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Healthy Animal Crackers


  • Author: Ansley Beutler
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 50 - 75 animal crackers 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Tasty homemade animal crackers that will bring you right back to childhood!  They have an almond flour base and are lightly sweetened with pure maple syrup.  Each one is dipped in pink and white icing and dusted with rainbow sprinkles giving them the notorious look we know and love.  These healthy animal crackers are sure to be a crowd hit!


Ingredients

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For Crackers

  • 1 egg (sub flax egg to make vegan)
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp molasses
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 3/4 cup Let's Do Organic's Tapioca Starch (plus more for rolling out the dough)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

For the Icing

  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 Tbsp egg white (omit to make vegan and add extra Tbsp cold water)
  • 3 - 4 Tbsp cold water
  • Sprinkles to top

Instructions

For the Crackers

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.  Using a stand mixer or a large bowl, beat the egg, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla, and molasses until well incorporated.  Slowly fold in the almond flour, tapioca flour, baking powder, and cinnamon until a large ball of dough forms.  Wrap dough in cling wrap and place in fridge for at least 5 mins (this makes it easier to roll out).
  2. Meanwhile, sprinkle extra tapioca flour on a clean surface.  Place the chilled dough on top and begin to roll out to about 1/2 inch in thickness.  Use your cookie cutters to cut animal shapes out of the dough.  Transfer to a baking sheet and bake for 8 - 10 mins until golden brown.  Let cool before icing

For the Icing

  1. In a large bowl or in a stand mixer, whisk together the powdered sugar, egg white, and 3 Tbsp cold water.  You want a semi-thick consistency for these crackers.  If the icing it too thick, thin it out with another Tbsp of cold water.  If it's too thin, add another 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  2. Divide the icing into two bowls.  Dye one bowl pink and leave the other one white.  Dip the top half of each cracker into the food coloring, let the excess icing run off, and flip over on a wire rack to dry.  Dust with sprinkles while the crackers are still wet.  Repeat with remaining crackers, alternating icing colors
  3. Enjoy once dry or store in an airtight container for up a week
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Healthy Animal Crackers, Gluten-free Animal Crackers, Frosted Animal Crackers, Homemade Animal Crackers