You say it’s your birthday….

…it’s my birthday too.
So THE day is finally here. 37. Since you all know I have a long list of things to accomplish on my birthday today, I will try and make it quick.
One can not help but reflect on the past as one looks towards the future. It got me thinking about foods I loved as a kid. Some I still love and some, not so much.

Not so much: Spaghetti O’s with Franks. Those candy dots that you end up eating more paper than candy. Those wax bottles that have liquid in them. Pop rocks (how is this a smart idea…food that explodes in  your mouth). Magic Shell (things just shouldn’t harden like that…well, at least not food). Capri Sun (those damn things always squirted me). Chicken McNuggets (pressed chicken parts…enough said). Fun Dip (sweetened chalk that you dip into sour powder). Hawaiian Punch (I can still actually drink it and like the taste…I just always seem to spill it and that crap don’t come out).

Still love: Anything from the ice cream man (especially a Drumstick). Gummy anything (though I am not a fan of the bug forms). Red Vines. Jello (all flavors…because there is always room). Count Chocula (though ever since they changed it to whole grain it isn’t as good). Almond Roca (which I only got at Christmas each year). Big Red Soda. Kool Aid (Purplesaurus Rex was my favorite, they discontinued it. It was a Grape Lemonade flavor, yum!). And of course…Circus Animal Cookies.

Did you know they are back? They are, they are. While walking down the grocery aisle this last week I noticed a sign saying New Item. I look and there are the Mother’s Cookies (new item my ass) there on the shelves. And more importantly, my little pink and white frosted covered friends. I squealed with delight and through some in the cart.

Since only one person, other than my mother, has baked me a birthday cake, I knew I would be on my own. I saw a Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Cupcake in the Martha Stewart Cupcake cookbook and decided to change it up and use my favorite preservative filled cookies instead and use that as my birthday cake(s). They turned out great and the thing is these have tons of possibilities for other flavors, which I plan to experiment with.

Hope you all had a nice Canada Day yesterday (for those who celebrate) and hope you all do something fun on this glorious day. :)

Peabody’s 37th Birthday Circus Animal Cookie Cheesecake “Cupcakes”

16 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
½ cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
¼ tsp vanilla extract
½ cup Greek yogurt (2%)
1 bag Circus Animal Cookies

Preheat oven to 275F.
Line muffin tins with cupcake liners (preferably white). Place a pink (they show up better…cookie racist perhaps?) cookie at the bottom of each cupcake, sprinkle side down. Set aside.
Using a stand mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar on medium-high speed for about 5 minutes.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating for about 1 minutes. Scrape down the bowl after each addition.
Add vanilla and Greek yogurt, beat until incorporated.
Crush up remaining Circus Cookies. You can use as many or as much as you want. I just used the rest of the bag because I really like the cookies. Add them to the cheesecake batter and mix until the cookies are throughout the batter evenly.
Pour into prepared cupcake liners.
Bake for 22 minutes, rotating half way through.
Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature. Chill in fridge in muffin tins for at least 4 hours or overnight.
Recipe makes about 14.

Adapted from Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes by Martha Stewart

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  1. Happy Birthday Peabody!
    I will have to try this recipe.

  2. happy happy birthday dearest pea! wishing you the best. you bring a few of these and i’ll bring those choc martinis – then we can crash out on the porch and have a real blast! hugs!

  3. Happy Birthday and may you have a wonderful day!

    Those “cupcakes” look delicious! i’m a sucker for anything cheesecakey!



  4. Mmm lovely cakes and wishing you a wonderful b’day! May all your dreams come true and may your days be filled with love and peace !

  5. Hope your Canada Day was amazing. The sun was shining, the beach hot…couldn’t have asked for a better day for fireworks. Belated Happy birthday to you as well:D


  7. Happy Birthday! Since this is my 2-year-old’s favorite song right now, I’ll have her sing a chorus to you today!

  8. Happy birthday!!! I too love Drumsticks. They are the best!

    I just bought the Martha Stewart Cupcake book. I can’t wait to make some of them. :)

  9. Happy Birthday to You!
    When I saw your photo, I was trying to figure out what you had in there… : )
    Very fun addition!

  10. so so so creative! The cupcakes look so happy!

    Happy birthday lady!

  11. Happy birthday!

  12. Happy birthday! I think those circus animal cheesecake cupcakes would make anyone’s birthday amazing :)

  13. Happy Birthday!

  14. Happy Birthday! Hope it is a great one and you have a fabulous year! As usual the dessert looks terrific.

  15. Happy birthday!

    Those cookie cheesecakes look such fun – just as birthday cakes should be :)

  16. Happy Birthday!! I love those animal crackers & these cupcakes look absolutely amazing!

  17. Karissa says:

    Happy Birthday!

  18. I love those cookies too! They never stopped selling them in my area. Although I can’t buy them very often because it’s hard to stop eating them. I never thought to bake with them – fun idea! Happy Birthday!

  19. Happy birthday and belated happy Canada Day! I only recently discovered your blog and am very glad I did!

  20. Happy birthday Peabody, I hope your celebrate it to the fullest and enjoy every minute! :)

  21. Happy Birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day.
    Also want to say that I so appreciate your sense of humor and your sarcasm!
    Enjoy your day – and your cupcakes!

  22. I never wouldn’ve thought to put cookies in cheesecake. They look so cool! I remember those candies dot with the paper. I did eat more paper than candy, but it was so much fun to peel off!

    Happy Birthday!!

  23. Happy birthday, darling!
    Those cupcakes are adorable and fun, just like you – love the idea of adding the cookie to it.


  24. Happy birthday! Mine was yesterday (31). :)

  25. Happy Birthday! Mine is next week – isn’t summer the best time to have a birthday?

  26. Julia M. says:

    Happy Birthday! You’re one of my favorite sites, with the best recipes, and the most fantastic pictures. In addition, you are a wonderful, witty and creative writer. You are a true hat-trick!!! Great food, photos and comentary! Keep up the great work.

  27. Happy Big 37 to you!
    How awesome and fun with the animal crackers! They used to make them with “holiday” colors. Red, white and blue would be festive! Love the animals on the bottom!

    And speaking of Magic Shell ice cream topping, not only is it strange, but that crap has 16 grams of fat per 2 T. What? It’s just about 100% hydrogenated oil! Okay, sorry, you got me on the subject! ;)

    Have a great day!

  28. happy day of birth to you! and wow–what a phenomenal use for animal cookies. so colorful, so festive and fun, so delicious. bravo!

  29. HAPPY BIRTHDAY PEABODY! Oh if only I could buy those amazing cookies in Canada!

  30. Happy Birthday Pea!
    Love the happy birthday colors in these!!

  31. Happy Birthday!

  32. Bon anniversaire mademoiselle!

    The problem with Capri Sin was trying to poke a hole through the damn thing. As for Kool Aid, Did you ever try dying your My Little Pony’s mane with it? Bad idea. :)

    Have a wonderful day!

  33. Happy Birthday!!

  34. Happy Birthday Pea!
    I never got magic shell. Never mind what it does, it tastes awful!
    Those cheesecupcakes, though, are an entirely different matter. Lemmeatem! :)

  35. Hey, it is my birthday too! ok, well, not for a couple more days. Thanks for the comment. :-)

    Happy Birthday to you!

    Btw, I <3 pop rocks!

  36. Happy Birthday!!! Cupcakes look adorable:)

  37. Margaret says:

    Happy Birthday! I love how fantastically pink those are – and you can never go wrong with cheesecake.


    I love those cookies! YUM! Very cute cupcakes.

    Enjoy your day as much as we all enjoy your lovely blog!

  39. Happy Birthday! These look so fun and festive.

  40. Happy, happy, happy birthday!!!

  41. Happy Birthday!

  42. Happy Birthday Peabody! My mom used to make me a cherry chip cake for my birthday. These look a lot like that cake. I love frosted animal cookies but I’d never thought of using them as the cookies in a cookies and cream recipe. Great idea!

  43. I saw thes eon Bake or Break last week and decided to make them! I’m making these this wekend for my cousins birthdays.

    Love the pink in yours- happy birthday!

  44. Happy Birthday Peabody!! I hope you have a great day and accomplish all the things on your list.

  45. Happy Birthday!!

    I dont know what Greek yogurt is. can I substiture regular yogurt??

  46. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! These are too stinkin cute!! Love them!

  47. Happy Birthday!

  48. Collette says:

    Happy Birthday, Peabody! I hear they’re going to have some fireworks in your honor Saturday. Hope your birthday is everything you want it to be.

  49. Happy Birthday! Hope it is a great day for you! Love your treat, great way to celebrate!

  50. Happy Birthday! That dessert cannot be beat in my book, I love those cookies. My birthday is tomorrow, so I was excited that we’re both July babies! Enjoy your day:)


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