Hey, remember these Circus Animal Cookies I made three years ago? Three years! It was my first recipe that I made when I first started Fork & Beans that while I was dipping them into the frosting and putting the sprinkles on, I had THE biggest smile on my face. I knew that I was creating a monster. Not the cookies, but in me. I became obsessed on that day with recreating childhood favorites. Don’t believe me? Check out this.
And now that I have admitted my deep problem with sprinkles, I simply need more things to throw sprinkles on to. Let me introduce to you Circus Animal Cookie Sandwiches. Oh man, I seriously could not handle more than one cookie sandwich but the real enjoyment really comes from the making them. If I owned a bakery it would be enough to just make these treats, really. I feel like an artist whose palette consists of sprinkles, all-natural food coloring, nondairy white chocolate, and tons and tons of frosting. It gives me so much joy, I could spit.*
*Who spits when they are happy? What a weird saying.
Now, when you are making the coating for these cookies, do keep in mind that the smooth consistency you will get from the nondairy white chocolate is greatly dependent upon which brand you use. I only had the nondairy white chocolate chips from King David Kosher (you can find on Amazon) and they tend to be a bit more clumpy when melted so I had to add a little bit of shortening to smooth it out. Lieber’s is another brand for white chocolate chips. Do also note that when you add shortening to the mix, you get less stiff, more melty white chocolate once it is set. This is okay in the long run because you will want to keep these refrigerated or frozen when storing. Just keep that in mind. If you are using the White Polar Dream chocolate bars (you can find on Amazon or Premium Chocolatiers), those tend to be more on the thinner side so you most likely will not need to add any shortening.Print
Instead of animal shapes, make these cookie sandwiches with a round cookie cutter to keep things simple. You, of course, can make them into circus animals, as they make for a cuter cookie.
- 1 recipe Circus Animal Cookies, use 1 1/2″ round cookie cutter instead
- 1/3 c. shortening
- 2 1/2 c. powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- Cream together the shortening and powdered sugar with an electric mixer until nice and fluffy (about 1 minute). Add the vanilla and beat for another 30 seconds.
- After the cookies have set, pipe the cream onto one cookie and then sandwich together. Repeat until all cookies are filled.
- Store in the fridge or freeze in a baggie or air tight container.
Remember that your yield might vary from mine, depending on the size of the cookie cutter you use.
Remember, you don’t even have to make them into sandwiches, you can skip the cream filling and just go with the animal shapes. Regardless, these are a total blast from the past. Enjoy the sheer delight of feeling like a kid again with these cookies. Happy Baking!