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Circus Animal Cookies

Transform premade sugar cookie dough into colorful, sweet, delicious Circus Animal Cookies in only 22 minutes!

CUTE AND COLORFUL SUGAR COOKIES

I can’t get over how cute and delicious these Circus Animal Cookies are! You only need 4 ingredients to make a batch of these fun, festive, and bright cookies. With pops of bright pink, colorful sprinkles and white chocolate chips, these sugar cookies are sure to delight with every bite!

Looking down on a plate of Circus Animal Cookies with a few pieces scattered around it.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Can I use my own sugar cookie recipe?

Absolutely! If you have a different sugar cookie recipe that you prefer, go ahead and use that in this recipe. If you need a good homemade sugar cookie recipe, try my Grandma’s Soft Sugar Cookie recipe!

Can I use the tube of sugar cookie dough?

Sure thing. If you can’t find the package of sugar cookie dough like I use below, it’s not a big deal, just grab one of the tubes that are the same amount (16 ounces).

Can I use more sprinkles, animal cookies, or white chocolate chips?

Yes. Feel free to adjust and play with the quantities of the add-ins that you are choosing to use. Just be sure not to add more than 1 1/2 cups total of all your add-ins into the dough mixture or they may not bake properly.

What about a circus cookie sandwich?

Of course! Try grabbing two cookies and smushing some of your favorite vanilla frosting in between to create a Circus Animal Cookie Sandwich! It’s a truly decadent treat.

How to store these cookies?

These cookies can be stored at room temperature for up to 5 days. Ours never seem to last that long though, nobody can keep their hands off of them.
Additionally, you can freeze them in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months.

A stack of Circus Animal Cookies on a plate.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (SEE RECIPE CARD BELOW FOR THE FULL RECIPE)

  • refrigerated sugar cookie dough – I’m using store bought but you can make your own. Use the kind that are already preformed or in a tube – it doesn’t matter as long as it is 16 ounces.
  • frosted circus animal cookiesthese are the kind I use (paid affiliate link) and are the ones you will most commonly find in American grocery stores.
  • white chocolate chips – you can use a white chocolate bar that you have cut up into pieces or you can switch out for a different chocolate chip flavor.
  • rainbow nonpareils – just a fancy word for round sprinkles. Use what you like here. I would suggest not going with anything too crunchy through. These are really just for adding color.
Frosted animal cookies, sugar cookies, white chocolate chips, and rainbow sprinkles.

HOW TO MAKE CIRCUS ANIMAL COOKIES

Preheat the oven to 350F degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix until fully combined. Using a medium cookie scoop to portion out the dough and place on the prepared baking sheet 2-inches apart. 

collage of two photos: a mixing bowl with sugar cookie dough, white chocolate chips, circus animal cookie crumbs, and rainbow sprinkles; a cookie scoop holding some cookie dough.

Optional: take some extra white chocolate chips and press them into the cookie dough balls. Also, you can take some small pieces of the circus animal cookies and press them into the tops of the dough. This will help them really stand out after they are finished baking. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the edges are just golden brown

a collage of two photos: cookie dough balls on a lined baking sheet; fresh baked cookies on a cookie sheet.

Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack. 

A stack of Circus Animal Cookies.

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Circus Animal Cookies

Yummy sugar cookies with bites of frosted animal cookies, white chocolate chips, and sprinkles!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • cup chopped frosted circus animal cookies
  • cup white chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons rainbow nonpareils

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350F degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine cookie dough, chopped cookies, white chocolate chips and nonpareils. The dough is thick so this may take a few minutes.
    A mixing bowl with sugar cookie dough, white chocolate chips, circus animal cookie crumbs, and rainbow sprinkles.
  • Using a medium cookie scoop to portion out the dough and place on the prepared baking sheet 2-inches apart.
    A cookie scoop holding some cookie dough.
  • Optional: take some extra white chocolate chips and press them into the cookie dough balls. Also, you can take some small pieces of the circus animal cookies and press them into the tops of the dough. This will help them really stand out after they are finished baking.
    Cookie dough balls on a lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the edges are just golden brown. Only bake one sheet at a time for best results.
    Fresh baked cookies on a cookie sheet.
  • Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack. Enjoy!
    Looking down on a plate of Circus Animal Cookies with a few pieces scattered around it.

Notes

  • Please refer to my FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions) and ingredient list above for other substitutions or for the answers to the most common questions.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 131kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Sodium: 80mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 10g

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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