Farm Animal Cookies

Deep thoughts today.  So many hours spent muddling through quandaries and conundrums I’ve been having of late.  I’d thunk up a way to share some of these soul-filled ramblings of significance.

Then, I put up a picture of frosted farm animals.  How can a person with anything to say about the complexities of life write also about the simple pleasure that is pink and white cookies with rainbow sprinkles? (Did you SEE those pink piggies? Squeal city.) I’m not sure one can. 

Because, here’s the thing.  There are so many deep issues that divide us all.  Politics, religion, sports, education, vampirical love triangles.  I think about them constantly, mull them over obsessively.  Where do I stand on this issue? What do I believe is right? or wrong? or best?  Try as I might to privately sort through a whole slew of concerns about this crazy old world we live in, about life, about friendship, and sorrow and joy and truth and light, I mostly just get a headache.  I mostly just want happiness.  For me. For you. For everyone on this earth of ours. 

And that’s the thing about food. I love food for it’s adhesive abilities. For it’s cohesive qualities. It pulls together, unites, celebrates, lends peace, causes a table full of rapt silence, inspires laughter, opens minds, opens hearts, brings warmth to the belly, goodness to the soul. It is the great equalizer.  The round table at which everyone has a say, a hum, a smack of the lips. Food is how I proffer good tidings to all, escape the unanswerable questions and confusions that arise when life happens. 

Deep thoughts be damned. I want cookies with sprinkles for everyone. Always. The end.


Frosted Farm Animal Cookies


1 stick butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2/3 cup flour (or you can use all white flour if you don't have whole wheat)
1-3 tablespoons water
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup pink candy melts
Rainbow sprinkles


Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a medium bowl, use a fork to combine the butter, sugar, and flours until a fine crumb forms. Add just enough water to make the dough stick together. Be careful! You don't want it sticky, but just able to be rolled and cut without crumbling excessively.

Sprinkle a bit of white flour on a large, wooden cutting board. Place half of the dough on the cutting board and roll it out until it's about 1/4-inch thick. Cut into animal shapes using cookie cutters. Transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet and bake in preheated oven for 20-24 minutes, or until golden brown. (Over cook them ever so slightly beyond where you usually bake cookies for a nice, crisp cookie). Remove and allow to cool slightly.

During the last 4-5 minutes of bake time, toss the chocolate chips and/or candy melts in two medium, microwave-safe containers. Melt in the microwave. Once the cookies are removed from the oven, wait until they are warm to the touch, then dip them completely in the melted chocolate. Dipping the cookies while still a little warm will help you get a nice, light coat of chocolate on the cookies, without it being too thick & overpowering.

Transfer the cookies to a wire cooling rack and allow them to cool & harden completely before serving.

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22 Responses to “Farm Animal Cookies”

  1. 1

    Daydreamer Desserts on March 13, 2011 at 10:15 pm Reply

    I just can’t say no to these babies…

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    Jennifer (Savor) on March 14, 2011 at 4:45 am Reply

    These are in the mail right? HHHA . Sme thoughts in my head. But I ate chips instead. *sigh*

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    Diana @ a girl, a dog and an oven on March 14, 2011 at 5:58 am Reply

    Wow – some of my friends and I were just talking about these cookies not two days ago. And here they are, in all their cuteness. I will definitely be trying my hand at these. I’ll bet they taste like childhood! :o)

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    Katrina on March 14, 2011 at 6:05 am Reply

    Ahahaha these are so cute! I love the little sprinkles on them :)

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    Parsley Sage on March 14, 2011 at 7:36 am Reply

    Great way to look at life :) Everyone needs sprinkles. Thanks for sharing!

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    Angie-Bigbearswife on March 14, 2011 at 12:03 pm Reply

    Looks great! and they are super cute! thanks for the recipe!

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    Chelsea on March 14, 2011 at 1:27 pm Reply

    Quick Q: What did you use for the pink candy melts?

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    Kathy - Panini Happy on March 14, 2011 at 1:52 pm Reply

    I LOVE these! And I know my kids will too. I happen to have a set of circus animal cookie cutters, we’ll definitely try these soon.

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    Nikki Burns on March 14, 2011 at 5:40 pm Reply

    So. Excited.

    I must try to make these gluten free asap. It’s the simple things (and most awesome) like frosted animal cookies that make me excited! :)

    Thanks for sharing :)

    • Brooke replied: — March 14th, 2011 @ 9:03 pm

      Yes! Come on back here and leave your link to the gluten free version! Brilliant!

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    Penny on March 14, 2011 at 7:51 pm Reply

    Gosh, you sound like me.
    Over the weekend I decided to host a sewing marathon to benefit the ‘Dress A Girl Around The World’ campaign. i posted about it on Facebook, and suddenly before I knew what was happening the whole thread became a debate on religion. One friend is an atheist and didn’t like that it was backed by a christian organization and was concerned they were sending religious materials with the dresses, a friend who is a Born again Christian interjected that she hoped they did send literature and there the train wreck continued. Very disheartening when my one and only intention was to bless some girls with a dress each.. I posted about it on my blog in hopes that people will join me and then went to bake a home made pizza and an apple pie for dessert ;)

    • Brooke replied: — March 14th, 2011 @ 9:03 pm

      Oh. Penny. I am so sorry to hear. What a good thing you are doing. I’m heading right over to check it out. I’m all for dressing a girl. Religion or no. We’ve gotta support each other. XO

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    Megan on March 15, 2011 at 7:58 am Reply

    I love those darn circus cookies and these are adorable. I’m particularly fond of the pink piggy. It makes me smile! :)

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    mangiabella on March 16, 2011 at 10:16 pm Reply

    brooke, you are too precious for words, and have been an inspiration to me in more ways than one…thanks for shining your light in my corner of the world ~ life’s been running at mach speed over here and I’m behind on posts but the blog makeover is just perfect, it all is just wonderful and I am rejoicing for every bit of success and happiness you have encountered through all of your hard work and perseverance – keep shining sweet bella, j

    • Brooke replied: — March 18th, 2011 @ 12:00 am

      You darling. Thank you. Hugs and more hugs to you, too! Hang in there with the mach speed. Boy, do I hear you on that one!

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    Jenn@eatcakefordinner on March 19, 2011 at 3:03 pm Reply

    You cannot be serious? There really is a homemade version of these yummy cookies. It is hard for me to buy these, because I really will eat the entire bag by myself. Do these taste like the store bought ones? Your picture looks just like the real deal, did you use a cookie cutter like the recipe says?

    • Brooke replied: — March 20th, 2011 @ 7:50 pm

      Yes! The ones in the photo are actually the ones we made. They taste very similar to the ones you’ll buy, they are tons of fun to make, and if you can find some fun animal cookie cutters, they turn out so adorably!

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    Jaime {sophistimom} on April 16, 2011 at 12:25 am Reply

    I believe my children would have preferred to have you as a mom. These look scrumptious, Brooke!

    • Brooke replied: — April 17th, 2011 @ 11:17 pm

      Ha! I thoroughly doubt that, Jame!

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    Rachel @thedessertchronicles on October 5, 2013 at 4:30 pm Reply

    I love these and I am so excited to try making these from scratch!!

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