Circus Animal Cookies Recipe
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 60 - 80 'crackers'
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 6 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 cup unbleached all purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • Favorite store-bought vanilla frosting
  • Rainbow Nonpareils
  1. In your stand mixer or using your hand mixer, cream together the butter and powdered sugar on medium speed until fluffy.
  2. Add in the flour and baking powder and mix until combined. If the mixture is a tad crumbly, combine with hands until a ball forms.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until the dough is firm enough to roll out. {I went to the movies and ran errands with my son and thawed it slightly when we returned.}
  4. Line your baking sheets with parchment paper.
  5. Flour your work surface, rolling pin and top of dough (cookie cutters included).
  6. Grab half of the dough and roll out to an ⅛ inch or as thin as you like.
  7. Cut your cookies out and place on cookie sheets. Continue process until your sheet is filled.
  8. Once completed stick the sheet in the fridge while you warm up the oven to 300 degrees.
  9. Once your oven is heated bake the cookies for 12-14 minutes until lightly browned, being careful not to burn.
  10. Let cool on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes then cool completely on a wire rack. Continue process, in several batches, until all the dough is used.
  11. After your cookies have cooled completely, separate your frosting into 2 microwave safe containers.
  12. Dye one with a little red frosting coloring to make the pink and leave the other white.
  13. Working quickly, microwave one color for 5 seconds until the consistency is runny.
  14. Dunk your cookies into the frosting with a fork, letting the excess run off and place on your cooling rack, sprinkling with your rainbow nonpareils.
  15. Alternate between colors, I suggest using up all of the pink before moving on to the white (or vice versa).
  16. Let frosting harden a tad and I allow cookies to chill in the freezer for a little while also.
  17. Now consume. Have a circus of a good time with them (minus the scary clowns and strangers).
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