Here’s How to Make Nostalgic Circus Animal Cookie Truffles

A staple of every kid’s childhood, Circus Animal Cookies were those crazy addicting pink and white treats that even the coolest kids would snack on.

I whipped up these totally nom-worthy truffles on Chronicles of a Foodie and wanted to give ya’ll the scoop. We’re taking Circus Animal Cookies, mixing them with frosting and dipping them in white chocolate. It really is the next logical step in taking this childhood fave to the next level.



Circus Animal Cookie Truffles

Recipe adapted from The Domestic Rebel


  • About 3 cups Circus Animal cookies
  • 1/2 can cream cheese frosting
  • 1 pkg white chocolate chips
  • Rainbow nonpareils
  • Pink food coloring

(Note: I doubled the recipe when I made my batch. This recipe is for a single batch)


1. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and set aside. Meanwhile, in a food processor, grind the cookies (about a cup at a time–work in batches) until finely ground, coarse crumbs.

2. Pour all the ground cookies into a large bowl. Once cookies are ground, spoon in the half can of cream cheese icing. Using your clean hands or a spoon, mix together the crumbs and frosting until thoroughly combined.

3. Begin portioning the crumb mixture into inch-sized balls (I used a small cookie dough scoop) and place the balls onto the foil-lined baking sheet. Repeat until all the mixture is used up.

4. Freeze the truffles for about 3 hours or until completely frozen and solid. While they’re freezing, prepare your white chocolate according to package directions until smooth and melted. Pour half that mixture into a separate bowl, and using your pink coloring, tint one of the bowls a pretty pink shade.

5. Dip half the batch of truffles into the white chocolate, and the other half into the pink chocolate. I used a fork to coat all sides of the truffles, then allowed the excess to drip off the bottom before gently placing each dipped truffle back onto the foil-lined sheet. While still wet, sprinkle the truffle tops with the rainbow nonpareils.

6. Allow all the truffles to harden and set, about 20 minutes in the fridge. Store leftover truffles airtight for about 2-3 days at room temperature, or a week in the freezer–just allow them to come to room temperature before eating them that way.

Recipe & Photography by Chronicles of a Foodie

By Ashley Khawsy

Ashley believes in breakfast for dinner, sushi burritos, and the fact that there's always room for dessert. She moonlights as a pastry chef baking up sweet treats for her business, Smashbakes.

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