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Animal Crackers Recipe
  • READY IN 42 mins

Animal Crackers

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"Make your own animal crackers! Cut these tasty not-too-sweet cookies into animal shapes. Made with buttermilk, oats and honey."

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Original recipe makes 2 dozen Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    42 mins


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grind oats until fine using a blender or food processor.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the blended oats, flour, baking soda and salt. Cut in the butter using a pastry blender or your fingers until the butter lumps are smaller than peas. Stir in the buttermilk and honey to form a stiff dough. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/8 inch in thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies 1 inch apart onto cookie sheets.
  3. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes in the preheated oven, until edges are lightly browned. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 10, 2006

I'd give this 5 stars based on how mine turned out, but since I didn't follow the directions exactly, I'll tell you what I did do: I used Butter Buds instead of butter, so they'd be fat free. I used 3 Tbsp. honey instead of 2 tsp. And I added 1/2 tsp. each vanilla and almond extracts. Then I used 1/4 cup whole wheat flour with the 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour. I ended up with a sticky dough, so added more of each flour. The cookies came out puffy and YUMMY! Just enough sweet to satisfy my daughter, and I thougt they were great! My daughter likes to roll and decorate cookies, but I don't want sweets too often, so these are a great compromise. You could decorate them with colored peanut butter or Nutella. For breakfast, my daughter dunked her name (we have letter cutters) in syrup and icing left over from some Dunkables. We thought these were really fantastic!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 24, 2006

I thought they were edible. My children didn't like them. I followed the recipe perfectly. I will not make these again.


43 Ratings

Oct 16, 2008

Wonderful. I used an extra teaspoon of honey and they were still not sweet at all; great treat for my 5-year-old, and easy to work with. I used cold butter, and for buttermilk I used skim milk with a bit of lime juice. My pan was ungreased and I had no problem with the cookies sticking. Fun easy treat! Thanks for the recipe!

Jan 15, 2007

Very easy to make and tasted great (bland and not too sweet... which is what my family likes)! I followed the recipe exactly except I used 1/2 of butter stated in the recipe and other 1/2 used sweet apple sauce. My son loved it! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

Oct 13, 2003

my 2 year old loves these! i used tiny cookie cutters i found at a dollar store sand toy molds would work out great too :) (also you can add food dye for a extra kick)i made mine a bit thick so they were more cookies than crackers but made no differance to my toddler thank for the recipe :)

Aug 28, 2009

Made some modifications by using what I had on hand: Turbinado sugar subbed for the honey. Plain yogurt subbed for the buttermilk. Olive oil subbed for the butter. Also ran some Craisins through the chopper and added them. The family seems to like them as evidenced by their quick disappearance!

Nov 05, 2004

Very easy to make and fun to do with the kids! My 6 year old did all the mixing and rolling while the 2 year old loved to help color and cut the dough. We used playdoh cutters to cut the dough. I also added a teaspoon of vanilla to help with the flavor, and added about 1/4 cup more flour. They still didn't have all that much taste but the girls had fun making them. I also made them thicker. So I had the oven at 350 and cooked for about 8-10 min. otherwise the bottoms were burned and the top wasn't cooked. Thanks for the great recipe!

Oct 13, 2005

I made them following the exact directions and was pleased with the outcome. They do have a hint of honey flavor- not too terribly bland!


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  • Calories
  • 40 kcal
  • 2%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 4.8 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 5 mg
  • 2%
  • Fat
  • 2.1 g
  • 3%
  • Fiber
  • 0.3 g
  • 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.7 g
  • 1%
  • Sodium
  • 54 mg
  • 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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