- For the dough: Add the granulated sugar and butter to the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until smooth. Add the vanilla and egg and beat again, scraping the sides of the bowl halfway through. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Alternate adding the dry ingredients and the milk to the mixer until the dough comes together. Flatten the dough into a disc and put it in a plastic bag. Refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or baking mats.
- Roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thick and cut out as many cookies as you can in a variety of animal shapes. Place the cookies on the prepared baking sheets and bake until they're just barely done, 8 to 10 minutes; you want them to be set, but not brown. Let the cookies cool completely before decorating.
- For the frosting: Sift the powdered sugar into a bowl, add the food coloring and 1/4 cup cold water and stir to combine
- Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack set over a baking sheet and drizzle the frosting over them. Let the frosting dry before serving the cookies, about 2 hours.
ANIMAL CRACKER PIE
I ran across this in my usual e-search for something interesting to a 6 year old picky eater. I don't think this will be a problem...and since I have animal crackers around I thought I'd take this on. Enjoy
Provided by TishT
Yield 4 serving(s)
Number Of Ingredients 5
- Place individual scoops of ice cream into the pie crust, forming a mountain of ice cream (with the center scoop as the highest point).
- Drizzle the"mountain" with hot fudge sauce and sprinkle with walnuts.
- Place animal crackers on top of each scoop and serve immediately.
- If not planning to.
- serve right away, then place the ice cream scoops into the crust, cover loosely, and store in the freezer.
- Just before serving, drizzle with hot fudge sauce, sprinkle with walnuts, and place the animal crackers on each scoop.
- This is really cute!
Nutrition Facts : Calories 476.7, Fat 23.4, SaturatedFat 4.8, Cholesterol 0.4, Sodium 466.2, Carbohydrate 63.1, Fiber 2.1, Sugar 31.5, Protein 5.5
FROSTED ANIMAL CRACKER CAROUSEL CAKE
What's adorably sweet and goes around-and-around? This pastel carousel cake uses animal crackers and Japanese-style biscuit sticks as clever decorations. The base is box mix cake and pudding.
Provided by Food Network Kitchen
Yield 20 to 24 servings
Number Of Ingredients 19
- For the cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Coat two 9-inch cake pans and one 9-inch pie dish with cooking spray, then line with parchment and spray the parchment.
- Combine the cake mix and pudding mix in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and mix on low speed to blend. With the speed still on low, add the oil, egg whites and 1 1/2 cups water and mix until combined. Raise the speed to medium and mix until increased in volume, lighter in color and smooth, about 5 minutes.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pans and smooth the tops with an offset spatula or butter knife. Bake until golden on top and the edges pull away from the pans, about 20 minutes for the pie pan and 25 minutes for the cake pans. Transfer to a rack and let cool completely in the pans, then unmold, remove the parchment and refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.
- For the Swiss buttercream: Meanwhile, bring a few inches of water to a boil in a saucepan that can hold a heatproof stand mixer bowl above the water without the bottom of the bowl touching it.
- Add the sugar, lemon juice, salt and egg whites to the mixer bowl and whisk together by hand. Set the bowl above the boiling water and heat, whisking, until the mixture is warm to the touch and the sugar is dissolved. Transfer to the stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and beat at medium-high speed until cool and the whites hold stiff peaks, 10 to 15 minutes.
- With the motor running on medium-high speed, add the butter a couple of pieces at a time, making sure the pieces are completely incorporated before adding more. After all the butter is added, continue beating on medium-high speed. The mixture will deflate and appear curdled. Continue beating until the buttercream comes back together to form a smooth and spreadable consistency. Slowly drizzle in the vanilla while beating until smooth and light. (If the frosting is very soft or begins to break, refrigerate until set but still spreadable and then beat until light before using.)
- Scoop 2 cups of the buttercream into a medium bowl and mix in 3 drops of deep pink gel food coloring; the buttercream should be the same color as the pink animal crackers. Transfer 1/4 cup of the pink buttercream to a piping bag fitted with a small round piping tip. Cover the remaining pink buttercream in the bowl with plastic wrap.
- Scoop 1/2 cup of the white buttercream into a medium bowl and mix in 1 drop royal blue and 2 drops neon brite green gel food coloring to make teal. Transfer to a piping bag with a small star tip. Transfer 1/4 cup white buttercream to a piping bag fitted with a small round tip. Cover the remaining white buttercream in the bowl with plastic wrap.
- For the assembly: Mix 1 drop pink food coloring into the melted candy. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Put 8 animal crackers--both pink and white--on the baking sheet flat-side up. Spoon a small amount of melted candy onto each cracker and press on a chocolate-covered biscuit stick so the cracker is glued to the top third of the stick. Repeat with 8 more sticks and crackers, attaching the crackers to the bottom third of the sticks. Refrigerate until set, about 5 minutes.
- For the carousel base: If the tops of the cakes have domed, carefully trim them with a long serrated knife so that they are flat on top. Place one of the cake rounds on a 10-inch cake board. Spread the top with 1 cup white buttercream and cover with 3 tablespoons sprinkles. Top with the second cake round. Frost the whole cake with 1 cup white buttercream to crumb coat. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.
- Frost the cake with the reserved pink buttercream. Pipe white lines of buttercream down the sides of the cake every 2 inches to create panels. Press white animal crackers into every other panel. Pipe a shell border around the top and bottom edge of the cake with the teal buttercream and top the border with sprinkles. Refrigerate the cake until ready to assemble.
- For the carousel top: Wrap a 10-inch cake board with plastic wrap, making sure the plastic on one side is smooth and taut. Place the pie-shaped cake layer on the white side of a 6-inch cake board with the wider side of the cake facing up. Frost the cake with a thick layer of white buttercream. Put the smooth side of the 10-inch board against the top of the cake and flip it over so the 6-inch board is now on top. Frost the angled sides of the cake with white buttercream. Pipe pink buttercream lines down the angled sides every 2 inches, creating panels. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.
- Place a second 10-inch cake board on top of the 6-inch board and flip the carousel top back over. Gently peel the plastic-covered board off the top. (If you have difficulty doing this, chill the cake 15 minutes more. You can also gently loosen the edge of the buttercream from the plastic using a warm offset spatula). The top of your cake should be flat and smooth.
- Re-melt the melted candy. Pipe a shell border around the edge of the pie-shaped cake with the teal buttercream and top with sprinkles. With kitchen shears, trim 4 strawberry cream-covered biscuit sticks to 3 inches, gather them in a bundle and press them into the top of the center of the cake; they should stand upright like a column. Dip the coated ends of 10 strawberry biscuits in the melted candy and insert the uncoated ends around the rim of the cake, angling the sticks toward the center column like the spokes of a wheel. Dip the bottom of the gumdrop in the melted candy and affix to the top of the column. Refrigerate until ready to assemble.
- For the center column: Spread 1 teaspoon of white buttercream in the center of a second 6-inch cake board and top with a doughnut. Spread it with buttercream, add another doughnut, more buttercream and the last doughnut. Insert 3 chocolate biscuit sticks through the center holes of the doughnuts and trim to the height of the doughnut stack. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.
- Frost the doughnut stack with white buttercream. Press 8 strawberry biscuit sticks against the side of the doughnut stack 1 inch apart. Press 6 animal crackers into the buttercream between the biscuit sticks, using a little buttercream to get them to adhere if necessary. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.
- To assemble: Carefully transfer the doughnut stack to the middle of the carousel base. Insert the cookie sticks with the animal crackers around the rim of the cake, alternating heights and pushing them 1 inch into the cake. Carefully transfer the top of the carousel to rest on top of the doughnuts (leave the 6-inch board on the underside for support).
- Serve the cake on a lazy Susan or rotating cake stand. To serve, remove the carousel top and cut the base into wedges.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grind oats until fine using a blender or food processor.
- In a medium bowl, stir together the blended oats, flour, baking soda and salt. Cut in the butter using a pastry blender or your fingers until the butter lumps are smaller than peas. Stir in the buttermilk and honey to form a stiff dough. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/8 inch in thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies 1 inch apart onto cookie sheets.
- Bake for 5 to 7 minutes in the preheated oven, until edges are lightly browned. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 40.5 calories, Carbohydrate 4.8 g, Cholesterol 5.2 mg, Fat 2.1 g, Fiber 0.3 g, Protein 0.7 g, SaturatedFat 1.3 g, Sodium 53.8 mg, Sugar 0.7 g
CRACKER PIE CRUST
I used RITZ® crackers to make this easy pie crust, but you could easily use a generic equivalent--any golden round crackers will do the trick! The slight saltiness from the crackers is a nice change from the norm. This pie crust is great for cheesecakes, no-bake pies, and more.
Provided by Diana Moutsopoulos
Number Of Ingredients 3
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Combine cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar in a mixing bowl. Stir together until evenly incorporated. Pour mixture into a 9-inch round pie dish. Press evenly over the bottom and up the sides of the dish using a glass.
- Bake in the oven until golden brown, 7 to 10 minutes. Let cool before adding filling.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 305.6 calories, Carbohydrate 27.9 g, Cholesterol 22.9 mg, Fat 20.4 g, Fiber 0.8 g, Protein 2.6 g, SaturatedFat 7.8 g, Sodium 446.1 mg, Sugar 5.6 g
ANIMAL CRACKER CRUST RECIPE - (3.4/5)
Provided by broots
Number Of Ingredients 4
- Pulse all dry ingredients in food processor until powdery. Add butter, stirring to combine until crumbs are evenly moistened. Bake at 325º for about 15 minutes, rotating pie shell half way through baking time.
KEY LIME BARS WITH ANIMAL CRACKER CRUST
- Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 325°.
- Cut about 12" length extra-wide heavy duty foil; fold cut edges back to form 7 1/2" width. WIth folded sides facing down, fir foil securely into bottom and up sides of 8" square baking pan, allowing excess to overhang pan sides. SPray foil with nonstick cooking spray.
- In workbowl of food processor, pulse animal crackers until broken down, about ten 1 second pulses; process crumbs until evenly fine, about 10 seconds (you should have about 1 1/4 cups crumbs). Add brown sugar and salt; process to combine, ten to twelve 1 second pulses (if large sugar clumps remain, break them apart with fingers). Drizzle butter over crumbs and pulse until crumbs are evenly moistened with butter, about ten 1 second pulses.
- Press crumbs evenly and firmly into bottom of prepared pan. Bake until deep golden brown, 18-20 minutes. Cool on wire rack while making filling. Do not turn off oven.
- While crust cools, in medium bowl, stir cream cheese, zest, and salt with rubber spatula until softened, creamy, and thoroughly combined. Add sweetened condensed milk and whisk vigorously until incorporated and no lumps of cream cheese remain; whisk in egg yolk. Add lime juice and whisk gently until incorporated (mixture will thicken slightly).
- Pour filling into crust; spread to corners and smooth surface with rubber spatula. Bake until set and edges begin to pull away slightly from sides, 15-20 minutes. Cool on wire rack to room temperature, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Cover with foil and refrigerate unti thoroughly chilled, at least 2 hours.
- Loosen edges with paring knife and lift bars from baking panusing foil extensions; cut bars into 16 squares. Sprinkle with toasted with toasted coconut and serve. Can refrigerate for up to 2 days, crust will soften slightly. Let refrigerated bars stand at room temperature about 15 minutes before serving.
- Can make triple citrus bars using 1 1/2 teaspoons each of grated lime zest, lemon zest, and orange zest (mince zest after measuring), and using 6 tbsp lime juice, 1 tbsp lemon juice, and 1 tablespoons orange juice.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 190.1, Fat 8.9, SaturatedFat 5.3, Cholesterol 31.5, Sodium 113.6, Carbohydrate 25.5, Fiber 0.5, Sugar 19, Protein 3.1
ANIMAL CRACKER COOKIES
- Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, beat shortening, milk and honey with electric mixer on medium speed until blended. Stir in remaining ingredients until well blended.
- Divide dough in half. On lightly floured cloth-covered surface, roll half of dough at a time 1/8 inch thick. Cut with about 1 1/4- to 1 1/2-inch animal-shaped cookie cutters. On ungreased cookie sheet, place cutouts about 1 inch apart.
- Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until edges are very light brown. Remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 25, Carbohydrate 3 g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Fiber 0 g, Protein 0 g, SaturatedFat 0 g, ServingSize 1 Cookie, Sodium 10 mg, Sugar 0 g, TransFat 0 g
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Top Asked Questions
Can you use animal crackers for pie crust?Make a pie (or cheesecake) crust. Crushed animal crackers can be used in any recipe that calls for a graham cracker crust. Just process the animal crackers in a food processor, stir in melted butter and brown sugar, and you’ve got a crispy-sweet crust that’s amazing with pie. Or try it in this creamy Pistachio-Cardamom Cheesecake recipe.
How do you make homemade animal crackers?Here is how you make homemade animal crackers ( get the full, printable recipe with measurements below ): Cream the butter, sugar, and honey in a large bowl until they are well combined. Then, beat in the egg and vanilla. Next, add the dry ingredients and mix to form a dough. Wrap the dough in cling wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
What can you do with crushed animal crackers?Crushed animal crackers can be used in any recipe that calls for a graham cracker crust. Just process the animal crackers in a food processor, stir in melted butter and brown sugar, and you’ve got a crispy-sweet crust that’s amazing with pie. Or try it in this creamy Pistachio-Cardamom Cheesecake recipe. Plunk them into a dessert dip.
How to make cracker crumbs pie crust?This pie crust is great for cheesecakes, no-bake pies, and more. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Combine cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar in a mixing bowl. Stir together until evenly incorporated. Pour mixture into a 9-inch round pie dish. Press evenly over the bottom and up the sides of the dish using a glass.