Saturday, August 27, 2011

Recipe: School Bus "Animal" Crackers

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The other day, I decided it would be fun to make school bus shaped cookies or crackers for the start of school.  I started doing a search for small school bus cookie cutters...

And then I realized I already had one.

I bought this set of transportation sandwich cutters from AllThingsForSale recently, and hadn't played with them yet, but lookie - a school bus!!

I wanted to make an animal cracker type cookie - not too sweet, not too savory.  The previous recipe I used for animal crackers tasted good, but was a bit of a pain to work with.

This recipe is much easier to work with, if not as healthy... I will try replacing some of the flour with whole wheat next time, adding in some flax seeds..  But for now, I just have some lovely school bus "animal" crackers!  The Girl adores them.  They would be lovely with some jelly or nutella or peanut butter sandwiched between them.

These School Bus Crackers have about 45 calories each, and 5 g carbs.  (For new readers, The Boy is a Type 1 Diabetic, so I'll be keeping track of carb counts on his lunches.  These will be going into a lunch for sure.)

School Bus "Animal" Crackers

1 c rolled oats
4 tsp honey
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 c flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 c butter, softened
1/2 c buttermilk (or milk with a splash of vinegar, let sit for a minute or two)
1 tsp cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 400 F.  Put oats in a blender and grind into a fine powder.  Add the remaining ingredients into a food processor and pulse until the dough forms a ball.

Roll out to about 1/2" or 1/4" thick.  Cut with your favorite cookie cutter - I used this sweet school bus.

Put on a parchment lined cookie sheet and put in the freezer for 5 minutes.  This will keep the cut-outs from losing their shape.  Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.  Cool on wire racks and enjoy.

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  1. I love them. I bet they would work well with shortbread too. I have been drooling over the short bread pans from King Arthur but lots of money would be required. I have decided to try to play with the cooking toys I have.

  2. Those are so cute! I need to get a set of the cookie cutters and make some bus crackers!