Animal crackers & and animal cookies are one of those good ‘ol classic snacks that all of us remember and love. C’mon – you ‘member!!! (*stated in my George Lopez voice) Whether they were the plain ones in the animal circus box or the frosted ones in the bag, we all have a flashback to our childhood when we see them.
Even though we can still get them just about anywhere, I know a lot of parents now worry about ingredients and what is inside. With this easy homemade frosted animal cracker cookie recipe – you can eliminate any unknown fears and use your own cookie base if you prefer. (like that amazing gluten-free sugar cookie recipe you have!) Or, you can simply use store-bought cookie dough and just have a really fun animal cookie decoration session with the kids!
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You have full control with this fun recipe! And, the kids will have FUN!
One of the reasons I love these types of fun and easy recipes is because it gives my son and I something fun to do together. He always asks me to teach him how to make new recipes and these super simple ones are the best ways to start teaching him the basics (like making an easy frosted glaze – and now that he’s learned it he can apply it to another future recipe). My daughter is still too little, she was more of a quality assurance taste tester this time around, HA HA! She did sneak off with a few of these throughout the process.
Even though these are “animal cookies” I also added a few small flowers and star shapes – just because I thought they were cute- lol. I took a drive to a Joanne’s fabric store nearby to find small animal shaped cookie cutters however the store near me is a smaller store without so much inventory. Boo-hoo! The larger store does carries them, but I really didn’t feel like heading into the super busy streets of the city so I ordered them online instead. I did not order from Joanne’s online, because shipping was double the price (that’s insane) so instead I headed over to my trusty ‘ol Amazon Prime and ordered them there (shipped to me free- in 2 days) If you want the same adorable cookie cutters you can find the Wilton cookie cutters here.
As I said before – this recipe is SUPER easy!
What You Need:
FOR THE COOKIES:
1 pack/box/batch of your favorite sugar cookie or shortbread cookie. I used Pillsbury’s refrigerated Sugar cookie (ready to cut and cook). Please feel free to make your own from scratch if you have a special recipe, like a gluten-free version)
Flour – to sprinkle on board and rolling-pin
FOR THE FROSTING – 2 options
1 cup – Powdered sugar
4 tbs milk (if needed you can add an additional 1 tbs at a time for a thinner consistency glaze)
2 – 3 drops food coloring
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1 12oz bag White chocolate
1 tsp Veg. Oil
2 – 3 drops food coloring
NOTE: I made 1 batch with NO food coloring (white cookie glaze) and I made 2 small batches that were colored. I used Pink (red) and Blue – 2 drops ea. to achieve the colors you see in the pictures
How To Make It:
- Pre-heat oven according to directions on cookie package
- Sprinkle flour on board (or table you are using to roll out cookies)
- Roll out cookie dough and cut shapes – place on non-greased cookie sheet and bake per directions.
- When done, remove from oven – let cookies COOL COMPLETELY
- Prepare Glaze: mix 1 cup powdered sugar, 4 tbsp milk, vanilla extract and 2 drops of food coloring (or more until you achieve the color you like) OR melt white chocolate on stove/in microwave – per directions of white chocolate package, add veg, oil & food coloring. Mix well to incorporate
- Dip cookie in glaze – set on a cooling rack (with something under to catch drippings)and immediately top with sprinkles (before glaze dries and sets)
**Side note: my first batch – I rolled out too thick and the shapes are not as prominent. Bake 1 small batch first if you want to test it out. This recipe made about 3 big batches – approx 48 small cookies (or more.)
That’s it! Yes – you are DONE. Now give yourself a pat on the back mamma!
How easy was that? And, they are seriously so yummy and fun! The kids LOVE them.
What do you think? Will you be making these with the kids soon? Let me know, I would love to see how they came out!