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Circus Animal Cookie Blondies

If you are a fan of the nostalgic circus animal cookies of your youth, you will love these Circus Animal Cookie Blondies!

A FUN COLORFUL BLONDIE RECIPE

One of my favorite indulgences (now and when I was younger) are those candy coated circus animal cookies. There’s something nostalgic about those pink and white cookies that I still enjoy. Funny enough, they barely look like any recognizable animals at all but I suppose that is half the fun – figuring out what animal they’re supposed to represent. Ha! I love creating fun treats with these cookies though! Some recipes that I have on the site include: Circus Animal Krispies Treats, Circus Animal Cookies and Circus Animal Cookie Balls. If you want to create a fun and easy recipe using a favorite childhood cookie, then you have to try my Circus Animal Cookie Blondie recipe!

Overhead of three stacked Circus Animal Cookie Blondies on white plate.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Can I double this recipe?

Absolutely, you can double this and bake in a 9″x13″ bar pan or baking pan.

Can I use regular rainbow sprinkles?

Yes. They will be larger and more prominent but that’s ok! Who doesn’t love more sprinkles anyways?

What does adding the cornstarch do for this recipe?

The cornstarch (when added with the flour in cookies or bars) help in producing a lighter and chewier texture. That is exactly how these Circus Animal Cookie Blondies are: light, chewy and delicious.

Can I use salted butter instead of unsalted?

Absolutely! Just don’t add the additional salt that is in the recipe.

Can I use different cookies?

You sure can. This blondie recipe will work with pretty much any other type of cookie. Just use roughly the same amount that I use in this recipe.

How do I store leftovers?

You can store these in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. These can also be frozen. Let blondies cool, cut them into squares and then wrap them individually in plastic wrap then place in a freezer bag. Place in the freezer and they will keep for up to 3 months. Let defrost on the countertop.

Pinterest image of Circus Animal Cookie Bars stacked on white plate with cookies surrounding it.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • unsalted butter
  • granulated sugar
  • eggs
  • vanilla extract 
  • all-purpose flour
  • cornstarch
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • circus animal cookies
  • rainbow nonpareils 
Ingredients needed: unsalted butter, granulated sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, all-purpose flour, cornstarch, baking soda, salt, circus animal cookies and rainbow nonpareils. 

HOW TO MAKE CIRCUS ANIMAL COOKIE BLONDIES:

Preheat the oven to 350F degrees and line a 9”x 9” pan with parchment paper. In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Butter and sugar beaten together in bowl of stand mixer.

Add the eggs in one at a time, mixing well in between. Add in the vanilla and mix again.

Eggs and vanilla mixed into butter and sugar in bowl of stand mixer.

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, salt, and baking soda.

Dry ingredients whisked together in clear bowl.

Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until combined. Add the nonpareils into the dough and mix.

Flour mixture added to the egg and butter mixture in bowl of stand mixer, beaten together.

Add in the chopped animal crackers.

Chopped up circus animal cookies added to dough in bowl of stand mixer.

Fold in the animal crackers to the dough.

Cookies mixed into dough in bowl of stand mixer.

Gently press the dough into the prepared baking pan.

Circus Animal Cookie Blondie dough pressed into prepared pan.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the cake tester comes out clean.

Uncut Circus Animal Cookie Blondies in baking pan.

Cut and serve.

One blondie on white plate with animal crackers in background.

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Square image side view of stacked Circus Animal Cookie Blondies.

Circus Animal Cookie Blondies

If you are a fan of the nostalgic animal cookies of our youth, you will love these Circus Animal Cookie Blondies!
5 from 2 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 9

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a 9”x9” pan with parchment paper. In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs in one at a time, mixing well in between. Add in the vanilla and mix again.
  • In a medium sized bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, salt, and baking soda.
  • Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until combined.Add the nonpareils into the dough and mix.
  • Add in the chopped animal crackers.
  • Fold in the animal crackers to the dough.
  • Gently press the dough into the prepared baking pan.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the cake tester comes out clean.

Notes

  • You can use rainbow sprinkles in place of the nonpareils.
  • These can be frozen, see my tips above.
  • You can double this recipe and bake in a 9″x13″ bar pan or baking pan. 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 496kcal | Carbohydrates: 83g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 16g | Sodium: 495mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 43g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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