If you like to bake cookies, try your hand at something different: 3-D cookies.
They’re sold by a British novelty products company called Suck UK (why ask why?), and available on Amazon.
The zoo animal cookie cutter set contains a mother and baby. Each set has four cutters: two bodies and two pairs of legs, large (mom) and small (baby).
Cut out the cookie dough, bake, then slot the pieces together. The larger cookie is 7″ tall by 4.5″ wide. Instructions are included.
For Valentine’s Day, you can affix a candy heart with icing.
NOTE: For those who pay close attention, we know that these are not 3-D cookies, but 2-D (flat) cookies that stand up. But that’s what the manufacturer calls them, and no one has called them on it.
*We couldn’t find the giraffe on Amazon, but found it on another site, a bit more expensive.
THE HISTORY OF ANIMAL CRACKERS
Americans grow up on animal crackers. But the concept actually originated in England in the late 1800s, as animal biscuits (the British term for cookies).
In 1889, when P.T. Barnum toured England with his circus, several manufacturers took advantage of the marketing opportunity and named their animal biscuits “Barnum’s.”
The animal biscuits were exported to America, inspiring local bakeries to make their own.
The National Biscuit Co. (today, Nabisco), introduced theirs in 1902 as “Barnum’s Animals” (they added the word “Crackers” in 1948).
The “circus car” box with the string handle was introduced later in the year, as a Christmas tree ornament for Christmas 1902.
(Neither P.T. Barnum nor the Barnum & Bailey Circus ever got a cent in licensing fees from any “Barnum’s” crackers or biscuits. Where were their lawyers?)