Homemade Animal Crackers in 5 Fun Flavors!

Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 in Bloggers, Entertaining Ideas, Family-Friendly, Recipes

 

I have a one and a half year old daughter. As a parent, her diet is extremely important to me. I try hard to only give her the highest quality food and a wide variety of textures and tastes. I have vowed that she will not even know what a “chicken nugget” is until she starts school where, inevitably, she will become aware of this food option. But, as long as she is at home, it is a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, and exotic foods. I’m helping to build her little palate after all!

That being said, little kids do love treats, crackers, cookies, and snacks. I have always made the effort to cook all of her food from scratch. I made my own baby food when she first started eating solids. So, why not continue with cookies and crackers. Sure, it’s convenient to just buy a box at the store but, by making them myself I can be sure of the ingredients in them and that she isn’t getting a bunch of “junk” in her crackers. And, when I started making them, I really couldn’t believe just how easy they are to make and much cheaper!

I have also had a lot of fun experimenting with flavors and different types of flours. Once you have a base recipe, it is easy to swap out flours and add in different flavors. I have five recipes to share that the little one seems to like quite a bit. The first recipe is an Orange-Honey Animal Cracker and I used this as my base recipe and began swapping ingredients to create other flavors.  I have included recipes for:

  • Orange-Honey Almond Animal Crackers
  • Chocolate Almond Animal Crackers
  • Strawberry Almond Animal Crackers
  • Coconut Macha Animal Crackers
  • Aged White Cheddar, Quinoa, and Oregano Animal Crackers

Each recipe yields about 30 medium sized crackers.

I hope that you enjoy these recipes and have as fun as I did creating them. Thanks!

Orange-Honey Almond Animal Crackers

Orange Honey Animal Crackers

½ cup Almond Flour

1 cup all-purpose Flour

¼ tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Soda

½ tsp. salt

¼ cup unsalted butter, chilled

1 Tbsp. Honey

½ cup Buttermilk

Zest of one Orange

 

Preheat the oven to 400F.

In a medium bowl, blend the almond flour, flour, baking soda, and salt.

Cut in the butter using a pastry blender (or your hands) until the mixture becomes like the texture of sand.

Stir in the honey, buttermilk, and orange zest.

The dough may be a bit crumbly. Dump out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead by hand until a dough forms.

With a rolling pin, roll the dough out to 1/8 inch in thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters.

Place the crackers onto a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake for about 5 minutes, until the edges are lightly browned.

 

Chocolate Almond Animal Crackers

chocolate cracker

½ cup almond flour

¾ cup all-purpose flour

¼ tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Soda

½ tsp. salt

¼ cup cocoa powder

1/3 cup granulated sugar

¼ cup unsalted butter

¾ cup buttermilk

 

Preheat the oven to 400F.

In a medium bowl, blend the almond flour, flour, baking soda, cocoa powder, sugar, and salt.

Cut in the butter using a pastry blender (or your hands) until the mixture becomes like the texture of sand.

Stir in the buttermilk. Dough may be crumbly.

Dump out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead by hand until a dough forms.

With a rolling pin, roll the dough out to 1/8 inch in thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters.

Place the crackers onto a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake for about 5 minutes, until the edges are lightly browned.

Strawberry-Almond Animal Crackers

 

½ cup Almond Flour

1 cup all-purpose Flour

¼ tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Soda

½ tsp. salt

¼ cup unsalted butter, chilled

1 Tbsp. Honey

½ cup Buttermilk

¼ cup freeze-dried strawberries

 

Preheat the oven to 400F.

In a medium bowl, blend the almond flour, flour, baking soda, salt, and freeze-dried strawberries.

Cut in the butter using a pastry blender (or your hands) until the mixture becomes like the texture of sand.

Stir in the honey and buttermilk.

The dough may be a bit crumbly. Dump out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead by hand until a dough forms.

With a rolling pin, roll the dough out to 1/8 inch in thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters.

Place the crackers onto a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake for about 5 minutes, until the edges are lightly browned.

Coconut Macha Animal Crackers

Coconut Macha Animal Crackers

½ cup coconut flour

1 cup all-purpose flour

¼ tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Soda

1 Tbsp. Macha Powder

¼ cup unsalted butter

1 Tbsp. Honey

¾ cup buttermilk

 

Preheat the oven to 400F.

In a medium bowl, blend the coconut flour, flour, baking soda, salt, and Macha Powder.

Cut in the butter using a pastry blender (or your hands) until the mixture becomes like the texture of sand.

Stir in the honey and buttermilk.

The dough may be a bit crumbly. Dump out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead by hand until a dough forms.

With a rolling pin, roll the dough out to 1/8 inch in thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters.

Place the crackers onto a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake for about 5 minutes, until the edges are lightly browned.

 

Aged White Cheddar, Quinoa, and Oregano Animal Crackers

 

½ cup Quinoa Flour

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 tsp. dried oregano

¼ cup Aged White Cheddar, shredded

¼ tsp. Clabber Girl baking Soda

½ tsp. salt

½ cup Buttermilk

 

Preheat the oven to 400F.

In a medium bowl, blend the quinoa flour, flour, oregano, cheddar, baking soda, and salt.

Stir in the buttermilk.

The dough may be a bit crumbly. Dump out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead by hand until a dough forms.

With a rolling pin, roll the dough out to 1/8 inch in thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters.

Place the crackers onto a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake for about 5 minutes, until the edges are lightly browned.

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