Growing up I spent a lot of time visiting my grandmother. When I arrived to her home, she’d have a couple of surprises for me. One surprise was a booklet with paper cut out dolls and clothes and the other surprise were frosted animal crackers/cookies with sprinkles. I loved them and my days spent with her. She’s no longer here but our memories together remain vivid.
Now that I’m a grandmother to 4 sweet kids, I want them to have memories of times spent with me and the special treats I make for them. They love cookies, I frequently make mini chocolate chip cookies which they love. However, they’ve never tasted animal cookies because I know now as an adult that they’re full of a lot of bad ingredients, so I decided to make them instead. They not only turned out delicious, they were simple to make and super cute and talk about nostalgic treats 🥰 that’s what these are to me. They bring back lots of great memories.
I chose to not use food coloring and instead I used beet powder. No, it didn’t give the cookies a beet flavor either but it sure did give it a lovely color. This recipe makes lots of mini sized cookies but depending on the size of your cookie cutter, it can make less.
I think these are perfect Easter cookies especially if you make them using bunny cookie cutters.
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Alright, let’s get baking!