These crackers are very tasty with the inclusion of Parmesan and cayenne. A little different than the childhood animal crackers, though!
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons dehydrated vegetable flakes
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
4 tablespoons cold reduced fat margarine
1/4 cup skim milk
Dash cayenne pepper (optional)
In a bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, Parmesan cheese, dehydrated vegetable flakes, baking powder, and salt (if using).
Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut margarine into flour mixture until it resembles fine crumbs. Make a well in the center and stir in the milk to form a stiff dough. Gather the dough into a ball and chill, wrapped in plastic wrap, for 15 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375-degrees. Roll out dough on a lightly floured work surface to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut out with small cookie cutters into animal shapes. Transfer cut out crackers to a nonstick cookie sheet. Prick surface with tines of a fork.
Bake four to five minutes, until crackers are lightly browned on the bottom. Using a wide spatula, turn cracker over and bake for another three to five minutes, until browned on the bottom. Cool on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container.
Serving size: 7 crackers
Recipe makes about 60 crackers
Calories from fat 40 percent
Total Fat: 6g; Saturated Fat 1.4g; Carbohydrate 15g; Fiber 2g; Cholesterol 3mg; Sodium 182gm
Exchanges: 1 carbohydrate (1 bread/starch), 1 fat
Animal Cracker Prose
Animal crackers, and cocoa to drink,
That, is the finest of suppers, I think;
When I'm grown up and can have what I please,
I think I shall always insist upon these.
~~Christopher Morley (1917)