Frosted {Noah’s Ark} Animal Cookies

16 Mar

Animals are great. Cookies are supergreat. Frosting is…well, need I even say it?

So, since my cat oddly has something against frosting on his fur, I had to come up with a plan B. Enter the cutest frosted animal cookies you will ever see outside of a Mother’s bag.

In fact, I’d say they’re even cuter, and you want to know why?

1.) They’re not circus animals, but rather Noah’s Ark animals.  That makes them kinda amazing.
2.) For the most part, I know what’s in them (I’m a little iffy on the candy-coating part, but come on)  Let me just say, I’ve never actually read the ingredient list on the back of those store bought bags, but I kinda cringe at the thought of additives I can’t even pronounce as a science major.
3.) Sprinkles!! (Yes, I realize getting excited about sprinkles negates number 2. Pick your battles!)  These little guys are perfect for a first post on a blog that mentions sprinkles specifically, don’t you think?

Frosted Noah’s Ark Animal Cookies

* 3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
* 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
* 2/3 cups shortening
* 2 eggs
* 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
* 2 Tbsp milk (any kind will work)
*1 tsp vanilla extract
* 1/2 tsp salt
* 1 bag each white and pink candy melts
* Colorful, round sprinkles

Directions:

Cream together the shortening and sugar in a stand mixer until fluffy. Add in your milk, vanilla and eggs, mixing to incorporate after each addition.
In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.
Slowly add the flour mixture by spoonfuls into the wet ingredients with the mixer on low (or you’ll end up with a flour shower!). Once the dough comes together, wrap it up and refrigerate it for a couple of hours to make it easier to roll out later. I stuck mine in the freezer for about an hour, because I’m impatient like that.
Once the dough is sufficiently chilled, roll it out into an even, thin layer, about 1/4″ or so. You want it thinner than a regular sugar cookie since these are tiny guys and you’ll be coating them. Bake on a parchment or silpat lined cookie sheet for about 6 minutes at 400 degrees until golden brown around the edges. My oven tends to cook pretty hot, though, so make sure you keep an eye on them around the 5 minute mark. Let cool on a wire rack.
To frost, place candy melts in microwave safe bowl and melt according to the directions on the bag, as they vary between brands. Dip each cookie in, both sides, and pull out with a fork, letting excess coating come off. Place on a sheet of parchment paper and sprinkle with sprinkles quickly before the candy cools and sets. I put them in the fridge for an hour or so once I was done, just to help them set a little more. Enjoy!

Spotted!

When the Mother’s version vanished off store shelves (a few years back, was it?) everyone thought it was the end. Panic. Hysteria. I get it.

Now if they are ever in danger of disappearing yet again (maybe because your cat takes a fancy to hunting them), I trust you know what to do. It involves that really big boat. 

Or just make these.  Or just makes these anyway. Mmmm…. Just like mother’s used to make makes? 😀

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5 Responses to “Frosted {Noah’s Ark} Animal Cookies”

  1. sheila @ Elements March 31, 2011 at 5:22 pm #

    These are adorable!!! Who wouldn’t love them?! So I’m not surprised that cute kitty cat is checking them out. She probably smells the butter. Bet if you soaked one in some milk she’d gobble it up!! 🙂

    • stacy April 3, 2011 at 6:48 am #

      I bet you’re right, Sheila! I had to keep a close eye on them =)

  2. Meg April 6, 2011 at 8:57 pm #

    These are so cute! They really caught my eye because my son’s name is Noah…I’ll have to make them for him one day when he is old enough (only 8 months). I am very new to food blogging too. I look forward to seeing what you have up your sleeve!

    • stacy April 7, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

      What a sweet comment, thank you so much! I hope I can live up to expectations! =)

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