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
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.Coat a jelly roll pan (cookie sheet with sides) with cooking spray and parchment paper if desired.In a large bowl, or stand up mixer, beat the butter, cream cheese, sugar and egg until frothy and light; about 4 minutes.
Add the vanilla and beat for 1 more minute.In 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.Add in the chopped cookies, and mix just until incorporated evenly.Press the dough into the large jelly roll pan. The dough is very stick, just keep working at it with a spatula.Sprinkle with the coarse sugar evenly over the top
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.
Continue just until melted and smooth. Do not burn.
Pour the chocolate into a small Ziploc baggie. Work the chocolate to one point. Snip the corner of the bag.Drizzle the chocolate over the entire cookie bar.Allow 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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