homemade animal crackers topped with strawberry icing and sprinkles

Go Wild for These Homemade Animal Crackers 

Back-to-school time can be a real circus. But you don’t need to roam far to tame even the wildest of after school snack cravings. This simple and tasty homemade animal crackers recipe is a fresh take on a classic favorite that lets the kids get in on the fun, too. The adorable and bite-sized crackers are just the right amount of sweet and buttery, and make for the perfect snack or lunch box treat. With an endless number of animal shapes, these yummy cookies will make every other snack seem irr-elephant

 Homemade Animal Crackers 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup of butter
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 tsp of vanilla 
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1/8 tsp of nutmeg
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 4 tbsp of heavy cream
  • Red food coloring
  • Sprinkles 

Directions 

In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, sugar, baking powder, vanilla, salt, and nutmeg into a fluffy dough using a hand mixer.  

Knead dough into a ball using hands, and then chill for one hour.   

Roll dough flat to roughly 1/4 inch thickness and cut out crackers using a mini animal cookie cutter. 

Transfer cookies to parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 350ºF for 8-10 minutes. 

In a separate bowl, use a spoon to mix together powdered sugar and heavy cream, then stir in red food coloring. 

Dip the face of each animal cracker into the glaze and then return to the baking sheet. 

Top with sprinkles and enjoy! 

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