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Homemade Cheese Animal Crackers

Agnes Hsu
These homemade cheese animal crackers are much healthier than store bought and make an easy healthy snack for kids.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 150 crackers
Calories 12 kcal


  • 8 oz shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter cut into cubes
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/3 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 1/2 tbsp cold water
  • 1" animal cutters


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Step 1. Help your child grate the cheese with a hand grater. Add butter, flour and salt to the bowl of grated cheese. Mix well and add water. Mash around (we used a potato masher, but you can use a fork, food processor, or whatever works well for you). If the dough is too dry, add a bit more water until you get a dough that comes together.
  • Step 2. Gather the dough into a ball and flatten into a disc. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 30 minutes or until slightly firm.
  • Step 3. Now the fun part begins. Roll the dough out between 1/4″ to 3/8″ inch thick. It’s helpful to get the disc rolled out a bit first and then have your child practice with the rolling pin to get it flatter. Cut out shapes and set aside on a parchment lined baking pan.
  • Step 4. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes until the crackers are golden and puffed up. You’re done!


Recipe slightly adapted from Tasty Kitchen


Calories: 12kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 15mgPotassium: 2mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 25IUCalcium: 11mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword Animal Crackers, cheese crackers
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