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Make Your Own Animal Crackers With This Simple Sugar Cookie Dough Recipe

Though this recipe doesn’t contain crushed-up animal crackers, it is inspired by the circus box flavor to give you major nostalgic feels. Honey and blitzed oats supplement an otherwise traditional sugar cookie dough. We recommend it in our Grinch linzer cookies, ombré pinwheels, and Rudolf corgi cookies, as pictured below. If you want to cut them out like circus animals, dunk them in pink or white chocolate, and top with plenty of rainbow sprinkles, we fully encourage that too!

See our ‘Grammable Holiday Cookie Guide.

(Recipe via Ashley McNeal/Brit + Co; photos via Brittany Griffin/Brit + Co)

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Animal crackers, grown up!

Make Your Own Animal Crackers With This Simple Sugar Cookie Dough Recipe

Though this recipe doesn’t contain crushed-up animal crackers, it is inspired by the circus box flavor to give you major nostalgic feels. Honey and blitzed oats supplement an otherwise traditional sugar cookie dough. We recommend it in our Grinch linzer cookies, ombré pinwheels, and Rudolf corgi cookies, as pictured below. If you want to cut them out like circus animals, dunk them in pink or white chocolate, and top with plenty of rainbow sprinkles, we fully encourage that too!

See our ‘Grammable Holiday Cookie Guide.

(Recipe via Ashley McNeal/Brit + Co; photos via Brittany Griffin/Brit + Co)

Brit + Co may at times use affiliate links to promote products sold by others, but always offers genuine editorial recommendations.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more if needed
  • 2 cups blitzed oats (quick oats blended until flour forms)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

Directions

Cream butter, honey, and sugar in an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes or until the ingredients are blended. Scrape the bowl with a spatula.

Add the eggs and vanilla. Continue to blend on high speed until the mixture is fully incorporated.

Sift flour, blitzed oats, salt, and baking soda.

Add dry ingredients into the bowl, and mix until just incorporated. Do not over mix, or the dough will toughen. If it appears too wet, mix in more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time.

Transfer dough to parchment paper, and refrigerate dough for 20 minutes.

Use a spatula to carefully transfer cookies to a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone baking mat, and space them at least 1 inch apart. If the dough becomes too warm and sticky, refrigerate the cutouts (on the baking sheet) for 10-20 minutes.

Use a spatula to carefully transfer cookies to a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone baking mat, and space them at least 1 inch apart. If the dough becomes too warm and sticky, refrigerate the cutouts (on the baking sheet) for 10-20 minutes.

Bake in a 350°F oven for 9-11 minutes, rotating the sheets halfway, until edges are very lightly browned.

Remove from the oven and allow cookies to cool a few minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack. Let cool completely before icing.

Our Latest In

Alright, folks. We've officially made it to fall. And if you haven't already started switching out your decor (as long as it's ready by Friendsgiving, right?) you still have time to do so. Draw inspiration from this round-up of new home products that includes harvest-inspired candles, cozy linens and textiles, and a v. practical piece of furniture. One scroll through these, and you'll have all the motivation you need to transition the seasons. Scroll on to start shopping.

Prism x LOREM Collection ($96+): Calling all Cali babes. The popular Long Beach boutique, Prism, announced a boho-fabulous collab with home decor line, LOREM, that we can't get enough of. Shop everything from plant hangers (eight options, to be exact) to artwork, all inspired by the very colorful vibes of the brands. If you were looking for a cheery way to tide you through winter, this. is. it!

Floyd Mattress (Price TBD): Fans of the cult-favorite Detroit-based brand will love their latest launch debuting on October 29. The highly-coveted Floyd Mattress will have the same made-to-last design and superior comfort as their other furnishings, tailored perfectly to fit the line's in-demand bed frame. Additional details for the mattress include a breathable foam material, highly-mobile packaging, and a low-profile design to secure your best night's sleep yet. Check back on the last week of the month to get one for yourself.

Dims 'Composed Vanity' ($595): Small space? No problem! Direct-to-consumer brand, Dims, is giving you a quick and stylish solution to your storage needs with their newest item that doubles as both a desk and vanity. The functional piece is made with non-toxic, chemical-free materials and can be assembled in seven minutes or less. Throw in four sleek shades to choose from, and this may just be your best purchase of 2019 yet!

Saatchi Art x The Citizenry Holiday Collection ($225+): Get ready to deck your walls this holiday season. Saatchi Art partnered with The Citizenry in a one-of-a-kind collection that features a curation of art across styles. Explore everything from modern to abstract creations in a selection so stunning, it's bound to spark a conversation at your next gathering.

NEST Spiced Orange & Clove Collection ($16+): If you haven't experienced the addicting aromas of the beloved NEST fragrance brand, this is the perfect time to get on board! The label recently released their latest scent — spiced orange & clove — just in time for all your gatherings. Inhale festive notes of orange pomander, spiced brandy, cinnamon, and gingered honey across their suite of candles and diffusers to bring all the good vibes to your home.

Bloomingdales x RiLEY Home ($19+): RiLEY Home gets millennials. So they teamed up with Bloomingdales to make shopping their selection more attainable than ever. Now, you can get in on long-lasting, luxurious staples like flannel sheets, bedding, printed throws, premium pet beds, and more, by shopping online and in-stores at the department store. (Trust us: These dream goods are ones you're going to be *glad* you stocked-up on.)

Italic Serene Towels ($12+): The luxury brand that prides itself on using the *same* factories namesake brands (like Calvin Klein and Lacoste) use, but without the price tag behind them, brings you a new product for fall. Treat yourself to Italic's ultra-soft towel set spun from fluffy, 100% Australian cotton, in a convenient set of six. Consider it the perfect indulgence after a long soak in the tub on a cozy FNI (Friday night in)!

Hyascent x Neiman Marcus ($169): 'Tis the season for a delightfully scented home. Warm your abode with scents like bourbon joy, cheeky rose and more in a unique diffuser that doubles more as decor than a fragrance-inducer. Fresh off the (online) shelves of Neiman Marcus, explore nine scents that last up to six months in a specialized hourglass holder. (Shhh! Your friends will never know the secret of why your place smells so darn good!)