Monday, April 20, 2009

Animal Crackers In My Soup

Animal crackers are a huge favorite around this house, but sadly we can't get them in Australia. Even if we could it probably wouldn't matter because I'm pretty sure they don't make animal crackers with a natural sweetener. Morgan is highly disappointed by this because he loves animal crackers. I think, for him, it's more about the shape then the taste, and we happen to own a lot of cookie cutters. Most of which are still in limbo vs being in our pantry. So we had a look around and found a small tin of animal cracker cookie cutters that we purchased and opted to make him some animal crackers.

Personally, I was all for making the cheese kind vs the sweet kind, but I knew that wasn't what he had in mind when he requested the silly things. Which meant I had to search around for an animal cracker recipe. I found a couple made with honey, and ended up changing it a bit based on what was in our cupboard.

These cookie cutters are super tiny, which made the job a tad tedious, but the recipe doesn't make up gobs of dough so it wasn't too bad. Personally my favorite was the elephant, mostly cause I was pretty sure none of him would burn. There's a monkey cutter too, and he was all arms and legs spread out like he was swinging from tree to tree. Then there were a few unrecognizable animals, including one we're nearly certain is a wombat, but that doesn't make much sense does it? I mean, how many times have you noticed a wooly wombat roaming around your package of animal crackers?

Animal Crackers

1/2 c oats
3/4 c flour
1/4 t salt
1/4 t baking soda
1/4 c butter
2 T agave syrup (you could use honey)
1 t vanilla
1-4 T milk

Whirl the oats in the food processor until they are a pit powdery. Add the other dry ingredients and let them whirl away for a minute or so. Add the butter and give it another buzz until the mixture is crumbly; add sweetener and vanilla and whirl again. (I did it while the machine was running.) Add milk until mixture holds together in a firm ball. Roll out to 1/8 inch thickness, cut into shapes, and bake at 210c (400 F) for about 5 minutes.

Because I added a pinch too much milk I had to add a bit extra flour. This made my dough tough after I kneaded the scraps back together. The cookies didn't seem to be effected by this once baked though. The kids were scarfing them down as soon as they got the green light to touch them.

These cookies aren't super sweet, but our sugar eater didn't spit them out or tell us that they were bitter, so they couldn't have been too bad. The rest of us didn't really care that they weren't that sweet, we thought they were fine. They had more flavor once fully cooled, but still didn't have a LOT. These don't taste like regular animal crackers, but again my gang didn't care about it. Because you use such a minimal amount of sweetener I don't think it will effect this recipe to make it with stevia. We might try it that way next time..


Julie said...

Wow, your animal crackers look beautiful! Good job!

Kendra said...

Thanks Julie! :) I was doubtful when I started, but the kids loved them and they are all gone now. lol