Circus Animal Cookies




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

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Step 1: Combine Butter and Sugar

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

Add the flour and baking powder.

Step 3: Shape Dough

Shape the dough into a ball with your hands.

Step 4: Roll and Cut Dough

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

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

Step 6: Melt Candy Coating

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

Step 7: Dip and Sprinkle Cookies

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

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    8 Discussions


    2 years ago

    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! :)

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    Garden Girl RecipesBkhwm

    Reply 2 years ago

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


    2 years ago

    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!