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3.97 from 136 votes

These soft and chewy Circus Animal Cookie Blondies are buttery and sweet. Pieces of the famous Circus Animal Cookies are in each bite!

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I wanted to share an extra special treat recipe with you all that consists of some of my favorite cookies! I present to you….Circus Animal Blondies!

Who doesn’t love these good old fashioned famously legendary Circus Animal Cookies?! I know I sure love them. It’s hard not to love a pink and white frosted cookie that is covered in sprinkles, am I wrong?  These cookies definitely remind me of a childhood treat.

These Circus Animal Blondies are made with a basic buttery blondie batter and then I added crushed Circus Animal Cookie pieces, sprinkles and then topped them with more cookies. They smell like heaven when they come out of the oven.

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You want to be sure to let these cool until they are set for at least 10-15 minutes. Otherwise the frosting from the animal cookies will smear when you cut them into bars.

These cookie bars resemble a dense butter cookie and cake with lots of cookie pieces and sprinkles in between. This dessert is such a treat for both adults and kids. 

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I know for a fact that any child would love these because I made these for a BBQ and these were the biggest hit for the kiddos! We had to hide them until they all ate all of there dinner so it was a perfect bribe!

These would make a great after school treat for the kids or event a dessert for their lunch boxes.



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Circus Animal Blondies

These soft and chewy Circus Animal Cookie Blondies are buttery and sweet. Pieces of the famous Circus Animal Cookies are in each bite!
3.97 from 136 votes
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Course: Dessert
Keyword: animal cookies, blondies, circus animal cookies, cookiebars, dessert, easyrecipes, kidfriendly, sprinkles
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 24 bars
Calories: 217kcal


  • 3/4 cup butter; salted and room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 cups Circus Animal Cookies
  • 1/4 cup sprinkles, plus more to sprinkle on top


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a stand mixer or electric hand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until creamy and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time until combined. Add the vanilla extract and mix for another 30 seconds until mixture is smooth and combined.
  • Add the flour and baking powder and mix until the dough starts to come together. The consistency will be like a thicker cake batter. Fold in the Circus Animal Cookie pieces and sprinkles until combined.
  • Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking dish and pour batter evenly. I used a spoon to smooth out the thick batter. Top with more cookies and more sprinkles.
  • Bake for 25- 30 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool completely on a cooling rack. Slice into squares with a sharp knife and serve. Enjoy!
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  1. You want to be sure to let these cool until they are set for at least 10-15 minutes. Otherwise the frosting from the animal cookies will smear when you cut them into bars. 


Serving: 1bar | Calories: 217kcal | Carbohydrates: 28.4g | Protein: 2.3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7.5g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 79mg | Potassium: 21mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 16.8g | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. These just bring me right back to my child hood! I always loved circus animals growing up! I am so glad I found this recipe! I’m about to go make them right now! I have high hopes! I’m sure they’ll be great! Thank you so much!

  2. 5 stars
    OK, these are just the cutest blondies EVER! I am making these later today to suprise my kids! Love this idea!

  3. 5 stars
    My kids would love to have this. I can’t believe how simple they are to make and how tasty they are! A delicious way to satisfy my sweettooth.

  4. I don’t know if I missed something? I let mine cool completely but they ended up looking pretty mangled from trying to cut through the cookies. I also found these were more like cake with cookies pressed in rather than blondie texture, a cute idea though.

    1. Hi Jen, thank you for letting me know. That is so strange and I am sorry these bars didn’t turn out the way you were anticipating. I always use a sharp knife to cut through the cookies and maybe you over cooked the bars a bit? If you over-bake the bars, they will be more cake-like. I will look into this. Thank you!

      1. 4 stars
        Mine were similar! Hard to cut but the insides were still wet. I added white chocolate chips and that might have done it

  5. Why the 325 degree baking time? Seems kind of low. My oven doesn’t bake very hot, I’m wondering if 350 would be better. Seems more common for cookies.

    1. Hi Patty, thanks for your comment! I have always baked these bars at that temperature and it has always worked. I find that with the lower temperature the bars don’t brown as quickly since they get baked for 25-30 minutes. I hope this helps and that you love this recipe! Please note every oven temperature varies so please be cautious when baking.

  6. 4 stars
    So freaking yum! Mine turned out slightly softer/gooey than I would have liked, but I think a couple minutes longer in the oven could fix that. I also added hersheys cream cheese chips and more sprinkles. Such a fun treat – thank you!