Frosted Animal Cookies Recipe

Frosted Animal Cookies Recipe

How To Make Frosted Animal Cookies

Fun comes in different shapes and sizes like these animal cookies, frosted with a simple icing and decorated with sprinkles for a treat everyone will love.

Preparation: 45 minutes
Cooking: 35 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total: 2 hours 50 minutes



For Cookies:

  • cupsall-purpose flour
  • 1tspbaking powder
  • ½tspsalt
  • 1cupunsalted butter,softened
  • ½cupgranulated sugar
  • ½cuppowdered sugar
  • 1large egg
  • tspvanilla extract
  • ¼tspalmond extract
  • rainbow nonpareil sprinkles

For Icing:

  • cupspowdered sugar
  • ¼tspvanilla extract
  • 4tbsphalf and half,plus more as needed
  • pink food coloring


Cookie Dough:

  1. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

  2. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer cream together butter, granulated sugar, and powdered sugar until well combined. Mix in egg, vanilla extract, and almond extract.

  3. With the mixer set on low speed, slowly add in the flour mixture and mix until combined. Divide mixture into 2 equal portions, then shape each portion into a smooth 6-inch disk.

  4. Wrap with plastic wrap and chill for 1½ hours, or until firm. Alternatively, chill overnight then let rest on the counter for about 5 minutes if the dough is too firm to roll.

  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F during the last 10 minutes of chilling.

  6. Dust a clean work surface with flour then place one disk of dough on a floured surface. Dust top lightly with flour, and roll out to ¼-inch thickness. Leave the other dough disk chilled.

  7. Cut into mini animal shapes then use an offset spatula to transfer them to a baking sheet lined with a silicone liner or parchment paper. Leave about ¾-inch between cookies.

  8. Bake in preheated oven for about 7 to 11 minutes until set. Meanwhile gather scraps of dough, mash, and shape into smooth disk again and refrigerate.

  9. Remove from oven and cool several minutes on baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely. Repeat with remaining disk of dough.


  1. In a medium mixing bowl whisk together powdered sugar, vanilla, and enough half and half or cream to reach a medium consistency.

  2. Divide mixture evenly among two bowls, tint one of them with pink coloring, and leave the other white.

  3. Spread over cookies and immediately sprinkle with sprinkles after frosting each one. Let rest until glaze has set.


  • Calories: 32.78kcal
  • Fat: 1.53g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.95g
  • Trans Fat: 0.06g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 0.40g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.07g
  • Carbohydrates: 4.49g
  • Fiber: 0.06g
  • Sugar: 2.61g
  • Protein: 0.33g
  • Cholesterol: 5.36mg
  • Sodium: 12.76mg
  • Calcium: 4.12mg
  • Potassium: 4.27mg
  • Iron: 0.12mg
  • Vitamin A: 13.01µg
  • Vitamin C: 0.00mg
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