 pm

Oh my, these were my favorite growing up!

8 Janeen August 6, 2008 at 3:15 pm

These look so good and I absolutely LOVE those animal cookies! I found you on the Crafty Crow, and can’t wait to explore more of your blog!

9 Jamie August 6, 2008 at 3:48 pm

That’s a good idea, did someone inspire you on this?

10 rachelle August 7, 2008 at 6:52 pm

i know we just met, well, okay, we haven’t, but i found you through kirtsy and hi, nice to meet you, anyhoo, i am officially in LOVE with you for this idea. i will be making these soon! (and didya know, williams sonoma has animal cracker cookie cutters. i’m gonna splurge i think.) you’re fab! thanks!

11 Angie @ Many Little Blessings August 7, 2008 at 8:16 pm

What a fun idea! We are totally going to have to try these!

12 Erin August 25, 2008 at 8:41 am

These are a great idea! I am starting a daycare and this will be fun thing to do with the kids.

13 Sarabeth Burke August 26, 2008 at 7:36 pm

They look delicious!!!! I’m definitely going to try this soon!!!

14 Teresa Anderson August 26, 2008 at 11:15 pm

These look great! Thanks for the tip about the almond bark. I will have to try these!

15 Sherry Lovely August 27, 2008 at 7:46 am

I’ll be baking these for sure! I love frosted animal crackers and can now make my own whenever the urge hits me to have some on hand all the time! YUMMMMM

16 Robyn August 27, 2008 at 2:01 pm

These look soooooo good. Only problem may be that I will want to eat too many. My kids will love trying this though! Thanks!

17 Elizabeth M. August 28, 2008 at 12:42 pm

I eat the storebought frosted animal cookies by the handful. Should I or should I not make this homemade version and risk my waistline? Oh man, those look good.

18 Colleen August 29, 2008 at 5:59 am

Would be a fun thing to make at a birthday party and then the kids could take them home afterwards. TFS

19 Amy August 29, 2008 at 3:07 pm

Wow, these look great! I’m definitely going to have to try these!

You could do it with chocolate too, yummy!

20 kritta22 September 1, 2008 at 10:51 am

Almond Bark….I never would have guessed!

21 Shawna Bingham September 16, 2008 at 12:45 pm

What a great way to make animal cookies. This would be fun to have kids help with making.

22 gisella September 16, 2008 at 9:32 pm

my kids love the animals cookies, i am going to try this with my lkids they love to make cookies!!!

23 Wendy Lust September 18, 2008 at 1:49 pm

My parents must have purchased the cheap brand of animal cookies…no frosting! And I have to admit I don’t know what almond bark is, but it looks good! Can someone give me a hint? Sprinkles I got!

24 Jauna September 19, 2008 at 8:12 am

those look amazing. I am soo going to make them and give them as a treat to my kids! We were just talkinga bout this wonderful cookies at church the other day. Would you dye the almond bark to get pink ones?

25 Iluvbnamom December 10, 2008 at 5:52 pm

What cute little cookies! I have everything you said I need – I stock up on almond bark at the beginning of the holiday season to make chocolate covered pecans and pretzels as gifts. These cookies would be fun to make with the kids and as you said, make great gifts – maybe even a baggie full of them for birthday party favors! Thanks for the recipe and instructions.

26 Michele December 11, 2008 at 12:26 am

Thank you so much for this recipe!! Not only is it super easy, but it looks great, too!! I’m going to try them for my holiday party this Saturday!!

Thanks so much!!
Michele R.(CA)
Butterfly Whispers

27 Amy April 20, 2009 at 12:38 pm

I made these over the weekend using your recipe because my hubby and kids are huge fans. I was suprised at how much they actually do taste like the real thing. They were a big hit. I just found your blog and will definetly become a follower. I hope you don’t mind me linking to this post from my blog. Thanks!!

28 Baba August 3, 2009 at 10:18 am

I don’t know what it is about these cookies, but everyone in my house loves them! Thanks for the posting!

29 Larry H. August 6, 2009 at 1:27 am

Our 3y/o son is going through 2 distinct phases right now. One is that he loves to help with things, such as helping to prepare food. The other phase is that he begs for animal cookies with icing every day.

I had never thought about us making our own, but I bet he will like them twice as much (if that’s possible) if we let him help mix the dough and add the sprinkles :)

30 MNMSpecial September 28, 2009 at 11:03 am

Wow, I would have never thought of trying to make these myself. But now that you suggested it I will try it out because my daughter thinks that I only get cookies from the freezer and can’t make them like her friend’s mom with real butter. Love your site so I am signing up right now! How fun are you?!

31 Jennifer March 11, 2010 at 5:40 pm

Thank you so much for the great recipe! I just have a quick question. What is the easiest way to dip these? Do you dip the front then the back? Please give me any tips you have. Thanks again.

32 12 walking-lemons December 18, 2010 at 10:47 pm

2 c shortening
3 c sugar
1 t vanilla
1 t almond extract
1 t nutmeg
4 eggs beaten well and slowly mix in
6-7 c flour

Dough will be stiff and dry like pie dough.
Roll out about 1/3″ thick, cut into shapes.
Bake 10 m. or less at 400. Do not let edges

33 Kelsey January 3, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Jennifer, to answer your question about the easiest way to dip, I throw a handful of them in and pull them out one by one with a fork. The excess chocolate drips through the fork and then I scrape the bottom of the fork on the edge of the bowl to get off even more.


34 caloricandcrazy December 14, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Circus animal cookies! :D
Just lovely

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