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14 Animal-Shaped Foods That Kids Love to Eat

From piglets and hedgehogs to a rainbow-colored unicorn, all of these cute foods will win over kids and grown-ups!

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Owl Cookies

Whooo doesn’t love owls? They’re oh-so-cute for dessert. If you’re as wise as an owl, and we know you are, you’ll want to bake up this easy peanut butter and chocolate treat for your next get-together.

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Teddy Bear Toasts


In their natural habitat, bears snack on fresh berries straight off the bush. In this unbearably cute dish made by Jennifer of @happylittleminis, fresh berries are mixed with nut butter to create the perfect canvas for a friendly bear’s face.

Kids will love munching on this berry-flavored toast for breakfast!

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Chocolate Pecan Hedgehog Cookies


These woodland creatures are definitely as cute as the real thing, and maybe even cuter thanks to the sprinkles! With a pecan cookie base and a melted chocolate exterior, this hedgehog cookie is as delicious as it is adorable.

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Lady Bug Cupcakes


A friendly red ladybug is the perfect addition to any party. This particular lady has plenty to smile about thanks to her rich chocolate cake, beautiful frosting and two antennae that will have all your guests saying, “Awww!”

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(Check out 42 more ideas for a dessert that’s too cute.)

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owl oatmealInstagram / heorganicfrenchmom

Wholly Cute Wholesome Oats


It’s not always easy to make a healthy breakfast fun, but in Midori’s kitchen, it only takes a few slices of fruit to make a wholesome bowl of oats adorable and appetizing! Her Instagram @TheOrganicFrenchMom has lots of ideas for making every meal of the day more amusing.

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Slithering Snake Roll


Here is one snake you won’t mind having on the loose at your next party! To make a snake-shaped pizza, Monterey Jack cheese and spicy chorizo sausage are rolled together in a pizza crust that’s dyed green. It looks good–and is tasty, too.

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chicken shaped plate of foodInstagram / napu88

Chick Before the Egg


Sometimes it’s up to Mom to make the first meal of the day more endearing. Instagram user Napu88 crafted a chick-shaped breakfast plate that would put a smile on any kiddo’s face.

(Have a picky eater at home? You’ll want to see our 50 most kid-friendly meals.)

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turtle shaped steam bunsInstagram / chrissychows

Smiling Steam Buns


Turtle-shaped steam buns must be the most delightful way to bring an Asian dish to your table. These turtle-y buns, made by Christie Lo, have matcha and red bean flavors and can be made at home for a unique (and adorable) dish. Watch her YouTube video for a step-by-step recipe.

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Magical Unicorn Cake


This is a gorgeous (and essential) dessert for anyone who’s unicorn-obsessed! It’s an absolute showstopper–and making a unicorn cake is easier than you think, too.

Psst…This is perfect for a magical unicorn-themed birthday party.

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Cute Pig Cookies


…and this little piggy went alllll the way to the dessert table! Perfectly pink and undoubtedly Instagram-worthy, these charming pig cookies are almost too adorable to eat, but one taste of this fluffy sugar cookie will have your guests chowing down like, well, little piggies.

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Bunny Carrot Cakes

The white rabbits on this plate aren’t quite like the ones out in your backyard. But these adorable cupcakes come with sugar cookie ears and carrots to munch on! (They’re going to disappear before you know it.)

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cat shaped bananasInstagram / schuberthsusanne

Kittens Gone Bananas


Even the simplest snacks can become curious critters with a little frosting and some candy eyes. Instagram user Susanne Schuberth made an ordinary banana into these friendly cats for a puuuuurfect afternoon morsel.

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dog shaped bunsInstagram / melody.kitty888

Puppy Buns


If you’ve ever looked at a dinner roll and thought of a cute, chubby puppy then you and Instagrammer @melody.kitty888 have something in common! You can create other animals out of rolls, too. Just use sauce or frosting to draw on animal faces. (Don’t forget to add ears using a toothpick and a small triangle of bread.)

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bear pancakesInstagram / ilisa_liu

Breakfast Faces


Pancakes are already face-shaped–so your only job is to decide what animal to make. This Instagram video from @ilisa_liu shows you how to create a nose, eyes, ears and even adorable fruit friends for your next stack of flapjacks.

(Just start with our recipe for Buttermilk Pancakes!)

Mandy Naglich
Mandy is a food and beverage writer with bylines at WNYC, Munchies, Mic and October. She's a Certified Cicerone and award-winning homebrewer living, writing and cooking in New York City.

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