Circus Animal Treat Bar

Circus Animal Cookie Bars

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Circus Animal Treat Bar

Circus Animal Cookie Bars

I wanted to combine the tender sugar cookie bars with one of my most favorite sweets – Animal Circus Cookies and I think it turned out…A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!  

Really, kids of all ages love these.  They are  perfect for picnics, outings or anytime you want a yummy sweet treat. Make up a batch and enjoy these today:)


Circus Animal Cookie Bars


1 ½ cup sugar

1 cup butter, softened

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

1 egg

2 tsp. vanilla

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

2 ½ cup. flour

12 oz. package Mother’s Circus Animal Cookies

1/4 – 1/3 cup coarse/decorating sugar

1/2 cup white chocolate buttons/melts


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Coarse chop the cookies.Circus Animal Cookie Bars 1Coat a jelly roll pan (cookie sheet with sides) with cooking spray and parchment paper if desired.Circus Animal Cookie Bars 2In a large bowl, or stand up mixer, beat the butter, cream cheese, sugar and egg until frothy and light; about 4 minutes.Circus Animal Cookie Bars 3

Add the vanilla and beat for 1 more minute.Circus Animal Cookie Bars 4In a small bowl combine the flour, baking powder and baking soda. Mix them together well. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat for 2 minutes.Circus Animal Cookie Bars 5Add in the chopped cookies, and mix just until incorporated evenly.Circus Animal Cookie Bars 6Press the dough into the large jelly roll pan. The dough is very stick, just keep working at it with a spatula.Circus Animal Cookie Bars 7Sprinkle with the coarse sugar evenly over the topCircus Animal Cookie Bars 8

Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until light brown and cooked all the way through. Check the center with a toothpick; when it comes out clean.

Allow it to cool completely.

In a microwaveable safe bowl, melt the chocolate at 20 second intervals stirring well after each interval.Circus Animal Cookie Bars 9

Circus Animal Cookie Bars 10Continue just until melted and smooth. Do not burn.Circus Animal Cookie Bars 11

Pour the chocolate into a small Ziploc baggie. Work the chocolate to one point. Snip the corner of the bag.Circus Animal Cookie Bars 12Drizzle the chocolate over the entire cookie bar.Circus Animal Cookie Bars 13Allow chocolate to set up, cut and serve. Keep any leftovers covered.

Carrie’s recipe adapted from jamiecooksitup, Copyright Carrie Groneman, 2014

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8 replies
  1. Janine Huldie
    Janine Huldie says:

    Yup, my girls love these cookies, so I think they would love these bars. Hope to try very soon for them and Carrie totally appreciate you sharing the recipe here today. Have a wonderful Friday and weekend, too 🙂

  2. Nicole
    Nicole says:

    What an interesting mix. I love those little animal crackers. My son just licks the pink and white frosting off and then spits them out. *SMH* Thanks for sharing with us this week at #yuckstopshere link up. Come join us again next week.

  3. Sydney @ Tastefully Frugal
    Sydney @ Tastefully Frugal says:

    Wow! These look soo good!! I LOVE the circus animal crackers and combining them with sugar cookies is like heaven in my mouth 🙂 Thank you so much for linking up to Creative K Kids Tasty Tuesdays! I’ll be pinning this on my personal cookies board as well as the Tasty Tuesdays Pinterest Board


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