Saturday, September 20

Circus Animal Cookies

My oldest has been eyeing these at the grocery store for some time. I remembered seeing a recipe for Mother's Circus Animal Cookies on the Crafty Crow (originally posted by Vanilla Joy) and suggested we make some instead of buy. Secretly, I'd been wanting to try out the recipe anyway. Combines my two current interests, sugar and nostalgia. Who doesn't remember eating these as a kid?!

We purchased a tiny cookie cutter set, butterflies and flowers, bought the ingredients and were off! I used the sugar cookie recipe provided by Vanilla Joy (I used butter not shortening.) It is the best I've ever tried! The taste was heaven, literally. This is the sugar cookie recipe I'll use from now on! However, even after being chilled for 2 hours it got soft almost immediately after being rolled out. That doesn't work for kids. The dough got stuck on the rolling pin, counter, and cookie cutters. It was frustrating. It was doable in very small batches, but we still had to work quickly (again, very hard to do with a 4 year old). I also recommend making HALF a recipe. This is more than enough when using small cutter.

I dipped the cookies in Log House Vanilla Candiquik then my daughter sprinkled them. The result was *SPECTACTULAR* Besides the fact that they are way too cute, they actually tasted like Circus Animal Cookies only a million times better.

Make these. They taste amazing. The look darling. Why wouldn't you?

8 comments:

Cassi said...

Wow, they look yummy :) Thanks for all the tips, these are on my "to make" list too!

Jessica said...

I saw that recipe a while back and then I lost it...it was on my saved "to make" list because I love animal crackers more than any adult should...now I MUST make them!

Bobbie said...

these look yum...

yes I find the same problem with gingerbread at christmas... very soft from the butter ( and it is very hot as it is summer where I live at christmas) so not for the children.. which is a shame.. but the cookies taste better with all that butter :)

Tiffany said...

These look wonderful! I can't wait to make these with my girls! Quick question for you- where do you find the Loghouse Vanilla Candiquik? I don't recall ever seeing it in stores and the website didn't list any retailers. I checked Amazon and they are out of stock so now I don't know where to turn. Thanks!

katy said...

Hi Tiffany -

I happened upon Candiquik in a very random way - I found it at Safeway (grocery store.) The recipe calls for almond bark, which I looked for on the baking aisle of the grocery store. When I couldn't find it there I looked on the candy aisle. Still couldn't find it so I asked an employee. She said she thought it was a seasonal item (Christmas time only) but looked anyway. She came up with Candiquik - I just assumed it was the same as almond bark and bought it. I would call a few local grocery stores and ask for almond bark OR Candiquik - bet you'll find it. If not, perhaps a local baking/cooking/candy shop can help you.

Good luck!!
katy

Dee Light said...

They look so yummy and fun!!! We will have to try these sometime soon.

Jackie said...

Simply gorgeous. I can almost smell the sugary goodness just looking at the photos.
: )

Candiquik said...

looks yummy - tried these out - so easy to make and kids absolutely love them - fun, easy craft :)

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