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Circus Animal Cookies (Soft and Chewy)

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Take a bite into these tasty Circus Animal Cookies and they may just become a favorite. From the ingredients to the texture, these cookies are so simple and delicious! This recipe is a great treat to enjoy through the day or to make into goodie bags to serve at a birthday party.

The cookies on a pink serving plate.

Circus Animal Cookies

These Circus Animal Cookies are so good and made with only a few simple ingredients. Starting off with some refrigerated cookie dough, you will add in a variety of things such as circus animal cookies, white chocolate chips, and sprinkles all of which add a wonderful texture to this recipe. This amazing dessert cookie can be made with other animal-themed cookies to make a cute goodie bag variety pack. You can put in these cute Bear Paw Cookies or these adorable Penguin Nutter Butter Cookies.


  • Cookie dough- You will need a sugar dough that can be store-bought or homemade.
  • Circus Animal Cookies– These will need to be chopped to add into the batter.
  • Chocolate Chips- You will need white chocolate chips for this recipe.
  • Nonpareils– You will need multi-colored or rainbow nonpareils.

How to Make Circus Animal Cookies

Set the oven to 350 degrees and use parchment paper to line a baking sheet.

Add all of the ingredients into a large mixing bowl and stir until combined.

All the ingredients in a large bowl getting ready to be combined.

Begin placing scoops of the dough onto the prepared pan about 2 inches apart using a medium ice cream scooper.

Medium cookie dough balls arranged onto a prepared sheet.

Place the dough into the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until a light brown around the edges.

Take the baking sheet out of the oven and allow it to cool for 2 minutes before placing it on a wire rack

Serve and Enjoy!

Two circus animal cookies on a multi-colored cloth.

How to Store Sugar Cookies

Keeping your cookies stored correctly and soft is super simple. You will need to place your cookies into an air-tight container or a freezer bag. And, to keep your cookies soft and fresh all you have to do is add in a slice of bread.

Can I freeze these Cookies?

Yes, you can place these cookies into the freezer. You will need to make sure your cookies are suitable to be placed in the freezer for any cookies you may make. Cookies that are too delicate will fall apart when placed in the freezer whereas firm and sturdy cookies will hold being frozen.

Circus Animal Cookies stacked on top of each other on a cloth.

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Circus Animal Cookies

Published By Jill
Take a bite into these tasty Circus Animal Cookies and they may just become a favorite. From the ingredients to the texture, these cookies are so simple and delicious! This recipe is a great treat to enjoy through the day or to make into goodie bags to serve at a birthday party.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 22 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 cookies


  • 16 ounces refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • cup chopped circus animal cookies
  • cup white chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons rainbow nonpareils


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix until fully combined.
  • Using a medium cookie scoop to portion out the dough and place on the prepared baking sheet 2-inches apart.
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the edges are just golden brown
  • Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.


You can play with the ratios of animal crackers, chocolate chips, and sprinkles, but you should be careful to not add a total of more than 1½ cups of add-ins.
You can use a chopped white chocolate bar instead of white chocolate chips if you want.
To make a fun cookie sandwich, place vanilla frosting in between two cookies!
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A plate full of Circus Animal Cookies

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The cookie recipes are absolutely wonderful. Thank you for sharing this.5 stars


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