Have you ever looked at the expiration dates on some of those animal cracker boxes. Yuck. Plus all the chemical and preservatives in them. Plus the cost! Well these little darlings are yummy, less expensive and can be custom made for the favorite animal of the week. These little chickies, bunnies and flowers are a spring time favorite. I’m currently looking for mini dinosaurs.
Here’s the recipe:
Animal Cracker Recipes
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
12 Tbs. (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Over a small bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: the flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. Oh heck, throw in a dash of cinnamon too. Set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, beat the butter on high speed for 2 minutes until it is fluffy. Reduce the speed and slowly add the sugar and beat for 2 minutes, stopping the mixer occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the egg and vanilla and beat for 1 minute, stopping the mixer once to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
Add the flour mixture. Beat on low speed until the flour has been absorbed and the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl, 2 to 3 minutes.
Turn the dough out onto a work surface and divide into 2 equal balls. Shape each into a disk and wrap separately in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 2 days.
When ready to cut and bake, preheat an oven to 350°F.
Pick out your favorite mini shapes and prepare your baking sheets. I use Sil Pats and love them but you can use parchment paper or cooking spray.
Roll out the dough to about 1/8”. Dip circus cookie cutters into flour and cut out the shapes. Freeze the baking sheets for 15 minutes, or refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Bake the cookies until lightly browned, 14 to 16 minutes. Transfer the baking sheets to wire racks and let the cookies cool to room temperature.
Don’t know where I got this recipe, but currently I have it written on the back of an envelope. Must have been waiting in a doctors office reading their magazines. Can you relate? They also make nice little puppets for having pretend conversations in squeaky voices with your grandchildren. After all, only a grandma lets you play with your food.