Sunday, June 20, 2010

Homemade Animal Crackers-Regular

Since my chocolate ones turned out pretty good I wanted to try the regular flavored ones.  And guess what?!  I actually like these better than the chocolate ones!  Which is very surprising because I am a chocoholic.

Classic Animal Crackers

1/2 Cup Flour
1/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 Cup Of Quaker Old Fashioned Oatmeal
4 Tablespoons Of Honey
3/4 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
4 Tablespoons Of Liquid Buttermilk (I only used about 2 tbsp.)
1/2 Teaspoon Almond Extract
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1/4 Cup Of Whole Wheat Flour
1/4 Cup Butter

Preparation Instructions:
To begin this classic animal crackers recipe, you should first preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, or 200 degrees Celsius. Next take out a blender or food processor, add in the oatmeal, then grind it until it's reduced to a fine powder. Next take out a large mixing bowl, and then add in the ground oatmeal, baking soda, and table salt. Sift this initial batch of ingredients together. Moving along, next cut your butter into pieces that are roughly pea size. You can now pour in the buttermilk and honey, vigorously stirring the mixture until a firm animal cracker dough has formed. Next up, clean and flour a flat surface, then roll out your animal cracker dough to an eighth of an inch thick. At this point you can take out your animal cracker cookie cutters, and make a variety of different shaped pieces. Place your finished crackers on to a greased baking sheet, then slide it into the oven to bake for 5 to 7  minutes, or until the animal crackers turn a light brown color. Once the crackers are done, let them cool down on wire wracks.

I think this dough would also make a great graham cracker type crust.  Just roll it out and put it in the pie pan and bake for about 10 minutes.  I may try that on my next cheesecake adventure.

As far as nutrition is about the same as the chocolate crackers since the cocoa doesn't add any points or anything.  These are great crackers!  I may even share with the kids, if they behave =).

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