Things are getting very real around here.
My baking addiction is maybe becoming a serious problem. I've always loved sweets and baked goods. But now instead of enjoying them like a normal person, I'm constantly wondering how I can make them myself. Because why buy a baked good in the store when you can bake it yourself and it will take 3 times as long?
That's something a crazy person says. But if these cookies are wrong, I definitely wanna be right. That's because whatever's right has got to be even sweeter, cuter, and more delicious than these homemade circus animal cookies. Which would be quite impressive.
It's a basic sugar cookie, with added nutmeg. Then you use candy melts (which you can buy at a craft store or on amazon) to cover them with after they've cooled. This recipe involves a lot of time in the fridge and freezer, but just FaceTime your sister while you're waiting and the time will fly by. I made the dough ahead of time and chilled it in the fridge overnight. Then after each cookie sheet had enough dough animals on them, I popped the entire sheet in the freezer for about 15 minutes. I think this helps the dough retain the shape better.
Another hint I've adapted after many years of baking sugar cookies around the holidays, is to wrap the pre-made dough into balls or discs with saran wrap. I only work with one dough ball at a time, so the rest of the dough stays nice and chilled until right before I roll it out and start using the cookie cutters on it.
These cookies taste just like the kind you can buy at the store. I know this because I bought a bag on Friday evening and "taste tested" the entire thing by Saturday morning. Don't be grossed out, I'm a growing girl and I need my sustenance.
Dip your little farm in some candy melts mixed with shortening (to thin it out) and you've got yourself the cutest little batch of nostalgia to enjoy with a glass of milk.
It's so tempting to name them, but that just makes it harder to eat them later. My favorite is the giraffe shape.
So cute. I am having a lot of fun eating these. I'm also bringing these to work tomorrow because the recipe made SO many cookies. Even though my roommate and I are perfectly capable of eating them all ourselves, I think it's best that I get these cuties out of my apartment as soon as possible.
Recipe ever so slightly adapted from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen