Does anyone have a good animal cracker recipe? I'd like to make to make some with w.w. pastry flour and little or no sugar, but if you have a more conventional recipe to share, I could always adapt it.<br><br>
Yeah, there's a store in the "big city" that has a ton of cute tiny cookie cutters. And ds would really enjoy helping to cut the cookies out. It would be so fun, if I only had a recipe.<br><br>
Here's my recipe. It is VERY lightly sweetened. If it's not sweet enough for you, add a little maple syrup or honey.<br><br>
Your toddler will enjoy cutting these out with you.<br><br>
1/2 cup apple juice<br>
3 tablespoons canola or safflower oil<br>
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract<br>
1/2 teaspoon sea salt<br>
2 cups whole wheat, brown rice, or barley flour<br><br>
Preheat oven to 350. Beat together juice, oil, egg, and vanilla until smooth. Stir in remaining ingredients to form a stiff dough. Add additional juice if dough is too dry. Add extra flour if dough is too wet.<br>
On floured board, roll dough out to ¼-inch thick-ness. Cut dough with animal-shaped cookie cutters. Place on unoiled baking sheet. Bake 12 to 15 minutes, or until lightly browned.<br><br>
Yield: About 4 dozen<br><br>
Note: For quick preparation, cut crackers into squares and bake as directed.
Hey, these are great!<br>
I had to water down applesauce as I had no juice. And, I think I'll add a smidge of sugar next time. But, they're tasty and so fun to make. Boy, glad we have good vanilla as that was such a nice delicate flavor.<br><br>
So, the shapes weren't totally recognizable. Ds had to "walk" each animal over to the cookie sheet. THen, often the animals ended up kissing. (The ravens were kissing today in the yard.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> )<br><br>
Thanks<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
btw: they're great teethers, too, for my little one. So, I guess Il'l have to think about the sugar issue for awhile.
Thank you, Cathe!! I'm not as on the ball as BusyMommy. We were packing today, instead. I printed out the recipe and will take with me to my parents (we're leaving Wed. to visit them for awhile). We'll make them there, I'm sure. I'm looking forward to trying them, and having something special for ds. Now I'll have to go get some animal cookie cutters!<br><br>
I made Cathe's animal crackers last weekend and DS loves them. They are not at all sweet -- which is good in our case. For a friend who's baby has been eating animal crackers and is used to having them slightly sweeter, the mom is going to try making them using concentrated apple juice without diluting it.<br><br>
It's a great recipe!
ParisMaman, well I guess you can't run down to the local crafts store. I tried finding them online before I thought to go to Michael's. I found lots of sets but they were a bit pricey. I think I just did a google for miniature cookie cutters. Heck, try Michaels for online, too? I think I paid maybe $5ish for a set of 6 Noah's Ark animals.<br><br>