Circus Animal Cookie Truffles are a fun and colorful no-bake dessert, with a pink-and-white layered surprise inside!
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Well, as most of the world has heard, Houston has had a couple rough weeks. A really bad dude named Harvey flooded our beautiful city with over 50 inches of rain. More rain than the United States has ever measured from a single storm. Enough rain that the National Weather Service had to add a new color to its rainfall maps. So much rain that the water will not recede from certain neighborhoods for weeks. Your Ready to Yumble crew was VERY thankful to make it safely through the storm, but with somewhere around 50,000 homes flooded, we all have friends and family with serious damage. Yeah, “rough” is probably an understatement.
So why are we blogging about something as frivolous as Circus Animal Cookie Truffles? It may sound silly, but when I’m feeling overwhelmed by my problems, it helps me to take a mental break by reading something that is, in fact, totally frivolous. Food blogs, especially baking blogs, became a safe haven for me. So here’s our small contribution for anyone who needs a quick mental vacation. There’s color! Sprinkles! Sugar! They’re a no-bake, kid-friendly, and totally doable pick-me-up – something we all need right now.
For me, circus animal cookies are a total guilty pleasure. I know there’s not much too them, but somehow they’re absurdly charming. Maybe it’s the cheery pink color. Maybe it’s the fun animal shapes. Maybe it’s the explosion of sprinkles. If I ate them blindfolded, I might say they taste generally like a vanilla frosted cookie, but when I see them heading straight for my mouth, I’m convinced they taste like something extra special.
So what better ingredient to create a happy little truffle? Of course, for maximum happiness, I couldn’t just mash up the cookies and put them in something. No, the color and sprinkles had to be preserved! Celebrated! Elevated! These Circus Animal Cookie Truffles are the result of a brainstorm where I asked myself, how could I make an inherently fun snack EVEN MORE FUN??
The answer? LAYERS of fun!
To make these adorable Circus Animal Cookie Truffles, you start by separating the pink and white cookies. Blend each color with a bit of cream cheese, until you get a soft, slightly sticky “dough.” Chill the “dough” to reduce the stickiness – for nice, neat layers, don’t skip the chilling!
You’ll start to build the truffles by rolling small balls (about a 1/4 teaspoon) of both pink and white “dough.” Freeze these little balls until they’re firm. Then, build the next layer by wrapping the pink balls in white “dough,” and white balls in pink “dough.” Another round of freezing will get them ready for the final layer: pink and white candy coating. Finally, the grand finale: a generous sprinkle of, well, sprinkles! I used nonpareils for that circus animal cookie flair, but feel free to use your favorite color and size of sprinkles. (These would be adorable for a little girl’s baby shower with pink and white sprinkles!)
These Circus Animal Cookie Truffles stay fresh in the fridge for about a week, and they’re delicious served cold. You can also freeze them, but as they defrost the candy coating tends to crack. If that doesn’t bother you (and it sure doesn’t stop ME from eating them), freeze away.
Your friends, kids, basically anyone who’s not dead inside will love biting into these Circus Animal Cookie Truffles and getting a fun surprise. Whether you’ve had a rough day, or a REALLY rough day, or just a normal day you want to turn into something special, here’s a dessert to meet your needs.
P.S. If you’re a foodie interested in helping Hurricane Harvey victims, the Houston Food Bank is a worthy organization that will be helping a lot of people for a long time.
- One 12-oz. bag circus animal cookies
- 6 oz. cream cheese
- 6 oz. pink candy melts
- 6 oz. white candy melts
- Nonpareils, or other sprinkles
- Separate the white and pink cookies.
- In a food processor, blend the white cookies with 3 oz. cream cheese until well combined and fairly smooth. Repeat with the pink cookies and 3 oz. cream cheese. Refrigerate the pink and white mixes (separately) in covered containers until cold, at least an hour.
- From the white mix, roll about 24 small balls, about ¼ teaspoon each. Repeat for the pink mix. Latex gloves will help keep your hands clean. Place the small balls in a covered container in the freezer for at least 30 minutes.
- Take about a teaspoon of the pink mix and press it around a small white ball, completely covering the white with pink and rolling smooth. Repeat for the remaining balls, covering the white with pink and the pink with white. Freeze the balls for another 30 minutes.
- Melt the pink and white candy melts in separate bowls according to your package instructions. Dip the white truffles in the pink candy and the pink truffles in the white candy, completely covering each truffles. Place the truffles on a sheet of parchment paper. After dipping each truffle, sprinkle with nonpareils or other sprinkles, while the candy is still wet. Let harden at room temperate at least 30 minutes.
- Once the candy hardens, you can transfer the truffles to a closed container in the fridge. Truffles can be stored in the freezer, but be aware that the candy coating may crack when they defrost. Serve room temperature, chilled, or frozen - whatever you prefer. Enjoy!