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Sometimes things just don't work out the way you want them to. No matter how well you plan or prep, life can always find a way to mess things up. But, I think it is important to remember that these little life blunders happen to all of us, and no matter what the circumstances are, we are all left with two choices. We can either let the mishap totally ruin our day, or we can put it behind us and find a new way to achieve what we wanted.

How To Make Animal Cracker Cookies

Last week, I attempted to make some Triple Berry Cinnamon rolls. I had the whole thing planned out - I did the research, found the recipe, and even picked out props for the pictures I was going to take. I was ready.

How to Bake Your Own Animal Cookies

But, even with my impeccable planning, the whole thing blew up in my face. I stained my nice white dinning table with berry juice, I ripped a pair of pants, and ended up with gross, soggy cinnamon rolls. I am not kidding - they were completely inedible. And on top of all that, I was still without a recipe for this week.

Cookies in the shape of Circus Animals

Let's just say...I was not happy. But, instead of having a temper tantrum (which is what I felt like doing) I went to my kitchen cabinet to see what else I could come up with. Luckily, I had just made an Animal Cracker Cake for someone's birthday, so I had some leftover Circus Animal Cookies. When I saw them, I immediately thought of the Circus Animals Cookie at Cookie Good. I knew I didn't have the recipe, but I figured I could come up with something pretty close.

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It turned out, I was right. These sugar cookies are soft, chewy, and filled with Circus Animal Cookies and lots and lots of sprinkles! Basically, every bite is a party - and you are never going to want to leave. So, you see? Sometimes, when things don't go your way, you can regroup and end up with something even better. In this case, it was a party in your mouth...which I think it a pretty great alternative.

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Circus Animal Cookies

Circus Animal Cookies | Sprinkles For Breakfast


  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons imitation vanilla
  • 1/4 cup sprinkles
  • 1 bag Mother's Circus Animal Cookies (340 grams)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a baking sheet with parchment.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients and sprinkles. Set aside.
  3. Place 2/3 of animal crackers into a plastic bag and crush them into bite sized pieces. Set aside.
  4. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine butter and sugar. Mix on high until light and fluffy.
  5. Add eggs and vanilla extracts.
  6. Add dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  7. Add crushed cookies and mix until combined.
  8. Using a a medium ice cream scoop, scoop dough balls onto baking sheet 3 to 4 inches apart.
  9. With the palm of your hand or the back of a large wooden spoon, flatten cookies.
  10. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  11. Transfer to a wire rack and place a full Circus Animal Cookie on each one.

*Makes about 20 cookies.

*Makes about 22 cooikies

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meet the author

Lindsay Nathanson - Baker and Author

I might be the only person in the history of the world that has ever been grounded from baking. That's right. When I was a teen, it wasn't the computer, or the phone or the tv that got taken away. For me, it was the unsalted butter.

Comments (2)


Soooo cute! Do the Circus Animal Cookies stick to the baked cookie or is it just a decoration for a photo-op? Do you place them on top right when the baked cookies come out of the oven and are still warm?

Lindsay Nathanson

Yes, you place the animal cracker right on top of the cookie when it comes out of the oven!


These look delicious! I've never baked with imitation vanilla. What's the thought process behind using both vanilla extract and imitation vanilla? Could you use just vanilla extract?

Lindsay Nathanson

That is such a good question! The imitation vanilla gives it a little sweeter taste - but using all imitation vanilla can be a little too sweet. So you can definitely use all traditional vanilla extract if you would like!