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Circus Animal Cookie Dough Truffle Bars

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These eggless cookie dough bars are filled with Circus Animal Cookies and sprinkles. These Circus Animal Cookie Dough Bars are topped with a white chocolate ganache for that perfect truffle finish.

A cookie dough bar with a truffle topping is stacked on top of a bowl of Circus Animal Cookies

Yesterday was mother’s day and I hope that all the mothers out there were pampered the way they should be. But I have to say, I am of the belief that mothers need to be celebrated more than just once a year.

Besides giving birth, which I have never experienced myself (but the more I hear about it, the more I fear it), they spend the next 18 years trying to raise their babies to be respectful and responsible human beings. They then spend the next 10 years worrying about their child graduating from college, getting a job and finding a suitable mate. Being a mother never  ends.

Cookie Dough Truffle Bars are stacked on top of one another, lot of sprinkles and white chocolate on top

It took me well into my young adulthood to truly understand and appreciate the roll my mother played in my life. I could not have more respect for her. Squeeze your mother a little tighter the next time you see her.

I always remember my mom’s Toll House Chocolate Chip cookies, but really I just wanted to the cookie dough. It’s an unhealthy obsession.

Cookie Dough Bars stacked on top of one another and the top bar has a big bite taken out of it

Cookie dough makes everything better. Sprinkles make it more pretty. These Circus Animal Cookie Dough Truffle Bars are are eggless cookie dough bars filled with Circus Animal Cookies and sprinkles, topped with a white chocolate ganache.

This year happens to be the 100th anniversary of Circus Animal Cookies. ONE HUNDRED YEARS of fabulous, frosting covered shortbread cookies dotted with colored sprinkles.

Circus Animal Cookies are one snack that I can’t keep in the house, as I will for sure eat the whole bag. Low and behold they also happen to be my boyfriends husband’s favorite.

A top down look at a cookie dough truffle bar with sprinkles on top

The last time I bought them, I made Circus Animal Fudge. I love taking a bite into these bars and getting a surprise cookie bite! If you like chocolate, you will love the white chocolate truffle layer on top of these bars.

These no-bake bars are perfect for summer time, and they come together pretty quickly! I have a healthy obsession with cookie dough. Remember my Funfetti Cookie Dough bars a couple weeks ago? Yeah. You’re welcome.

If you would like to heat treat your flour before using, I recommend referring to this article about how to cook your flour so it’s safe to eat.

Circus Animal Cookie Dough Truffle Bars

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A cookie dough bar with a truffle topping is stacked on top of a bowl of Circus Animal Cookies

Circus Animal Cookie Dough Truffle Bars


These eggless cookie dough bars are filled with Circus Animal Cookies and sprinkles. These Circus Animal Cookie Dough Bars are topped with a white chocolate ganache for that perfect truffle finish.


For the cookie dough

  • 1 1/2 cups Circus Animal cookies
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup sprinkles

For the truffle

  • 12 ounces white chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup sprinkles


  1. For the cookie dough: Empty Circus Animal cookies into a large Ziploc bag. Use a rolling pin to gently crush cookies into small pieces. You want a mix of crumbs and large chunks of cookies.
  2. Allow butter to come to room temperature.
  3. Combine butter and both sugars in a medium-sized bowl. Mix with a handheld mixer until smooth. All chunks of sugar and butter should be broken up.
  4. Add flour and salt. Mix just until combined. Mixture will be crumbly.
  5. Add vanilla extract and milk. Mix until dough is soft. Add crushed cookies and sprinkles last.
  6. Line a 9×9” pan with parchment paper or tin foil, and wrap over the top edge. Empty the cookie dough into the pan and gently press dough into the pan with your fingers.
  7. For the truffle layer: In a microwave safe bowl, combine chocolate chips with heavy cream. Microwave on high for 90 seconds. Remove bowl from microwave (careful, it’s hot!). Whisk together until chocolate starts to melt.
  8. Pour melted chocolate over top of cookie dough. Top with additional sprinkles.
  9. Leave on the counter for at least 30 minutes to allow the chocolate to cool then refrigerate until firm.
  10. Remove from refrigerator 20 minutes before serving. Lift parchment paper out of pan and cut bars into squares.

Recipes from my friends:

Ice Cream Cake with Circus Animal Crust from Food, Faith Fitness

Circus Animal Truffles from Cake Spy

Frosted Animal Chunk Sugar Cookies from Wishes and Dishes

Other recipes from Beyond Frosting:

Circus Animal Cookie Cake

If you like Circus Animal Cookies, you will love this cake! It’s an easy vanilla tye dye cake, vanilla buttercream and Circus Animal cookies. It’s covered in a pink chocolate ganache and sprinkles.

Circus Animal Brookies

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  1. Alyssa {Cake, Crust, and Sugar Dust}

    YUM! These look amazing!! Such a sweet childhood throwback mixed in a truffle bar form! Love it!!

  2. Sarah Caron (Sarah's Cucina Bella)

    A friend introduced me to the frosted circus animal cookies in college and I fell absolutely in love with them. Now my kids love them too (though I don’t buy them often). These truffle bars are so adorable! I love how you’ve taken a nostalgic snack and transformed it into something so fun.

  3. Lauren

    I absolutely love cookie dough and those iced animal cookies are AMAZING. I think I could eat a whole batch of these myself. I’d be thrilled if you’d link up at this week’s Off the Hook!

  4. Stephanie

    This looks delicious! I would love for you share it on my Tasty Tuesday recipe link up here! Everything gets pinned and I would love to have you!

  5. Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen

    These are the cutest ever!! I love circus animal cookies, but hardly ever buy any, I need to change that!

  6. Trish - Mom On Timeout

    These bars are just fantastic Julianne! My mom LOVED circus animals so I’m going to have to make this for sure, in honor of her 🙂 Pinned!

  7. Laura Dembowski

    These pictures just made me so hungry! I love those cookies and these bars sound even better! I should make these for my mom. I fear her job will never ever be done and I feel bad for her!

  8. Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

    Visiting from Tuesday Talent Show. We don’t have circus animal cookies over here in the UK, they look great though as does this fudge..I co-host Sweet and Savoury Sunday and would love for you to stop by and share this and other recipes with us. Have a great day!

  9. Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes

    Oh my gosh i love these!!!! Thanks for linking up to my cookies!! There’s just something so nostalgic about those circus animal cookies!

  10. Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar

    I’m addicted to those little cookies. They do not last around me either – soooo addicting! I want these bars!

  11. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    YES! I am totally in love with circus animal cookies (Thanks for sharing my Ice Cream Cake!!!) and cookie dough, so I am TOTALLY obsessed with these! Pinned! 😀
    P.s I totally fear birth too! UGH

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