Animal Cracker Cookie Recipe

This recipe was the first cookie recipe I made with my toddler.  I was at the grocery store looking for the classic box of animal crackers and could not find them.  I decide to look for a recipe that would closely match the classic.  I found that there are many variations and the recipe I ultimately decided to try was a success.  I have made these cookies countless times since my first batch and the cookie making process was also a fun way to learn about different animals with my toddler.  Note: The recipe below was cut down from the original since my household didn’t need 100 cookies.  Adapted from Cinnamon Animal Crackers

The animal cookies cutters were sourced from NY Cake on Amazon, since buying these they have updated the animals so there is no longer the seal and the tiger. Note: Any animal shape cookie cutters will work just fine.  The goal is to have animal shaped cookies so don’t worry about not having these specific cutters.


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Animal Cracker Cookies

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 8-10 mins
Yields: 24


  • 1 Cup - All Purpose Flour
  • 1/8 Cup - Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1/8 Cup - Sugar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon - Baking Soda
  • 1/8 Teaspoon - Cinnamon
  • 1/8 Teaspoon - Salt
  • 2 Tablespoon - Cold Butter
  • 1.5 Tablespoon - Milk
  • 1 Tablespoon - Honey
  • 1/2 Teaspoon - Vanilla


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x13 pan with butter or cooking spray
  2. In the food processor, combine the flour, sugars, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Pulse a few times to combine
  3. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture is crumbly and resembles coarse meal
  4. In a small bowl, combine the milk, honey, and vanilla extract and whisk together until smooth
  5. Add the liquid mixture and continue to pulse until the mixture begins to come together in a cohesive dough
  6. Remove from the food processor, flatten the dough into a disk and wrap in plastic
  7. The original recipe calls for placing the dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before use. Since there is no egg in the mixture my toddler likes to eat the dough, so I bypass the refrigerator and make the cookies immediatetly
  8. Roll the dough out in-between two pieces of plastic wrap. An 1/8 of a thickness is your target
  9. If dough is sticky when rolling out and using the cookie cutters, dust with flour each time you roll and cut out cookies
  10. Bake for about 8-10 minutes, until slightly puffed up and lightly golden brown

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  • comment-avatar
    Colleen Cadiz June 22, 2016 (4:35 pm)

    Wow! I’m so impressed you found a animal cookie recipe! I’m beyond jazzed to try this recipe! You just made my day! Thanks for the link to the cute cookie cutters too! I adore how your little one helps you with your recipes 🙂 xoxoxo

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      Nicole Bedard June 22, 2016 (4:58 pm)

      I’m so happy to hear this Colleen! Definitely give them a try. They are a bit bigger than the ones you find in a box, so that was a bonus too. Let me know how it goes. Thanks again, so much more coming on Make & Taste!