Maple Flax Animal Crackers
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Healthy, gluten-free animal crackers with no refined sugar.
Recipe type: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12 (1 serving = 16 crackers)
  • 2½ cups (340 grams) all-purpose gluten-free baking flour (see notes #1), plus extra for rolling out the crackers
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) of butter, softened to room temperature
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line one or more baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the gluten-free baking flour, flaxseed, baking powder, and salt in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the butter, maple syrup, egg, and vanilla, and mix until a soft dough forms.
  3. Divide the dough into 4 batches (it may be sticky) and wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or freeze if not rolling out the same day (see notes #2).
  4. Dust a surface with some of the gluten-free baking flour and roll out the dough to a thickness of about ⅙ inch. Stamp out shapes using animal cracker cookie cutters and place on the baking sheet(s). See notes #3.
  5. Bake on the bottom rack(s) of the oven for 10-12 minutes until the crackers are golden brown on the bottom but still pale on top.
  6. Makes about 200 (1-inch) animal crackers
1. I use Bob’s Red Mill Brand Gluten-free All-Purpose Baking Flour for this recipe. If you use a different brand of gluten-free flour you may get different results as the blend of flours used for gluten-free baking flours/mixes varies from company to company.
2. Because this recipe makes so many crackers, I like to roll out and bake ¼ of the dough and freeze the remaining batches for later.
3. You should be able to fit about 50 animal crackers on a standard size half sheet pan (18 x 13 in.)
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 16 crackers, Calories: 196, Fat: 9g, Saturated fat: 5g, Unsaturated fat: 4g, Trans fat: 0g, Carbohydrates: 27g, Sugar: 10g, Sodium: 88mg, Fiber: 3g, Protein: 3g, Cholesterol: 36mg
Recipe by Queen of My Kitchen at