This is a spin on a previous post. Copycat Circus Animal Cookies are based on Mother’s Circus Animal Cookies. I have a good friend who is a huge fan 1) the Seahawks and 2) these cookies. Because he is awesome, I put together his favorite cookies in his favorite team’s colors.
You can make these cookies any color you want: classic pink/white, red/white/blue, black/orange, red/green or pink/blues for a baby shower. Candy melts come in many colors and are available at some grocery stores and craft stores. One bag of each color is sufficient.
Copycat Circus Animal Cookies
Makes 100 cookies
- 1 C butter, softened
- 2/3 C granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 t vanilla extract
- 1 t butter extract
- 1/4 t almond extract
- 2 1/2 C flour
- 1 1/2 t baking powder
- 1/4 t nutmeg
- Pinch salt
- 1 bag green candy melts (available at craft stores)
- 1 bag blue candy melts (available at craft stores)
- 1 bag white candy melts (available at craft stores)
- Rainbow sprinkles
In the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar. Add egg, vanilla, butter and almond flavoring.
Measure out flour. Add baking powder, nutmeg and salt and stir. Add flour in batches to butter mixture.
Split in half and scoop onto plastic wrap. Form dough into a disk (cools more quickly than ball) and refrigerate at least an hour.
To bake, heat oven to 300. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Roll out one disk of dough on clean, floured work space. The dough needs to be thin, approximately 1/8 inch thick. Cut out animal (and unicorn) shapes and place onto baking sheet. If cookies are sticking, try lightly flouring the cookie cutter or flouring a thin spatula to lift up.
Bake 12-15 minutes until lightly golden. Remove from the oven and cool. Separate into 2 piles.
To dip cookies, cover work space with wax paper.
Place half a bag of the candy melts in microwave safe bowl, heat in 15 second bursts until melted. Mine took about 1 minute and 15 seconds.
Using a fork, carefully dip a cookie. Tap off excess candy coating and set on wax paper. Add sprinkles before it dries. Repeat until all cookies are dipped. Switch to the second color. I used up both bags of candy melts.
Leave on wax paper until candy coating is set and dried.
Recipe modified from “Mother’s Circus Animal Cookies,” food.com, by Cake Baker
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