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a childhood classic treat. little cracker like cookies in the shapes of animals, covered in white and pink frosting glaze, and tons of sprinkles on top. frosted animal cookies!
homemade honestly makes everything better. like really.
these cute little guys also have a something extra added into it to give it even more flavor. ever hear of princess extract? it’s honestly one of the best things that i have ever bought and i highly suggest that you get some. it’s a three-in-one flavor combination featuring: lemon, almond, and vanilla.
i also found these super tiny, adorable cutters specifically for these cookies. it’s not the typical zoo animals like the lion and the bear, but little critters. there’s the fox, cat, dog, fish, rabbit, bird, duck, horse, bear, and then some unknown animal that i just can’t seem to figure out what it is. anyone have any ideas? it’s the one at the top right. i’m leaning towards a sheep but i’m still pretty unsure.
these are also super addictive. just like the store brand, which is also super addictive, these were gone in a day when i made them. my family literally devoured them. but then again, who wouldn’t. they’re so small and taste so good!
the only downside is that because the cutters i got are so small, it was a little time consuming. so be my guest and use different cutters that are bigger or any cutter you want in any shape you want. here’s a few different options, including the ones that i used:
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frosted animal cookies
1 stick unsalted butter
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp princess extract
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. in the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the sugar and butter together, about 1 minute. add in the egg and princess extract and mix until incorporated. gradually add in the dry. divide the dough in half and wrap in cling wrap. place in the fridge for about half an hour to chill. roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness and use the cutters to cut out the shapes. place the cookies onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. bake for 8-10 minutes. let cool.
6 tbsp butter, soft
2 cup powdered sugar
4 tbsp meringue powder
1/2 tsp princess extract
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp milk
mix the butter, powdered sugar and meringue powder until coarse and crumbly. add in the extract and milk. divide the glaze in half and color one batch a light pink.
to glaze the cookies, have a wire rack placed over a sheet pan to catch excess glaze. using a fork, dip the cookies into the glaze and the tap on the side of the bowl. place the cookies on the wire rack, add sprinkles on top, and leave to let the glaze set.