animal cookies

Easy Recipe for Animal Cookies

Who doesn’t love adorable animal cookies? They’re easy to make, fun to decorate and are delightful snacks. In addition, cookie-making is an excellent opportunity for parents to bond with their kids and provides an outlet for imagination and creativity when it comes to frosting and decorating. Here’s a simple recipe for animal cookies, guaranteed to produce tasty results that will put huge smiles on your kids’ (and their friends’) faces!

Animal Cookies

SERVINGS: 2 dozen

PREP TIME: 15 Minutes

COOK TIME: 8-10 Minutes

Equipments

Ingredients

  • 510g all-purpose flour
  • 225g sugar
  • 175g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • Store-bought frosting, food dye, food pens
  • Hundreds and thousands, small candy pieces

Instructions

  1. Using electric beaters, beat the butter for 1-2 minutes on medium speed.
  2. Slowly add the sugar, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  3. Beat in the egg, then the vanilla extract until thoroughly combined.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  5. On low speed, add half the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and beat well.
  6. Add the other half and keep beating until well-combined and a smooth dough forms.
  7. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight.
  8. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 175 C.
  9. Line 2 baking/cookie trays with non-stick baking paper.
  10. Roll the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, around 3-5mm thick.
  11. If the dough is too soft, return to the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  12. Cut out desired animal shapes using cookie cutters.
  13. Transfer the cut-outs to the trays, 2-3cm apart.
  14. Dough scraps can be gathered, kneaded and re-rolled again to make more cut-outs.
  15. Bake the cookies for 8-12 minutes, until the edges turn golden brown.
  16. Remove from oven and cool cookies on a wire rack.
  17. Decorate cookies only when they have cooled completely.
  18. Fill a pastry bag with frosting, or use a plastic sandwich bag with a small corner cut off.
  19. Various food dye colours can be added to small batches of plain frosting for more colourful cookies.
  20. Outline the animal cookies with frosting or use food pens to draw on them.
  21. Dot small pieces of candy with frosting and “glue” them onto the cookies for features like eyes or ears.

Store cookies in a tightly sealed container so they last for weeks; you can also make animal cookies as treats or snacks during parties, or fill a box with them to give as gifts!

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