Pimp that Animal Cookie!

pimp that animal cookie

¬†Blame it on the “super size me” world that we live in, but I’m a big fan of the site Pimp That Snack, where users create their own giagantic – a.k.a. pimped – versions of popular snack foods. Top ranked projects include the Creme de la Creme Egg, Giant Twix, Rubiks Cake and a McDonalds Apple Pie.

Since I first started visiting the site, I’ve been tempted to do a “pimp” of my own. With so many great entries already up, it was difficult to choose what I wanted to make. This weekend it came to me. I decided to pimp a frosted circus¬†animal cookie. Made by Mother’s and Keebler, these are a perennial kids favorite, with a crisp animal-shaped cracker coated in white or pink frosting and topped with sprinkles.

I chose to make a sea lion cookie (inspired by my recent trip) and based on the fact that I thought there was a sea lion in the circus lineup (apparently there isn’t anymore). I cut the critter out by hand with a sharp knife after rolling out the dough. Due to its size, the cookie didn’t get quite as crisp as I wanted it to, but still ended up tasting great and looking even better than I had imagined. I’ll have to work on scaling down the recipe for a small, crispy version before I post it here, though.

Keep reading for some details of the animal-crafting process:

pimp that animal cookie in progress

This is the unbaked cookie going into the oven. It held its shape really well!

pimp that animal cookie baked, but naked

Fresh from the oven and slightly crisp. I let it cool before trying to frost it.

pimp that animal cookie getting frosted

This is the bottom coating. I used a thick simple glaze (powdered sugar, milk, vanilla, food coloring) and poured it over the bottom, spread it with an offset spatula and let it set up for a few hours. Then, I flipped the cookie and repeated, adding sprinkles to the wet icing.

pimp that animal cookie getting eaten

Finally, I sliced up my not-so-little sea lion and ate it. And, yes, I did share.


  1. Haha – very very cool! The Sea Lion looks great, what a cutie :) I’ve never had the original cookies though – looks interesting, definitely :)

  2. I love it. I’ve always been a huge fan of those frosted animal cookies.

  3. I love it!! Love love love it!

  4. I love those animal cookies and yours looks great! I think you need some bigger sprinkles though!

  5. I love that site. My favorites are the attempts to pimp a Scotch Egg. There have been some really creative attempts to create an artificial, giant egg.

  6. What a fun idea for a kids cooking session!

  7. wow that looks awesome! i love the site pimp my snack too. :)

  8. That’s awesome! Pimping snacks definitely falls into my category of go big or go home!

  9. Yeah, when I made homemade ones of these the hardest thing to do was to replicate the waxy frosting…which I was never able to do. I love the jumbo sized one though, very cool.

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