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Absolutely Adorable Homemade Animal Crackers Recipe

4.66 from 100 votes
With this healthy and fun Homemade Animal Crackers Recipe you can easily make and indulge in favorite iconic treats at home with your family!
Homemade Animal Crackers arranged in a grid on some parchment.

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Hi Bold Bakers!

Consider this Homemade Animal Crackers Recipe my homage to store-bought animal crackers—a long-time favorite for a lot of families, including my own! But this recipe is particularly special for me because it was my first time baking in the kitchen with George lending a helping hand! 

George (and I!) adore our Sprout’s Sous Chef Toddler Tower—I’m honestly sorry I didn’t get it sooner! He is climbing up and down the tower from morning to night to help his parents at the counter. I’ll sacrifice a banana, orange, or carrot and let him stand with us and chop it up. It’s really given us all hours of entertainment, and he loves having a job to do. 

These homemade animal crackers taste similar to a graham cracker because I include whole wheat and cinnamon, and George loves them! He gets them as a potty training reward—and I get them as a reward for helping potty train!

Animal Cracker Shapes being cut out of the simple to make dough.

What Are Homemade Animal Crackers?

Animal crackers are a classic staple in plenty of households with young children. They’re cutely shaped as circus or zoo animals, taste delicious, and are easy for little hands to hold onto. But if you check out the ingredients on the back, you may pause before giving them to your little one. 

Making homemade means you know exactly what goes into your crackers—I use a combination of sugar, honey, vanilla, AP flour, whole wheat flour, and cinnamon. Plus, you get the experience of making a wonderful treat together! Oh, and did I mention that these are BIGGER Animal Crackers than normal?

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Raw animal crackers waiting to bake.

How To Make Homemade Animal Crackers

Making these easy-to-buy crackers are actually extremely easy-to-make at home too! Here is how you make homemade animal crackers (get the full, printable recipe with measurements below):

  1. Cream the butter, sugar, and honey in a large bowl until they are well combined. Then, beat in the egg and vanilla.
  2. Next, add the dry ingredients and mix to form a dough.
  3. Wrap the dough in cling wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. You can use the dough straight away, but I find it is a little easier to roll when it has chilled for a bit.
  4. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  5. Roll half of your dough out on a floured surface until it is about 1/4-inch thick. 
  6. Using Animal Cookie Cutters or any cookie cutters, cut out the dough into shapes. Place your crackers onto your prepared baking sheets.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden brown around the edges. Allow them to cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet before enjoying! 

Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips For Making Homemade Animal Crackers

  • Make Ahead Tip: make the dough, cut the shapes and freeze the cookies on a parchment-lined tray. Once frozen, transfer to an airtight container for up to 2 months. Then, you can bake off fresh crackers whenever you want them!
  • I like the addition of whole wheat, but I don’t recommend using 100% whole wheat and no white flour as it will make for heavy dough.
  • Be sure that your butter is very soft or it may be difficult to cream.
  • You can also mix this dough in a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, on medium speed.
  • Instead of using cling wrap, you can chill this dough in a reusable airtight container.
  • You can gather and reroll your dough scraps to get more cookies. If the dough gets too soft, refrigerate for 15 minutes before rerolling.
  • If you enjoyed this recipe, try my Homemade Goldfish Crackers next!
  • Here are the Animal Cookie Cutters that I used. 

Freshly baked animal crackers.

How Do I Store Homemade Animal Crackers?

Homemade animal crackers will keep fresh in an airtight container, at room temperature, for up to a week! See my note about always having some ready-to-bake by freezing the dough above! 

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Full (and printable) recipe below!

My son Georgie holding out an animal cracker for you to try.

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Homemade Animal Crackers Recipe

4.66 from 100 votes
With this healthy and fun Homemade Animal Crackers Recipe you can easily make and indulge in favorite iconic treats at home with your family!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 25 cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 2 minutes
With this healthy and fun Homemade Animal Crackers Recipe you can easily make and indulge in favorite iconic treats at home with your family!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 25 cookies

Ingredients

  • 9 tablespoons (4 ½ oz/129 g) butter, softened
  • ¼ cup (2 oz/57 g) granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (5 oz/142 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (5 oz/142 g) whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  • In a medium mixing bowl, cream together the butter, sugar and honey until well combined.
  • Add the egg and vanilla, and continue to whisk until smooth.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder and cinnamon, then mix this into your butter mixture. You might need to get in there with your hands and knead it just until it comes together.
  • Shape the dough into a flattened disc, wrap in cling wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. (You can use it straight away but it's a little easier to roll when it has chilled for a bit.)
  • Pre-heat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll half of the dough to a ¼-inch (6 mm) thickness. (Keep the remaining dough covered and in the refrigerator to stay cold until you are ready to roll it.)
  • Using Animal Cookie Cutters (or any cookie cutters of your choice) cut out the dough into shapes. Place the crackers 1-inch (3 cm) apart onto the prepared baking sheets.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden brown around the edges.
  • Let cool for at least 5 minutes on the baking sheets before enjoying. Stored cooled cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 7 days.

Recipe Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: make the dough, cut the shapes and freeze the cookies on a parchment-lined tray. Once frozen, transfer to an airtight container for up to 2 months. Then, you can bake off fresh crackers whenever you want them!
  • I like the addition of whole wheat, but I don't recommend using 100% whole wheat and no white flour as it will make for heavy dough.
  • Be sure that your butter is very soft or it may be difficult to cream.
  • You can also mix this dough in a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, on medium speed.
  • Instead of using cling wrap, you can chill this dough in a reusable airtight container.
  • You can gather and reroll your dough scraps to get more cookies. If the dough gets too soft, refrigerate for 15 minutes before rerolling.
  • If you enjoyed this recipe, try my Homemade Goldfish Crackers next!
  • Here are the Animal Cookie Cutters that I used. 
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Tonee
Tonee
1 year ago

Can the whole wheat flour be substituted for oat flour? If so is it a 1:1 substitution?

Last edited 1 year ago by Tonee
Patricia Wood
Patricia Wood
2 years ago

Most fun I’ve had baking in awhile! Recipe was super simple to put together. The dough formed nicely and these baked off just right. Can’t wait to share with my favorite toddler, but these are a fave for the adults in the house too.

Maria Fairview
Maria Fairview
2 years ago

These look lovely! Cookie cutting stamps, as you said, are adorable (just like your little sous chef😉)! I’m thinking of getting some stamps for my 1yr cousin, should be great🤩

Pat
Pat
2 years ago

This is such a precious video. Georgie is such a cutie. He reminds me of my blond blue-eyed son. ❤️

Cyndi
Cyndi
2 years ago

He is adorable. Applause to you!

Judy Corbutt
Judy Corbutt
2 years ago

Awesome video .. Georgie is too cute. Hey maybe with the extra vanilla he created a new animal cracker recipe.

Kay Martin
Kay Martin
2 years ago

he is beautiful!, and so big already.

Kendal
Kendal
12 days ago

Not a hit over here! Tastes like nothing. But was fun to do lol

dimitri
dimitri
17 days ago

Instead of mixing wheat with white flour, can I solely just use white flour? Trying to make some for my toddler before we run out of the store-bought crackers

Patricia K
Patricia K
1 month ago

I don’t usually review recipes but I love love this recipe. I made it for the first time last month. I was pleasantly surprised to find how minimally the cookies changed in the oven. They kept their shape perfectly. All 3 of my kids loved them. I’ve made it every week for the past several weeks since trying it. I might try and add 1/2 cup of quick oats maybe next time and see if it still works out.

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