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Copycat Circus Cookies

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These Copycat Circus Cookies will take you right back to your childhood.

Circus Cookies

We all grew up with those classic Circus Animal Cookies. They came in fun shapes like camels and elephants. Sometimes you would end up with two stuck together and the challenge of recreating a species or trying to guess what they could have been began. The nostalgia these bring is comforting and reminds me so much of after school snacking or those days my mom would pack a small bag full in my lunch box. It was just the little bit of extra love I needed. Recreating these cookies seemed like a no brainier!

After many many recipes tried (and failed) I have finally perfected the flavor profile of these classic cookies! I thought recreating those cut little animals dipped in  pink and white frosting would be a fun and quick experiment EXCEPT it turned out to be a little more time consuming than planned. The secret to getting the cookie just right is in the flours so whatever you do don’t skimp on the honey!

Copycat Circus Cookies

I started by searching the web for some mini animal cookie cutters. None that I found fit exactly what I was looking for so I settled for a mini Round Cookie Cutter with ruffled edges. My son didn’t seem to notice a difference and immediately recognized the cookie based on the colors of chocolate and rainbow sprinkles. However, if you want to stick with the original theme of animals try this  Zoo Animal Cookie Cutter Set. These aren’t miniature but would make an adorable set of full sized cookies!

Copycat Circus Cookies

Copycat Circus Cookies

Yield: 48 mini cookies


  • ¾ cup butter, soft
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon extract
  • 2-1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • Pink and white candy melts
  • rainbow colored sprinkles


  1. Whisk together the butter with the granulated sugar. Add the honey, vanilla, and lemon extract. stir until incorporated.
  2. In a small bowl stir together the salt, baking soda, and flour. Mix into the wet ingredients with the milk and stir until a soft dough forms.
  3. Divide the dough into 2 equal parts, wrap in plastic cling, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  4. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Roll into ¼ inch thickness and cut into your desired shapes. Transfer to a cookie sheet and bake for 8 minutes.
  5. Cool on a wire rack, dip in candy melts, and add sprinkles.
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