These yummy Halloween “Circus Animal” Cookies are a delicious Halloween party treat or classroom treat idea! I love these easy-to-make and super cute Halloween cookies –  a perfect homemade addition to your “You’ve Been Booed” basket! 

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Earlier this year, I baked a batch of Easter Bunny Circus Animal Cookies, and my family went absolutely CRAZY over them! In fact, they loved them so much that they devoured the entire first batch the night before our Easter party, and I had to quickly whip up another batch to take to our Easter celebration! Since they loved the cookies so much, I decided to surprise them with a batch of Halloween Circus Animal Cookies, dipped in colors and covered in sprinkles to match the holiday season!

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When Alli at Cupcake Diaries invited me to be a part of her 5th annual 30 Days of Halloween series, I knew this Halloween Circus Animal Cookie recipe would be the perfect one to share, and I hope that y’all love it as much as my family does! Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of this post to check out all of the awesome Halloween recipes in the series – there are SO many fantastic ideas!

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Supplies for Halloween Circus Animal Cookies:


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Roll the sugar cookie dough to 1/4″ thick, and cut with mini cookie cutters. The mini cookie cutter set comes with several different Halloween-the shapes, but for my “circus animal” cookies, I used only the pumpkin, bat, cat, and skull cutters. Bake until lightly golden and then allow to cool on a wire rack.

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Melt candy melts in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave in 30-second increments, stirring well after each until the candy is completely melted. Using a candy dipping fork, dip the cookie into the melted candy, and gently tap it against the side of the bowl to remove the excess. Transfer to a sheet of parchment paper or nonstick baking mat, sprinkle with Halloween nonpareils and let the cookie sit undisturbed until the candy has firmed up. (Note: for more photos of this process, check out our Easter Bunny Circus Animal Cookies post!)

halloween circus animal cookies

SUPER cute and totally easy peasy!

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They’re just as delicious as they are adorable! These bite-sized cookies are made to be eaten by the handful, and once you start, it’s hard to stop! They’re SO yummy!

Easy-to-make Circus Animal Halloween Cookies

Halloween Circus Animal Cookie Recipe - yummy Halloween treat idea!

One batch of sugar cookie dough will make around 80-120 cookies depending on the size of your cookie cutters, so there will be plenty to share with friends, family, neighbors, and more! They make a great homemade treat to tuck inside of your “You’ve Been Booed” treat baskets, too! (psst…we’ve got a couple of free printables for that as well – find them HERE and HERE!)

halloween circus animal type cookies

halloween circus animal type cookies

Halloween Circus Animal Cookies

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What You’ll Need:

  • 1/2 cup Granulated White Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 cup Butter, softened
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 2 1/2 cups Flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt


  • Cream together the butter and sugars. 
  • Add egg and vanilla, and mix well. 
  • In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. 
  • Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredient. 
  • Mix until thoroughly combined, and chill dough in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. 
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out the cookie dough to 1/4" thick, and cut with cookie cutters. 
  • Bake on a lined cookie sheet for 7-10 minutes or until the cookies are lightly golden. Allow to cool on a wire rack.  
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halloween circus animal cookies on plate

If you like these fun and tasty Halloween treats, be sure to check out all of the recipes from the Cupcake Diaries 30-Days of Halloween series!

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  1. 5 stars
    These are the cutest cookies! My husband and kids are already asking me to make them. haha Can’t wait! Thanks so much for participating in the Halloween series and for sharing such a great recipe.