Thursday, January 22, 2009

Making My Kitchen into A Three-Ring Circus

Pile of Aminamals
During the holidays, I dared venture into my temple, Williams-Sonoma. It's dangerous when I walk into any W-S, I could come out pennyless with an apple peeler and corer or espresso machine. It's happened. There have been interventions!! On this most recent (online) visit, I spotted Circus Animal Cookie Forms, you know, like Barnum's Animal Crackers!! I could make them at home!

Animal Cookies
I've always loved Barnum's Animal Crackers, partly I believe to my birthday sharing with 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:

The Giraffe
A Giraffe

The Seal
A Seal

The Tiger
A Tiger

The Elephant
An Elephant

The Lion
And a Lion

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.

All Lined Up
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.


Bear Silber said...

What?! No bears?

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

Shut up! You did NOT make your own animal crackers!! Hahahahaha very very nice post! :P

Siobhan said...

@bear: I know, no bears. I'll have to find a bear form.

Unknown said...

Hi Blondie! I've been SO tempted to put those animal crackers cutters into my online shopping cart...more than once! They're adorable. How did you like the WS recipe?


Brownie said...

These were so yummy!

Anonymous said...

The Mock Graham Crackers in More from the Gluten-Free Gourmet by Bette Hagman (p 87) worked beautifully with the cookie cutters. Aren't they fun?!

Anonymous said...

The cookie cutters aren't on the website anymore...:-(

Anonymous said...

the cookie cutters are in the store - I just saw them on Friday at Roosevelt Field