These are the best low calorie version of crumbl circus animal cookies! These are one of my absolute favorite cookies. They are super soft, chewy and taste so good! The almond extract really packs a punch and is so flavorful.
I’ll admit I had more than a few failed batches of these but with enough trial and error I was able to get them to taste EXACTLY like the circus animal cookies I would have bought right from crumbl cookies.
If you made it here it’s because you clearly love cookies. Give one of my other low calorie cookie recipes a try!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies, Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cookies, Crumbl Key Lime Pie Cookie Copycat, Copycat Crumbl Churro Cookie Recipe, The Best Chocolate Cookies and Cream Cookie – Crumbl Copycat, Low Calorie Red Velvet White Chip Cookies – CRUMBL copycat, Crumbl Blueberry Muffin Cookie with Streusel – Healthy Copycat
INGREDIENTS FOR CRUMBL CIRCUS ANIMAL COOKIES
You probably have most of these in your pantry! Make sure to use the recipe card below. It has easy to read instructions with all the exact measurements you’ll need to make these super soft, chewy, delicious circus animal cookies!
Light Margarine – I recommend using either I can’t believe it’s not butter light or country crock light. These come in large tubs (they don’t make sticks!). I’ve also tried to use the tub version of blue bonnet and the recipe texture changes a bit but should be fine, you might need to up the flour a tiny bit if using blue bonnet. If you don’t care about calories you can sub this out 1:1 for butter.
Light Brown Sugar, Granulated Sugar, Powdered Sugar – If you don’t have powdered sugar (it’s really easy to make! Blend granulated sugar to all hell & BAM! Powdered sugar) you can up the granulated sugar. It will have a slight effect on the texture of the cookie and they won’t be as soft.
Egg Yolk – I know what you want to do. “I’ll just use egg whites, or apple sauce, or any other lower calorie alternative” Stop, don’t pass go. Use the egg yolk. I only recommend replacing this if you are doing a super small batch and don’t want to waste an egg.
Vanilla extract and almond extract – When I tried this cookie directly from crumbl I was smacked in the face with that warm almond flavor.
Flour – I use all purpose flour in this recipe. I have not tried this with any other type of flour. You may be able to sub this our for a 1-1 gluten free flour but I have not tried it and cannot vouch for how the recipe will turn out.
Salt – Salt balances out all the flavor profiles in your cookies!
Cream of tartar – We use cream of tartar to keep the cookies super soft and chewy.
Baking powder – The baking powder makes the cookies rise. If you only have self rising flour you can skip this and the salt (that’s what makes “self rising flour” self rising!)
Nonpareil sprinkles – You could use regular sprinkles but these are the ones that crumbl uses!
Frosted circus animal cookies– You’ll need to have self control and not eat all the cookies while making these.
White chocolate Chips – For melting! This will get the animal cookies to stick to the top of the cookies!
Oil – You’ll need a tiny bit of oil to melt down the chocolate chips. Don’t skip this, it only adds 40 calorie to the whole recipe.
How do I make these Crumbl Circus Animal Cookies?
This recipe is so easy to throw together! It uses just one bowl and are out of the oven in 10-12 minutes. The full details on how to make these are in the recipe card below but here’s the short version:
1. Cream together sugars & light margarine.
2. Add in your eggs & extracts.
3. Add in salt, cream of tartar, baking powder and flour.
4. Fold in sprinkles, scoop onto your baking tray, bake for 10-12 minutes.
5. Let cool once out of the oven, Melt together white chocolate & oil. Top each cookie and add on a circus animal cookie!
What are the Calories / Macros of These Crumbl Circus Animal Cookies?
If you were to buy this cookie directly from Crumbl you’d be scarfing down 600 calories.
This recipe makes 10 Crumbl Sized cookies.
Each Cookie is: 264 Calories, 42 g of carbs, 9.4 g of fats, 3.9 g of protein.
Each Cookie without the topping / circus animal cookie: 222 calories, 37 g of carbs, 6.9 g of fats, 3.7 g of protein.
This recipe will also make 22 “normal” sized cookies.
Normal Cookies: 120 calories, 19g carbs, 4.2g fat, 1.77 g of protein.
Normal Cookies no topping: 99 calories, 16g of carbs, 3.1g of fat, 1.6g of protein.
What Substitutes Can I Make?
I find my recipes to be best as written but I might be a little biased.
Sugar: If you are going to substitute out the sugar in the recipe I don’t recommend subbing out more than half.
Eggs: If you want to make this as a smaller batch I would divide all ingredients by 4, This would give you 2.5 jumbo cookies or 5.5 normal sized cookies. Instead of using egg yolk you can use “egg replacer”. I use bob’s red mill egg replacer. It’s available at target and super easy to find. You also might be able to use unsweetened applesauce but I have not tried it yet.
Almond Extract: If you don’t like almond flavor you’ll want to sub this out. This cookie is a combo of a circus animal sugar cookie and an almond cookie. The almond extract flavor is really potent in this. You can either reduce the amount of almond extract (a little almond extract goes a really long way) or if you decide to eliminate it you’ll want to replace it with equal parts vanilla extract.
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THE BEST CRUMBL CIRCUS ANIMAL COOKIESCourse: DessertCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
3/4 cup Light Margarine (185g)
1/2 cup granulated sugar (100g)
2 tablespoon brown sugar (25g)
1/4 cup powdered sugar (25g)
1 large egg yolk
2 teaspoon vanilla extract (8g)
1/2 teaspoon almond extract (3g)
2 & 1/8 cup all purpose flour (270g)
¼ teaspoon salt (2g)
¼ teaspoon cream of tartar (2g)
1 teaspoon baking powder (4g)
2 tablespoon nonpareil sprinkles (20g)
10 frosted circus animal cookies
2 tbsp white chocolate chips (28g)
1 tsp oil
- Preheat the oven to 350F, line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Cream together light margarine and all sugars (granulated, powdered and brown).
- Mix in Vanilla & almond extract, egg & egg yolk.
- Add in salt, baking powder, cream of tartar and flour. lightly mix in sprinkles (make sure not to overmix).
- Place dough in the fridge for 10-15 minutes.
- Using a large cookie scoop or a measuring cup to scoop cookies onto parchment paper. Cookie dough will be very moist, you will not be able to separate by hand.
- Cook in oven for 10-12 minutes.
- Let cookies cool for 10 minutes on baking sheet then transfer to a wire rack.
- Decorating the cookies!
- Melt together white chocolate chips & oil in the microwave (about 45 seconds), Spoon evenly over the top of each cookie. Top with a circus animal cookie.
- Dough is very “watery” and does not have the consistency of normal cookie dough.