My son loves the store-bought circus animal cookies, but the ingredient list scares me a little, since they contain wax and other chemicals. This recipe is a delicious variation that makes cookies that look just like the ones in the store but taste much better.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
1 hr
cook:
7 mins
additional:
1 hr 45 mins
total:
2 hrs 52 mins
Servings:
100
Yield:
200 small cookies
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Ingredients

100
Original recipe yields 100 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Cookie Dough:
Icing:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Place butter in a large bowl and cream using an electric mixer for 3 minutes. Add confectioners' sugar and mix until incorporated. Add each egg individually to the creamed butter, scraping the sides of the bowl if needed. Add vanilla extract and mix for 3 more minutes.

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  • Sift flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar together in a bowl. Add flour mixture to the butter mixture, mixing on low speed. Cover and chill the dough until it is workable, 2 to 4 hours.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Roll dough out onto a work surface and cut using small animal-shaped cookie cutters. Place cookies on a baking sheet.

  • Bake in the preheated oven on the middle rack until crisp, 7 to 9 minutes. Let cool completely before icing, about 45 minutes.

  • Mix 2 cups confectioners' sugar, half-and-half, and vanilla extract together in a bowl. Divide icing and add pink food coloring to 1 half. Dip cookies in icing and decorate with sprinkles quickly before icing dries. Place cookies on a rack to let icing dry to a shiny finish.

Nutrition Facts

121 calories; protein 1.2g; carbohydrates 15.8g; fat 5.9g; cholesterol 20.4mg; sodium 77.2mg. Full Nutrition
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