Gingerbread Animal Crackers are really the best of both words. They have that classic animal cracker look and texture, but with the sweetness and spice of a gingerbread cookie! I think my kids would want me to make these for them everyday, if they could. Luckily, this recipe is super easy to make, I really don’t mind whipping them up at the drop of a dime.
One food I’ve really got on the brain in December is cookies. My kids have already been listing off for me all the different kinds of holiday cookies they want to bake, including some of our favorite roll-out cookies like gingerbread and animal crackers. Our family loves the flavor and texture of both of those kinds, so this year I decided to marry the two! Watch this Gingerbread Animal Crackers Video and see just how easy they are to make.
This is a great recipe to make with your kids, especially since it turns out tons of bite-sized cookies. I let my little ones grab all of their favorite holiday cookie cutters to stamp out cute little animal and holiday shapes. These cookies come out if the oven really soft inside with a crispy, golden outside — perfect for decorating or drizzling with icing!
I originally created this recipe for my Snack Mom column in the December issue of Parents magazine. I’ve already gotten so many comments about them that I wanted to share them here on Weelicious as well.
These little guys are perfect for an afternoon snack or to put in your little one’s lunches. And what a fun surprise for them to open up their lunch boxes to at school!
If you make a batch, take a photo and tag @weelicious on your favorite social media outlet so I can see your’s before they get devoured by the kids!
Gingerbread Animal Crackers
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cut into pieces
- 2 tablespoons molasses
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- Place the first 8 ingredients in a food processor and pulse to combine.
- Add the butter and pulse to combine.
- Add the molasses, vanilla and egg and pulse until the dough forms into a ball.
- Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thick and cut out animal shapes.
- Place cut outs on a Silpat or parchment lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the cookies are set and starting to turn golden brown on the edges.