Ordinary animal cookies are good, but they can be a lot tastier and a lot more impressive with a few simple additions. They are also inexpensive when purchased by the bag, and they are fun and very easy to decorate for children’s parties, potluck meals and more. I have been buying them for decades, and I enjoy using everything from chocolate almond bark to frosting and bits of candy to decorate the shapes. The decorations not only add appeal, but they also add tremendous flavor. Use my ideas, and turn ordinary animal cookies into miniature works of amazing edible art.
Use Frosting to Attach Colored Jimmies and More
One of my favorite ways to decorate plain animal cookies is with an array of colored jimmies, sprinkles and edible glitter. I especially love decorating horses. They end up looking like those on fancy carousels, but they can be decorated to look like the barnyard variety. Use white frosting to attach brown, white or black jimmies to create fur, stripes and other details to animals of every kind. Have fun experimenting using frosting and colored jimmies to decorate plain animal cookies. They can look and taste absolutely marvelous.
Dip Plain Animal Crackers in Chocolate Almond Bark and Coconut
Almost anything dipped in chocolate almond bark is delicious and decadent. It can turn plain animal cookies into tasty gourmet treats. Melt chocolate or vanilla almond bark a microwave, and dip plain animal cookies one by one. Before the almond bark hardens, give the animals a coating of finely shredded coconut. The coconut will look like white fur, and it is ideal when decorating dogs, cats and sheep. Give the creatures realistic looking eyes and other details using pieces of colored jimmies and sprinkles in the appropriate colors. They can be attached with frosting.
Decorate them with Edible Ink Markers
My daughter and I love using edible ink markers to decorate plain animal cookies, and we have spent hours coloring and decorating treats for parties and gifts. Edible ink markers work like the regular type, and they are great for adding color and fine details. Shop online for edible ink markers, and decorate plain animal cookies in amazing ways. The markers can also be used in conjunction with frosting, chocolate jimmies and sprinkles of various shapes, colors and sizes. Tigers and monkeys are my favorite shapes to decorate, and I make them look amazingly real with edible ink and frosted details.
Source: Personal Food Preparation, Crafting and Decorating Experience