It’s Animal Cracker Time!

Today is National Animal Crackers day, so I thought it would be fun to share a homemade animal cracker recipe with you.  When I was growing up, it was a special treat to get the circus animal box of crackers all to myself.  I loved taking the crackers out to see how many of each animal I got, and carrying around the little box by its string handle.  These Oatmeal Animal Crackers are a fun way to get the kids involved in cooking, too!

Oatmeal Animal Crackers


24 Servings  Prep/Total Time: 20 min.


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour


  • In a bowl, combine sugar, oats, baking soda and salt. Cut in shortening until crumbly. Add water and vanilla; stir until blended. Add enough flour to form a stiff dough. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut into rectangles or use cookie cutters dipped in flour. Using a floured spatula, transfer to greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on wire racks. Yield: about 4 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 165 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 78 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.
You can use your freshly baked animal crackers to make this Critter Crunch snack mix recipe, or purchase them if you don’t have much time.

Critter Crunch


11 Servings  Prep: 10 min. Bake: 30 min.


  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 cups Crispix
  • 1-1/2 cups Cherrios
  • 1-1/2 cups animal crackers
  • 1-1/2 cups honey bear-shaped crackers
  • 1 cup bite-sized Shredded Wheat
  • 1 cup miniature pretzels


  • In a saucepan or microwave-safe bowl, heat the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon until butter is melted; stir until blended. In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Add butter mixture and toss to coat.
  • Place in a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 300° for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 8 cups.
Nutritional Facts: 3/4 cup equals 187 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 11 mg cholesterol, 256 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.

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