How to Make Homemade Animal Crackers

Homemade Animal Crackers are an easy dessert or snack recipe made with rolled oats, flour, salt, baking soda, butter, honey, and buttermilk.

This kid friendly classic is easier than you would expect. If you’re looking for the perfect recipe to make with your little one, then this is it.

These homemade animal crackers are not only easy to make but they taste great!

Kids love animal crackers, but the store-bought version is full of artificial ingredients and preservatives.

With just a few simple pantry staples, you can make your own homemade animal crackers.

These are perfect for moms who want to avoid all those unnecessary additives or for kids with food allergies. They’re also great as an after school snack.

If you’d like some helpful Tips and Tricks, I have them below the recipe.

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Closeup of a pile of animal crackers.

Tips and Tricks

Chill the Dough: If you find the dough too sticky to handle even after blending in the butter and honey, try chilling it in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. This makes it easier to roll out and handle, especially if you’re baking on a warm day.

Rolling Pin Hack: To get a perfectly even thickness without guesswork, place two wooden dowels or chopsticks on either side of your dough (each should be ⅛ inch thick). When you roll the dough with a rolling pin, the dowels stop the pin from pressing the dough any thinner than the dowels’ height.

Enhance the Flavor: Add a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg to the dry ingredients for a warm, spiced flavor that pairs beautifully with the honey. If you’re adventurous, a little bit of grated orange zest can add a refreshing twist.

Watch the Oven: Since the baking time is quite short, stay close to the oven and check the cookies around the 4-minute mark. Ovens can vary, and you don’t want your lovely snacks overdone.

Cooling: Let the cookies cool on the pan for a couple of minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack. This allows them to firm up slightly and reduces breaking when they are still warm and fragile.

Storage Tips: To keep the crackers crispy, store them in an airtight container with a piece of bread. The bread helps absorb any excess moisture that might soften the crackers.

Fun with Decorating: After baking, you can decorate these with a simple icing (mix powdered sugar with a bit of milk or lemon juice) piped through a tiny nozzle or even with a new, small paintbrush for detailed designs. This can be a great way to involve kids in the kitchen!

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Animal crackers in a clear glass bowl with a few scattered around the bowl.

Do you need Animal Cracker Cookie Cutters? Check out this cute set!

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How to Make Homemade Animal Crackers

How to Make Homemade Animal Crackers

Nesting Lane Indulge
How to Make Homemade Animal Crackers Recipe. This kid friendly classic is easier than you would expect. These homemade animal crackers are not only easy to make but they taste great! With just a few simple pantry staples, you can make your own homemade animal crackers.
4.99 from 71 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 24



  • Preheat oven to 400° F
  • In a food processor, add rolled oats and grind until a fine consistency.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, add processed rolled oats, flour, salt, and baking soda. Stir to mix well
  • Using a pastry blender, cut in butter, until the lumps are pea sized.
  • Add honey and buttermilk, and stir until well blended and a stiff dough forms.
  • Lightly flour a flat surface and turn out dough
  • Using a rolling pin, roll out dough to ⅛ inch thick.
  • Using mini animal shaped cookie cutters, cut out cookies
  • Place the cut out cookies on a cookie sheet approx 1 inch apart.
  • In preheated oven, bake 5 – 7 minutes or until the edges are browned lightly.
  • Using a spatula, transfer the cookies to a cooling rack.
  • Store in an airtight container


Yield: 2 dozen


Calories: 40.5kcalCarbohydrates: 4.8gProtein: 0.7gFat: 2.1gSaturated Fat: 1.3gCholesterol: 5.2mgSodium: 53.8mgPotassium: 15mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 0.7gCalcium: 5mgIron: 0.3mg
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