Cinnamon Orange Animal Crackers

July 15, 2014

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NOAH comes out on Digital HD today and we thought you’d be needing a themed snack for this epic adventure.  The digital release of the movie comes with extra behind the scenes features (which we usually don’t get that excited about) BUT this one explores the making of a life sized ark & filming in Iceland, which is pretty badass.

We experimented with many of our favorite cookie recipes here, and we had such a hard time finding one that was the right texture for these animal cookie cutters. While the cutters are super cute, heed this warning: they are HARD TO USE.  You need a non-sticky dough and a lot of flour to make it work.  We ended up using this sugar cookie recipe and we reduced the sugar, swapped out the white flour for whole wheat, and added some orange zest and cinnamon. They are a little chewier than traditional animal crackers but delicious all the same.

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  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • animal cookie cutters (we used these from Sur La Table)


In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder and set aside.  Using an electric mixer or hand beaters, mix the butter and sugar together until fluffy.  Add in the egg, milk, vanilla and orange zest and beat until combined.  Slowly incorporate the flour mixture.  Shape the dough into two flat discs and wrap in plastic wrap.  Refrigerate for about an hour or until thoroughly chilled.

Lightly flour your work surface and roll the dough to be about 1/8″ thick.  Cut out animal shapes and place on a cookie sheet covered in parchment or a baking mat.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 7-10 minutes, until just browned.

Makes about 40 small animal crackers

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