What’s better than a cookie within a cookie? Not a whole lot. This nostalgic treat is sure to bring back memories of your childhood. I incorporated the Mother’s Circus Animal cookies I enjoyed as a kid into a basic sugar cookie to create this pretty, pink cookie. They would make for a festive Valentine’s Day sweet (I know I’m a little late on this one…) or for a girls’ baby shower.
Circus Animal Cookies
- 2 3/4 cups flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 14 oz. bag Mother’s Circus Animal Cookies, crushed (leave some larger chunks)
- Preheat oven to 375F. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and baking powder. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a standing mixer, cream together butter and sugar until smooth and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Gradually add flour mixture and stir until dough forms. Using a spatula or wood spoon, mix in the animal cookie chunks and crumbs until fully incorporated. Take a heaping tablespoon of dough and roll it into a ball. Place on ungreased cooking sheet.
- Bake for about 8 or 9 minutes, until edges are set. Be careful not to over bake, even if they don’t look done, because they will harden as the cool (it took me a few batches to figure out this trick). Remove from baking sheet to cool on wire rack. Make sure to try some fresh out of the oven, too. Delicious!