Animal cookies | Pastry Recipes

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  • Cute little cookies in the shape of their favorite beasts, these animal cookies are sure to please children.

    These cookies were created by Annabel Karmel, one of our favorite kid-friendly food writers. Her recipes are always as simple as possible, so there really is very little that can go wrong. And they’re always popular with kids, who can also help with mixing, rolling and cutting. You can cut them into any shapes you (or your little people) like and decorate them however you like. The sheep are nice and easy because most of the frosting is white so there’s no need to use food coloring. Plus, we like the slightly sneaky look these guys have, like they’ve been caught trying to get into the next field. This batch makes about a dozen cookies, and they will keep for a few days in a box, once cooled.


    • 45g softened butter

    • 70g sweet brown sugar

    • 4 tablespoons golden syrup

    • 1 large egg yolk

    • 170g plain flour

    • 2 teaspoons ground ginger

    • ½ teaspoon baking soda

    • ¼ tsp salt

    • Decorate:

    • 125g icing sugar, sifted

    • writing glaze


    • Beat butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy, then stir in golden syrup and egg yolk until just combined. Sift over the flour, ginger, baking soda and salt, and stir in with a wooden spoon to form a paste. Place the dough on a piece of cling film and shape it into a disk about 1 cm thick. Wrap and refrigerate for 1-2 hours until firm.

    • Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Mark 4. Roll out the dough between two pieces of parchment paper until about 3mm thick. Cut out animal shapes and use a palette knife to transfer them to baking sheets lined with parchment paper. If the dough becomes too soft, lift it, still on the parchment paper, onto a baking sheet and put it in the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes to firm it up.

    • Bake the cookies for about 12 minutes until puffed and golden around the edges. Let them cool on a wire rack.

    • Make the glaze by mixing the icing sugar and 1 tablespoon of water. Pipe the frosting into the cookies to decorate.

    • Draw on faces and other features using writing icing squeezed from a tube.

    Tip for making animal cookies

    Try flavoring these cookies with other things like cinnamon or lemon zest, instead of ginger.

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