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Absolutely Adorable Homemade Animal Crackers Recipe

4.69 from 86 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

  • Always have some crackers ready to bake! Make the dough, cut out the shapes, and freeze the cookies. Then, you can bake them off fresh in batches.
  • 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.
  • 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

4.69 from 86 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
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 (4½oz/129g) butter (at room temperature)
  • ¼ cup (2oz/57g) granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (5oz/142g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (5oz/142g) whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, and honey until well combined.
  • Add the egg and vanilla, and beat in.
  • Next, add the dry ingredients: the flours, baking powder and cinnamon and mix to form a dough.
  • Wrap the dough 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.
  • Roll half of the dough out onto a floured surface, about ¼ inch thick.
  • Using Animal Cookie Cutters or any cookie cutters cut out the dough into shapes. Place the crackers onto prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden brown around the edges.
  • Let cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheets before enjoying. Stored cooled cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 7 days.
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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
1 year 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.

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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.

Shelby
Shelby
4 days ago

These are such a hit with my 16 month old! I’ve made them about 3 times now and they always come out perfect. I use a little heart shaped cookie cutter. Thank you for the recipe!

Lydia
Lydia
23 days ago

Have you ever done this with freshly milled flour? Just got a grain mill. 😁

Karissa
Karissa
1 month ago

Can I use two cups of all purposed flour instead of one apf and one wheat?

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