Homemade Circus Animal Cookies

Circus Animal Cookies

These classic cookies have been on my to do list for a while now. Now that we’re in quarantine, what better & more valid of a time to eat my feelings!!! Am I right?! I really wanted to make something that would bring a little cheer to the world! It definitely brightened my spirits AND curbed my PMS cravings. HAPPY APRIL FOOLS to me! Thanks period.


These bright & fun sized treats have brought me so much joy during this CRAZY ASS TIME. Ok, less pity party, back to mini cookie cuteness! There are a lot of homemade circus animal cookie renditions out there, but what makes mine different you ask?!

1. Gluten-free goodness.

2. Almost all of the cookie recipes out there frost JUST the tops in royal icing (w t f guys).

That isn’t what a circus animal cookie is!! No. A circus animal cookie is COATED in chocolatey goodness! So you BET your quarantined ass that’s how we’re doing ours in this home <3


I’m not going to sugar coat it, I tried various recipes 3x before “nailing” it. They’d be delicious, but they’d SPREAD… & you don't want that. Your cute little elephants will quickly morph into jabba the hutt. That's not really what we’re going for here. I realized it’s ALL in the method of this recipe! It goes against ALL of my baking instincts. Know how = room temperature butter. Creaming the sugar & butter until fluffy.

...but things that normally equate to a delicious pastry were making my cookies spread! Follow this recipe & you will have successful cutout cookies that don’t spread.




Put on stretchy pants.

Eat thousands like I did.

Let it happen girl <3




Serves: at leeeeast 60 mini animal cookies

Prep Time: does it matter when something is SO CUTE?!



|  GF SUGAR COOKIES  | Recipe courtesy of: https://www.evolvingtable.com/cut-out-sugar-cookies-dont-spread/

½ cup butter COLD, cut into cubes

1 cup sugar

1 large egg

1 ½ tsp vanilla extract

1 ½ cups white rice flour

¾ cup tapioca starch

1 tsp xanthan gum

½ tsp salt



12 oz bag white chocolate chips

4 tsp. vegetable oil

Pink gel food color (stay away from water based dyes as it seizes chocolate!)




1.    Whisk flours, xanthan gum & salt together. Set aside.

2.    Combine sugar & COLD butter in electric mixer bowl. Beat at medium speed for 1-2 minutes until JUST combined (will look like big, coarse, sugary crumbs).

3.    Add egg yolks & vanilla extract, mixing for 1-2 more minutes.

4.    With mixer on low, add flour blend & salt. Mix until dough starts to form a ball.

5.    Make a large ball/disc & wrap cookie dough in plastic wrap. Chill dough for 1 hour (you NEED the dough to rest & let the flour absorb the butter so your cookies don’t spread).

6.    After chilling, roll dough between two sheets of plastic wrap (scroll for photos) to ¼ “ thick. This method makes rolling & cleanup a BREEZE. Not to mention your cookies pull straight off nice & clean <3

7.    Place cookies on PARCHMENT lined baking sheet. Pleeease DO NOT skip the parchment. A greased cookie sheet WILL make your cookies spread (which we don’t want), & an ungreased cookie sheet is a crispy stuck mess. Fair warning lovies!

8.    Put your cookie tray directly in the freezer while your oven preheats!

9.    Preheat oven to 375F.

10.    Bake your cookies for 7-9 minutes, or until your cookies are golden on the edges.

11.    Cool cookies completely before dipping in chocolatey goodness.



1.    In a large glass bowl, melt chocolate chips in microwave in 30 second increments. Stirring between.

2.    Once fully melted, add vegetable oil & split chocolate evenly between two bowls.

3.    To one bowl, add a drop of pink dye until you get your desired pink color! You will have two bowls: 1 white choc & 1 pink choc!

4.    Using a regular fork OR 2 prong chocolate fork, dip each cookie into the chocolate coating (alternating between white/pink). Wait a few minutes before applying sprinkles so they don’t sink in your chocolate. ***NOTE: You may have to reheat your chocolate a couple times so it stays warm & runny!

5.    Sprinkle cookies & love all over these cuuuuuuties! <3




Sugar cookie ingredients!


The mini animal cookie cutters! Can you even stand IIITTTT *heart eyes*


Sugar dough!


Rolling between two sheets of plastic wrap! Saves your dough. Saves flour. Saves time. Saves you!


See ^^ Peels like a dream.



Not a great photo, but it's the dipping procedure setup!





















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