Welcome to the August version of Fill The Cookie Jar! This month, we are celebrating our One Year Anniversary! I have enjoyed baking with all my friends from this group. If you are a blogger and love baking and sharing your recipes, join our Facebook group and bake with us.
This month our theme is Kid’s Favorites. Children will be heading back to school soon and we all know they love a treat in their lunch box or when they come home from school. This month, I decided to make Homemade Circus Animal Cookies.
Since I don’t have a child that is school aged any more, I decided to make this recipe a Big Kid version! Since Big didn’t want to have little animals cookies in her work lunch, I made these a grown up shape! Big is a big kid and loves Circus Animal Cookies, so I know these will not stay in the cookie jar for long!
- 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup softened unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 egg at room temperature, beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Royal Icing Ingredients
- 2 egg whites
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- Food coloring in desired colors
- Cookie Directions
- Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl and set aside.
- In stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar on medium speed for several minutes until light and fluffy.
- With mixer on low speed, gradually add the egg and vanilla and mix until well combined. Add the flour mixture gradually. Mix until fully incorporated and the dough is smooth and uniform.
- Divide dough into 2 pieces and flatten into 1/2 inch thick discs.
- Wrap dough and refrigerate for 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease several cookie sheets or line them with parchment paper.
- Place dough on a lightly floured surface and dust with more flour. Gently roll the dough 1/8 inch thick.
- Using a cookie cutter, cut out cookies and place on sheets about 1 inch apart. I used a round cookie cutter for this Big Kid Version, but if you have animal cookies cutters it would be fun!
- Bake for 14–16 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through, until edges are golden brown. Transfer cookies to wire racks with a metal spatula to cool completely.
- Once cookies are cooled, decorate them with icing and spindles.
- Royal Icing Directions
- Using a mixer with the whisk attachment, combine all the ingredients and whisk for several minutes on high speed until the mixture is thick and shiny opaque white. It should have the consistency of glue. If it is too thin, add more powdered sugar by teaspoonfuls as needed. If it is too thick, add water by teaspoonfuls as needed.
- Divide icing into bowls for coloring. Keep the bowls covered or the icing will dry and harden. Add food color to icing to achieve desired colors.
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