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Cinnamon Brown Sugar Animal Crackers

Nostalgic baked animal crackers instantly take us back to being a kid again. Made with a touch of warm, sweet and spicy McCormick® Ground Cinnamon, and topped with your favorite icing and decorations, this fresh take on the classic is fun to make with the family or perfect to give as a homemade gift.
  • 15m

    prep time

  • 15m

    Cook Time

  • 188


  • 7



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(2 cracker)


  • 1 3/4 cups plus 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into chunks
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Beat flour, butter, sugar, baking soda and cinnamon with an electric mixer on medium speed just until mixture comes together, but is still sandy in texture, about 4 to 6 minutes. (If using a stand mixer, be sure to use the paddle attachment, not the whisk.)

  • Whisk egg and salt in small bowl until well blended. Add to flour mixture; mix on medium until a soft dough forms, about 1 to 2 minutes.

  • Wrap dough tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate 2 hours or overnight.

  • Preheat oven to 320°F. Roll dough to 1/8-inch thickness on lightly floured surface. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place crackers on parchment-lined baking sheets.

  • Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets 1 minute. Transfer crackers to wire rack. Cool completely. Decorate with your favorite icing, if desired.

  • Test Kitchen Tips:
    •If you don’t have an electric mixer, don't worry! This dough can be mixed by hand!
    •Make dough up to 1 day in advance.
    •Pop dough scraps back in the fridge to chill, then re-roll to make more cookies.
    •Instead of icing, sprinkle crackers with a mix of demerara sugar and cinnamon before baking; press gently to make sure the mixture sticks to tops of crackers.
    •Try sprinkling crushed animal crackers over your favorite ice cream or morning yogurt for a little extra crunch.

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