Animal Crackers

    40 mins

    Make your own animal crackers! Cut these tasty biscuits, made with buttermilk, oats and honey, into animal shapes.

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    Serves: 24 

    • 1/2 cup rolled oats
    • 3/4 cup plain flour
    • 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 60g butter
    • 2 teaspoons (10ml) honey
    • 1/4 cup (60ml) buttermilk

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees C. Using a blender or food processor, grind oats until fine.
    2. Put the blended oats in a medium bowl and sift in the flour, baking soda and salt. Cut in the butter using a pastry blender or your fingers until the butter lumps are smaller than peas. Stir in the honey and buttermilk to form a stiff dough.
    3. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 3mm in thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters and place biscuits on to ungreased baking trays 2.5cm apart.
    4. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned. Remove biscuits from baking trays and allow to cool on wire racks.

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    I'd give this 5 stars based on how mine turned out, but since I didn't follow the directions exactly, I'll tell you what I did do: I used Butter Buds instead of butter, so they'd be fat free. I used 3 Tbsp. honey instead of 2 tsp. And I added 1/2 tsp. each vanilla and almond extracts. Then I used 1/4 cup whole wheat flour with the 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour. I ended up with a sticky dough, so added more of each flour. The cookies came out puffy and YUMMY! Just enough sweet to satisfy my daughter, and I thougt they were great! My daughter likes to roll and decorate cookies, but I don't want sweets too often, so these are a great compromise. You could decorate them with colored peanut butter or Nutella. For breakfast, my daughter dunked her name (we have letter cutters) in syrup and icing left over from some Dunkables. We thought these were really fantastic!  -  10 Mar 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Wonderful. I used an extra teaspoon of honey and they were still not sweet at all; great treat for my 5-year-old, and easy to work with. I used cold butter, and for buttermilk I used skim milk with a bit of lime juice. My pan was ungreased and I had no problem with the cookies sticking. Fun easy treat! Thanks for the recipe!  -  16 Oct 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Very easy to make and tasted great (bland and not too sweet... which is what my family likes)! I followed the recipe exactly except I used 1/2 of butter stated in the recipe and other 1/2 used sweet apple sauce. My son loved it! Thanks for sharing this recipe.  -  15 Jan 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)