Introduction: Circus Animal Cookies

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I use to love Circus Animal Cookies growing up. For this recipe, I purchased two different brands of candy coating: Wilton’s and Mercken’s. The Wilton’s I was able to microwave. The Mercken’s did not microwave well so I ended up placing the candy coating in a double boiler and added a small amount of coconut oil. This recipe can also be found at



1 stick unsalted butter, softened (4 ounces)

6 tbsp powdered sugar (1.5 ounces)

1 cup all-purpose flour (125 grams)

½ tsp baking powder

8 ounces pink candy melts

8 ounces white candy melts

coconut oil (optional)

rainbow nonpareils

Step 1: Combine Butter and Sugar

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reheat the oven to 325F. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the sugar and the powdered sugar with a paddle attachment until fluffy.

Step 2: Add Flour and Baking Powder

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Add the flour and baking powder.

Step 3: Shape Dough

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Shape the dough into a ball with your hands.

Step 4: Roll and Cut Dough

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Roll the dough to ⅛-inch, cut the cookies with your animal shape cutters, and place them on a baking sheet lines with parchment paper.

Step 5: Bake

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Bake the cookies until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Let cool.

Step 6: Melt Candy Coating

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Heat the candy coating in a double boiler or the microwave, depending on the brand you purchase.

Step 7: Dip and Sprinkle Cookies

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Dip the cookies in the candy coating and sprinkle some rainbow nonpareils on top.


rainingfiction (author)2017-03-04

Love me some cookies

Bkhwm (author)2017-02-10

Thank you thank you thank you! I loved circus animal cookies as a child but you can't get them in the U.K. without paying an absolute fortune (seriously, I saw them being sold for about £30 a bag at one point!). I will definitely be trying these! :)

Wow! Now you will be able to make them for less money. They were a treat to make.

offseid (author)2017-02-26

Well done! Nice instructable.

Thank you so much!

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2017-02-07

Those are super cool! They look even better than storebought!

The cookies have a nice buttery taste. So much better than store bought.

CremeDeLaCrappe (author)2017-02-08

OMG you have solved my lifelong dilemma! I've always loved circus animal cookies, but only the white ones because the pink taste weird (I think it's the dye). Now I can make my own but only in one color!

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