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Circus Animal Cookies

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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 7 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 8 large cookies


  • ½ cup butter, cold (1 stick)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¾ cup cake flour
  • cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp nonpareil sprinkles plus more for decorating the tops
  • 2 cups circus animal crackers
  • 1 cup Ghirardelli White Chocolate Melting Wafers (vanilla flavored)


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Cut the butter into one inch squares and place in the bowl of an electric mixer.
  • Mix on high for 1 minute with both sugars. There should be no visible chunks of butter.
  • Add in the vanilla and eggs. Mix briefly until everything has just come together.
  • Add in the salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Mix until combined.
  • Finally, add in both flours and sprinkles. Mix until a dough is formed, about 1 minute.
  • Add in the two cups of animal circus cookies. I don't crush or break them prior to that. I allow the mixer to break them apart. Mix for about 1 minute until the cookies are broken and evenly distributed throughout the dough.
  • Scoop dough with a large cookie scoop, makes 8 large cookies.
  • Bake 4 cookies on a cookie sheet at a time for 10 minutes.
  • Let the cookies cool for 15-20 minutes so the inside of the cookie can set.
  • When cookies are completely cooled, melt the white chocolate wafers. Add a small amount of pink food coloring if desired. Mix together until color is well incorporated.
  • Use about 2 tbsp worth of chocolate on top of each cookie. Sprinkle with a small amount of sprinkles on top.