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Step-by-Step Guide to Making Delicious Homemade Animal Crackers

As a mother and baby brand, we're excited to celebrate International Animal Crackers Day, which falls on April 18th each year. Animal crackers are a beloved snack that have been enjoyed by generations of children and adults alike. Today, we want to share a recipe from A Cozy Kitchen for making homemade animal crackers, so you can enjoy this classic treat in the comfort of your own home.

 Homemade Animal Cookies



  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour


  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • FROSTING #2:
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream, plus 1 to teaspoons if it sits
  • 1 drop red food coloring


  • Round colored sprinkles



In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.

Using a pastry blender or your hands, cut the cold butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse sand.

In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolk, milk, and vanilla extract.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until a dough forms.

Shape the dough into a disc, wrap it in plastic wrap, and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the chilled dough to a thickness of 1/4 inch (6 mm). Use animal-shaped cookie cutters to cut out the cookies and place them on the prepared baking sheet.

Homemade Animal Crackers

Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden brown.

Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Homemade Animal Crackers

Store the cookies in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Homemade animal crackers are a fun and delicious treat that are perfect for celebrating International Animal Crackers Day. They're also a great way to spend quality time with your children, as they'll love helping you cut out the animal shapes and decorate the cookies with icing or sprinkles.

We hope you enjoy making these homemade animal crackers and celebrating International Animal Crackers Day with your family. If you're feeling inspired, why not use our line of baby bedding and textiles as a starting point for decorating your animal crackers?


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With adorable prints featuring playful animals, you can create your own unique animal cracker designs that are sure to delight both kids and adults alike. Happy baking!