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

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24 Servings  Prep/Total Time: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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

critter

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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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