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!

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!Welcome to day ONE of my 2nd themed week I’ve had here on Wishes and Dishes.  These frosted animal sugar cookies 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 have 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!

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

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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? I also made a recipe for copycat lofthouse sugar cookies that you can use any color frosting for depending on the occasion!

Tip: 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.  If you are a sugar cookie fan, definitely try my Soft-Glazed Pumpkin Sugar Cookies.

Enjoy these sugar cookies and make sure to stop back for my other childhood food favorites this week! You also should check out these Sprinkle Cookies from my friend Susan!

Update: my favorite EVER sugar cookies are now on my blog. Try these Copycat Frosted Swig Sugar Cookies.

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

Frosted Animal Sugar Cookies
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
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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!
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  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.