Have a sentimental fondness for kid’s animal crackers but are a little more worried about feeding your children healthy food? Solution! Make your own? This is a little bit complicated of a recipe, so you may want to make these separate from your children, or limit their involvement to a few accompanied steps. Still they are worth the effort, just knowing how much more healthy these are than regular animal crackers.
1 cup rolled oats
1 1/4 cup milk (whole), heated just to boiling
1/4 cup unsalted butter (at room temp)
4 tbs sugar (natural cane)
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp fine grain sea salt
1 1/4 cup dark rye flour
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
salt for sprinkling
Mix the rolled oats and boiling milk in a large bowl. Let stand still until cooled down. You can put the bowl in the freezer for a span of 35 minutes if you want to cool it off faster. Next, combine the butter, sugar, baking powder, anise seed, salt, and rye flour and stir. Blend in the all-purpose flour a small amount at a time until the dough turns firm. Knead out the dough on a hard surface until it comes together and is at an even consistency.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees with racks positioned at the bottom thirds and top mark.