Frosted Animal Cookies

Irma | mycreativekneads
by Irma | mycreativekneads
100 Cookies
53 min

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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Recipe details
  • 100  Cookies
  • Prep time: 45 Minutes Cook time: 8 Minutes Total time: 53 min
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For the cookies
  • 1.5 sticks of butter
  • 54 gms brown sugar
  • 12 gms vanilla extract
  • 61 gms honey
  • 315 gms all purpose flour (plus more if needed)
  • 2 gms baking powder
  • 3 gms cinnamon
  • pinch of Himalayan sea salt
  • 1 egg
  • sprinkles
For the white glaze
  • 2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 2 - 3 Tbsp water
For the pink glaze
  • Left over from white glaze
  • 1/8 tsp beet powder
For the cookies
In a stand up mixer, using the paddle, cream together the butter, sugar, and honey until light and fluffy.
In a separate bowl, whisk the vanilla and egg.
Add the egg mixture to the butter and mix until well combined.
In a separate bowl, add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and mix until combined.
Add the dried ingredients to the wet ingredients, half at a time and beat until combined and the dough comes together. If it’s a little sticky, add more flour as needed, tablespoon at a time. The dough should not be overly sticky.
Generously flour a work surface.
Divide dough in half and flatten each half into a disk. Cover with clear wrap and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
Remove 1 disk from refrigerator, roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thickness ) dust with flour to prevent from sticking).
Using cookie cutters, cut the cookies.
Transfer the cookies to a parchment lined baking sheet (leave approximately 1/2 inch to an inch space between cookies) and freeze for 15 to 20 minutes until firm.
Repeat with the remaining disk of dough and any scraps you have left over from first disk.
Preheat oven to 350° F then bake on middle rack of the oven for 9 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
Cool on the baking sheet 10 minutes then transfer to wire racks until completely cooled.
For the white glaze
In a bowl combine the sifted powdered sugar, vanilla and water. Whisk until completely incorporated without any lumps.
Dunk the tops of the cookies into the glaze, allow the excess to drip off or lightly shake excess off.
Transfer to a wire rack and decorate with sprinkles if desired. 
Note: Glaze 3 to 4 cookies at a time, decorate with sprinkles before glazing more. The glaze dries fast and the sprinkles adhere better when applied to wet glaze.
For the pink glaze
Using the leftover white glaze add the 1/8 tsp beet powder to make the pink glaze or use less and add a little at a time until you achieve the color you desire.
  • Glaze half of the cookies with the white glaze first then add the beet powder into left over glaze to make the pink glaze.
  • Land Land on Apr 16, 2021

    I don't have the patience to roll out cookies but these are adorable! With

    beet powder! Where can we buy that?

    • Irma | mycreativekneads Irma | mycreativekneads on Apr 17, 2021

      These are so simple to make and taste really great. They have been a hit with everyone who’s tried them. I purchased the beet powder on Amazon. Get one that’s organic. I hope you try the recipe and enjoy it 🤍