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Frosted Animal Cookies Recipe made with a cake mix, featured by top US cookies blogger, Practically Homemade

Frosted Animal Cookies Recipe

A vanilla cake mix is transformed into the most fun and delicious childlike cookie ever. Who doesn't love a cookie baked into a cookie?

Course Dessert
Keyword frosted animal cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1-15.25 oz vanilla cake mix
  • ½ cup butter {softened}
  • 4 oz cream cheese {softened}
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 oz rainbow nonpareils
  • 20-22 frosted animal cookies {I used pink}


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. Combine the cream cheese and butter with a hand held mixer {or by hand} until you have a cream consistency. Add egg and vanilla extract. Mix until incorporated. Finally, add the cake mix and mix until it is well combined and thick. 

  3. Scoop heaping tablespoons of dough {using a medium scoop or 1 1/2 tablespoons} onto a dish that is covered in the rainbow nonpareils. Roll the cookie in the sprinkles to cover. Place sprinkle coated cookie dough balls onto a parchment {or silicone} lined baking sheet.

  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and press a Frosted Animal Cookie into the middle of each baked cookie. Press down so that the animal cookie is indented into the baked cake mix cookie.

  5. Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes and then move to a cooling tray to cool completely. The pink frosting on the outside of the Animal Cookies will slightly melt, so be sure you wait for that to harden back up.

  6. Serve or store in an air tight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.