Make Your Own Animal Crackers

Kim Conte
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Last week we made our own tasty Goldfish Crackers. Why not go for the whole zoo with this healthy recipe for Animal Crackers? (Thanks, Rkoloms!)

Wild Animal Crackers

1 cup whole oats

1 tablespoon yellow corn meal

3 tablespoons honey

2 teaspoons finely chopped lemon zest

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup softened unsalted butter

8-10 tablespoons buttermilk

Preheat the oven to 375F. Grind oats and corn meal in a blender or coffee grinder until very fine. Transfer to a mixing bowl, and add the honey, chopped lemon zest, salt, cinnamon, flour, and baking soda. Add the butter in pieces and cut into the mixture with a pastry blender or two knives. Add the buttermilk and knead well to form smooth dough.

Roll as thinly as possible and cut with various animal-shaped cookie cutters. Transfer to an ungreased cookie sheet and bake 10-15 minutes, until light brown.

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