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An After School Snack You Can Feel Good About

homemade animal crackers

"I'm hungry!" This is the constant rallying cry amongst my boys right around 4 p.m. It's a tough time because they should be hungry for a snack, yet dinner is so close, I don't want them to fill up. I also want to give them something wholesome and healthy and preferably not store bought.

Sound like too much to ask? Nope! Just check out this easy to follow recipe for homemade animal graham crackers. I've made them a bunch of times, serving them up with a glass of milk and apple slices. I've been known to sneak a few myself with a morning cup of coffee. Shh ... don't tell! Here's how you make them:

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Homemade Animal Graham Crackers

Make this favorite childhood snack right in your own kitchen.

Prep: 45 minutes

Chill: 1 hour

Bake: 8 to 10 minutes at 350°F

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons packed brown sugar

Instructions:

PREP:

  1. LINE two cookie sheets with Reynolds® Parchment Paper; set aside.
  2. BEAT butter with an electric mixer in a large bowl on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add 3/4 cup brown sugar and honey. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in the egg and vanilla until combined. Beat in the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon, and baking soda until well combined.
  3. DIVIDE dough into four portions. Wrap each portion in parchment paper and chill about 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  4. COMBINE remaining 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 2 teaspoons brown sugar in a small bowl; set aside.
  5. PREHEAT oven to 350°F. On a lightly floured surface, roll one portion of the dough at a time to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out shapes with 1 1/2-inch animal cookie cutters. Place 1 inch apart on prepared cookie sheets. Sprinkle lightly with brown sugar mixture.

COOK:

  1. BAKE 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are firm and just starting to brown. Transfer the cookies on the parchment paper to a wire rack; cool completely.

REYNOLDS KITCHENS TIP:

Your kids won’t be able to keep their little hands off this classic treat! Easily transfer your animal cracker dough from the refrigerator to your floured surface using parchment paper. Bake on parchment paper for cookies that slide right off and don’t break.

Moms, what are your favorite afternoon snacks for the kids?


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