Circus Animal Cookie Fudge

by Jillian

 A creamy white chocolate fudge laced with sweet chunks of frosted Circus Animal Cookies! No cooking involved!

Circus Animal Cookie Fudge | A baJillian Recipes

So, everyone remembers those addictively sweet and sugary Circus Animal Cookies enrobed in pink or white frosting and speckled with tiny sprinkles…

Circus Animal Cookie Fudge | A baJillian Recipes

The cookies that we all tried to sneak into our mom’s grocery cart when she wasn’t looking…

Circus Animal Cookie Fudge | A baJillian Recipes

They’re pretty much kid crack, except you never really grow out of this addiction. I sure haven’t.

Now, you’re probably thinking that there’s absolutely no way to improve on those delicious gems of childhood joy, but I’m here to prove you wrong…

Circus Animal Cookie Fudge

Circus Animal Cookie Fudge.

Circus Animal Cookie Fudge | A baJillian Recipes

One bite of these creamy, melt-in-your-mouth cubes of Heaven, and YOU WILL BE HOOKED! I pretty much made an already addictive treat into something absolutely lethal. Photographing these little jewels of sweetness was almost impossible seeing as I found it extremely difficult to restrain myself from licking my fingers every time I touched a piece. 

Circus Animal Cookie Fudge | A baJillian Recipes

I couldn’t help it! The lusciously smooth texture of the fudge interlaced with the sweet crunch of those irresistible Circus Animal Cookies was too difficult to resist! I also couldn’t get over the flavor of the fudge! The cream cheese added that very subtle tartness that reminded me of cream cheese frosting, and it wasn’t overly rich like most fudge recipes tend to be.

Circus Animal Cookie Fudge | A baJillian Recipes

I know I’m just setting you up for a diabetic coma…but believe me, it’s worth it.

Circus Animal Cookie Fudge | A baJillian Recipes

And when you see just how unbelievably simple this fudge is to make, you’re sure to agree!

Circus Animal Cookie Fudge | A baJillian Recipes

I hate working with candy thermometers, but luckily, these days there are more and more simple (thermometer-free!) fudge recipes that aren’t as complicated or involved as they used to be. The recipe that I’ll be sharing with you today is exactly that–simple, quick, and NO special equipment required! Don’t you just love those kinds of recipes?

Circus Animal Cookie Fudge | A baJillian Recipes

Here are the basic ingredients that you’ll need with the exception of the pink dye and sprinkles since they’re optional.

Circus Animal Cookie Fudge | A baJillian Recipes

First, line an 8×8 inch glass dish with parchment or wax paper. In a standmixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or in a large bowl with a hand mixer), beat the cream cheese until smooth. Gradually add the powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time, beating until fully combined.

Circus Animal Cookie Fudge | A baJillian Recipes
Microwave the white chocolate for 1 minute, remove and stir. Then return it to the microwave for 20-30 seconds more until smooth and lumpless. Add white chocolate to the cream cheese mixture and beat until smooth and fluffy.

Circus Animal Cookie Fudge | A baJillian Recipes
Pour 1/4 of the mixture into a bowl and stir in the pink food coloring. Set aside.

Circus Animal Cookie Fudge | A baJillian Recipes
By hand, stir the chopped cookies into the remaining (non-colored) cream cheese mixture.

Circus Animal Cookie Fudge | A baJillian Recipes

Place 1/2 of the mixture into lined glass dish, smoothing it into an even layer. Evenly drop spoonfuls of the pink cream cheese mixture over the white layer. Pour the remaining white cream cheese mixture over the pink layer, spreading a smooth even layer.
Using a skewer or knife, swirl figure-eights throughout the fudge, reaching all the way to the bottom of the dish. Smooth out the top, and add optional sprinkles.

Circus Animal Cookie Fudge | A baJillian Recipes Refrigerate fudge until firm (about 1 hour). Remove the fudge from the pan and cut into small squares. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Circus Animal Cookie Fudge | A baJillian Recipes

Circus Animal Cookie Fudge

 A creamy white chocolate fudge laced with sweet chunks of frosted Circus Animal Cookies! No cooking involved!
Prep Time 1 hour
Chilling Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 64 Pieces

Ingredients
  

  • 4.5 ounces Circus Animal Cookies, coarsely chopped
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 12 ounces white chocolate*
  • Pink food coloring
  • Sprinkles

Instructions
 

  • Line an 8-inch square dish with parchment or wax paper.
  • In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or in a large bowl with a hand mixer), beat the cream cheese until smooth. Gradually add the powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time, beating until fully combined.
  • Microwave the white chocolate for 1 minute, remove and stir. Then return it to the microwave for 20-30 seconds more until smooth and lumpless. Add white chocolate to the cream cheese mixture and beat until smooth and fluffy.**
  • Pour 1/4 of the mixture into a bowl and stir in the pink food coloring; set aside.
  • By hand, stir the chopped cookies into the remaining (non-colored) cream cheese mixture. Place 1/2 of the mixture into lined dish, smoothing it into an even layer. Evenly drop spoonfuls of the pink cream cheese mixture over the white layer. Pour the remaining white cream cheese mixture over the pink layer, spreading a smooth even layer.
  • Using a skewer or knife, swirl figure-eights throughout the fudge, reaching all the way to the bottom of the dish. Smooth out the top, and add sprinkles.
  • Refrigerate fudge until firm (about 1 hour). Remove the fudge from the pan and cut into small squares. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Notes

*Since white chocolate doesn't melt as smoothly as regular semi-sweet or milk chocolate, I went with a higher quality white chocolate, such as Lindt.
**If mixture becomes too thick after adding the white chocolate, microwave mixture (in a microwave-safe bowl) for 30-45 seconds, or until it's easier to pour and spread in the dish.

 

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18 comments

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Lisa March 4, 2015 - 4:35 AM

This shop sells your fudge but also uses your pictures:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/224727770/circus-animal-fudge-half-pound?ref=shop_home_active_4

So NOT cool!

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Jillian March 5, 2015 - 3:31 AM

Thanks for the heads up, Lisa! I really appreciate it!

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Doreen duke January 3, 2015 - 1:30 PM

I live in Canada and I can’t find Circus Iced animals crackers here .Any ideas what i can use instead,,,the fudge looks so yummy.Thank you

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Jillian January 3, 2015 - 11:08 PM

Hi Doreen! Actually, almost any kind of cookie would be great in this recipe–Oreos (especially the Golden Birthday Cake ones!), Keebler Fudge Stripes, or even regular un-iced animal cookies would work!

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Stephanie August 27, 2014 - 4:16 PM

I have a deep love for Circus Animal cookies, so this looks perfect! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

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Mary August 24, 2014 - 5:53 PM

Looks delicious as always. You never cease to amaze me Jillian. This may be a silly questions but do you always shoot in manual?

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Jillian August 24, 2014 - 10:50 PM

Thanks Mary! I actually just started to learn how to shoot in manual. I was using a regular point-and-shoot (on automatic) for a while, but just recently got a DSLR, so I’ve been slowly learning as I go. White balance has been a HUGE frustration for me though…do you have any tips on that? Your photos always look fantastic!

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Alesha @ Full Time Mama August 22, 2014 - 3:56 AM

You’re kidding right? Animal cookies AND cream cheese?! Gah, I can’t resist! And no, I haven’t outgrown my addiction to these cookies. I imagine a new addiction is about to begin.
Thanks for sharing with us at DDT!

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Jillian August 22, 2014 - 4:18 AM

It’s nice to hear another person is as crazy about Circus Animal Cookies as I am! The fudge is even more addictive, which doesn’t seem possible!

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Sue {munchkin munchies} August 21, 2014 - 2:42 PM

This is GENIUS, not to mention, FUN!

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michelle August 20, 2014 - 10:19 AM

i love this idea for fudge, your pics are awesome!

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Jillian August 21, 2014 - 2:14 AM

Thanks Michelle!

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Thalia @ butter and brioche August 20, 2014 - 6:06 AM

these little fudge treats are so cute! loving all the pink and sprinkles thats going on, definitely craving a bite right now.

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Jillian August 20, 2014 - 6:35 AM

Thanks Thalia! Pink and sprinkles do go really well together 😉

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Ali @ Inspiralized August 19, 2014 - 9:49 PM

I just saw this while on Pinterest and circus animal cookies are my WEAKNESS!!!! Ahhh, this recipe is incredible.

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Jillian August 20, 2014 - 6:33 AM

Thanks Ali! Circus Animal Cookies are one of my weaknesses as well! I had to hold myself back from engulfing the entire dish of fudge!

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