Whip up a nostalgic snack with these Homemade Frosted Animal Crackers! Totally vegan and easily gluten-free, this cute crackers are perfect for kids and adults alike. Just like Barnum Crackers, they’re a fun snack that everyone will love!
Homemade Animal Crackers, just like childhood
We’re taking a walk down memory lane with these beyond-cute animal crackers.
Do you remember eating these as a kid? The best ones came in a small, circus train-shaped stringed box from Barnum. I always loved the pictures of animals on the front of the package and would actually play with them after eating the cookies.
Furthermore, I remember eating the legs off of the cookies before eating the middles as well…not sure why this sticks out in my recollection?
Anyway, we’re revisiting the FUN of being a kid with this surprisingly simple adaptation.
Are animal crackers vegan? What ingredients are in animal crackers?
Actually, yes! The Barnum’s crackers I remember are technically plant-based. Here is the ingredient list:
- Unbleached Enriched Flour
- Soybean And/Or Canola Oil
- Yellow Corn Flour
- Dextrose, Fructose, Calcium Carbonate
- Baking Soda, Soy Lecithin, Salt
- Natural Flavor, Artificial Flavor.
No direct animal products are present, unless the sugar is processed with bone char.
Yet, there is something fun about making crackers on your own, with slightly more wholesome ingredients!
How To Make Animal Crackers
Making the dough here is actually pretty easy: its done right in the food processor. The most time-intensive part is stamping out the little animal shapes.
Full disclosure: I purchased cutouts specifically for this recipe. I am motivated to use them for more baked goods as they were about $8. See the stamps I ordered on Amazon here.
To be clear, patience is key when working with these cookies. I promise it becomes rather meditative.
So, I hope you enjoy these homemade animal crackers! Please leave a comment or let me know on Instagram if you try them.
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