P.T. Barnum, but I've never even considered making them at home since I never had the intricate forms. Williams-Sonoma's set contains:
Since I never imagined I would be making these, I've never kept any animal cookie recipes. Luckily, W-S gives you a recipe on the back of their box. It a typical sugar cookie recipe with some mace and nutmeg added. I've been brainstorming on what to do with the next batch, make it more gingerbready? more lemony? I'm not sure. Experiments are needed.
Getting ready for the oven
W-S recipe was a little off for my oven; they called for a 350° oven for 12 to 15 minutes. In reality, the best batches (best, but not perfect) came out of a 325° oven after 12-14 minutes. It would also help if I did batches of one shape each, it's taking a long time for me to learn that lesson.