Frosted Animal Sugar Cookies


These irresistible sugar cookies are packed with pieces of crushed Frosted Animal Circus Cookies.  The colors make this easy and original recipe perfect for a baby shower, Easter or Valentine’s Day!

Frosted-Animal-Chunk-Cookies-Circus-Animal-Cookies Recipe with sugar cookies as the base

Welcome to day ONE of my 2nd themed week I’ve had here on Wishes and Dishes.  These are cookies baked within another cookie – does it really get better than this, people?  A few months ago, I did a week of ALL Mexican food and all of you readers seemed to really enjoy it.  This week I’m doing all “kid” food!  I’ve taken my favorite foods I ate as a child and incorporated them into recipes and also made homemade versions of some classic favorites.  I saw these Keebler Frosted Animal Shortbread Cookies in the store and kept buying them over and over again with the intention of making some sort of awesome creation with them.  Well let’s just say that about six bags later and I finally used them in this frosted animal sugar cookies recipe without eating them all up first! 😉  Don’t judge!

These sugar cookies are one my favorites to ever come out of my kitchen and that’s saying a lot.  The base is a sugar cookie, and the incorporation of the shortbread cookie and frosting inside the sugar cookie really makes the taste of these cookies so unique.  I was very proud of them and they were husband approved.   It also doesn’t hurt that they are super pretty.  I bet these would even be great to bring to a baby shower (for a baby girl, of course) because of the pink.  Also – how perfect would these be for a Valentine’s Day treat because of the color?

Note:  You can also use Mother’s brand Circus Animal Cookies for this recipe – there is virtually no difference between them and the Keebler cookies that I used for this recipe.  Enjoy and make sure to stop back for my other childhood food favorites this week!

Frosted-Animal-Chunk-Cookies-Circus-Animal-Cookies Recipe with sugar cookies as the base

Frosted-Animal-Chunk-Cookies-Circus-Animal-Cookies Recipe with sugar cookies as the base

Frosted Animal Sugar Cookies
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Serves: 24, depending on size
These irresistible sugar cookies are packed with pieces of crushed Frosted Animal Circus Cookies. The colors make this easy and original recipe perfect for a baby shower, Easter or Valentine's Day!
  • 2 and ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1½ cups white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 to 3½ cups Keebler Frosted Animal Cookies, roughly crushed (measure AFTER crushing - I used 3.5 cups)*
*Make sure you leave some bigger chunks for color and not all crumbs
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth.
  4. Beat in egg and vanilla.
  5. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients.
  6. Stir in the animal cookie chunks/crumbs.
  7. Roll rounded heaping tablespoonfuls of dough into balls and place onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  8. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden.
  9. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.
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These are a few of my favorite things: cooking, baking, Broadway musicals, cruises, Disney World, Christmas, thunderstorms, 80's and country music, and my favorite pastime has ALWAYS been baseball. Go Yankees!

46 Responses to “Frosted Animal Sugar Cookies”

  1. January 20, 2014 at 1:20 AM #

    Sweet, I love the idea of inception cookie within a cookie. Can’t go wrong with those (: Yummyyy

    • January 20, 2014 at 1:46 AM #

      I totally agree!!

  2. January 20, 2014 at 7:24 AM #

    “A cookie within a cookie” – pinch me I think I am sleepreading!
    BRILLIANT idea! And they look adorable!

    • January 20, 2014 at 12:28 PM #

      Thanks!! I’m so proud of these 😉

      • October 13, 2016 at 12:48 AM #

        You should be proud of these cookies, they are DELISH!
        I have a gas oven that runs a bit hot so I baked at 370 for 10 minutes. I also added 1/4 tsp salt, used parchment paper, and smooshed them down a bit before baking as well as slapped the pan down when I took them out and they turned out amazing! I grew up on Circus Animal Cookies and will definitely make these again and again.

  3. January 20, 2014 at 11:11 AM #

    Holy crap! Sorry about that, but these sound amazing! Those animal cookies are like crack, so I can only imagine what these cookies must taste like :).

    • January 20, 2014 at 12:28 PM #

      They are awesome – definitely try them!!!

  4. January 20, 2014 at 1:28 PM #

    SUCH a fun theme!!!

    I loooved those animal cookies too and it’s awesome how you’ve used them!

  5. January 20, 2014 at 1:38 PM #

    I love animal cookies! Such a classic, but always a goodie. I loved how you used them in your cookies, great job Ashley 🙂

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  6. January 20, 2014 at 3:36 PM #

    The Mother’s versions of these animal crackers were my absolute favorite snack as a kid. Something about the crunch of cookie and sprinkles with that tongue-coatingly lovely frosting. Great idea to stick them in sugar cookies! And you’re absolutely right, they’d be perfect for a baby girl’s shower. Too cute!

    • January 20, 2014 at 4:27 PM #

      The Mother’s ones are just like these….both soooo good! Thank you, Amber!

  7. January 20, 2014 at 6:34 PM #

    What a fun idea for a cookie!

    • January 20, 2014 at 8:42 PM #

      Thanks I thought so too!!

  8. January 20, 2014 at 6:51 PM #

    These are such a great idea! I just bought those animal crackers for the first time the other day… my kids went nutso over them!

    • January 20, 2014 at 8:44 PM #

      Yeah I’m once again addicted to them. Now

  9. January 20, 2014 at 7:36 PM #

    What a unique cookie. Frosted animal crackers make me so nostalgic. So gooooood.

    • January 20, 2014 at 8:43 PM #

      I feel the same way!! Thanks!

  10. Dawn
    January 20, 2014 at 9:20 PM #

    These look like they’d be pretty as Valentine’s treats. A friend of mine is having a baby girl, so I just might be making these!

    • January 20, 2014 at 9:42 PM #

      Good idea! I should have mentioned they would be good Valentine treats!

  11. January 20, 2014 at 10:26 PM #

    These cookies are a favorite, so now yummy cookies inside more yummy cookies? Yes!

  12. January 21, 2014 at 11:12 AM #

    Cookies plus more cookies 😀 Cute Valentines colors too. Great idea Ashley!!

    • January 21, 2014 at 12:25 PM #

      Thanks, Cindy!

  13. January 21, 2014 at 1:04 PM #

    Kid themed week? Oh, it sounds so so fun! I love how these look. How pretty!

    • January 21, 2014 at 3:54 PM #

      Thanks, girl!! It IS fun!

  14. January 21, 2014 at 1:35 PM #

    Cookies baked in cookies? I think you’re onto something here, Ashley! 🙂

    • January 21, 2014 at 3:54 PM #

      I love it!! Glad you think it’s a great idea, too 🙂

  15. January 21, 2014 at 2:00 PM #

    Love these so much, reminds me of growing up with my fave cookies!

    • January 21, 2014 at 3:55 PM #

      Thanks, Cathy!!

  16. January 26, 2014 at 7:39 PM #

    Loved your kid theme this week. These cookies are super cute!

  17. January 31, 2014 at 10:16 AM #

    Love a cookie within a cookie idea! These look delicous. 🙂

    • Beth
      January 31, 2014 at 9:44 PM #

      I made a double batch of these cookies thinking they would be delicious, however, they turned out awful! VERY HARD!!! I thought the dough looked to crumbly but I proceeded on and I regret it now. 🙁

      • February 1, 2014 at 12:48 AM #

        I’m sorry they didn’t work out for you, Beth! Did you by chance miss an ingredient? I’ve made these multiple times AND had countless people tell me they made them and they were great! Sorry 🙁

  18. February 1, 2014 at 12:15 PM #

    I love those animal crackers and love even more that you baked them into cookies!!!

  19. Laura
    October 17, 2016 at 11:30 AM #

    Can you refrigerate the dough before baking? I.e. can I make the dough a day or two in advance before baking the cookies? Thanks!

    • October 17, 2016 at 12:47 PM #

      Of course you can! Just let it come to room temperature before baking or add on an extra minute or so to the baking time (if the dough is cold) 🙂


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