Today is National Animal Crackers Day so I’m sharing eight wonderful gluten-free animal cracker recipes with you. Do you call them animal crackers or animal cookies? Do you like yours plain or frosted?
No matter on either answer. I think this is one food holiday we can all embrace even if we have different preferences!
What a great excuse to eat that beloved cookie from childhood, right? Animal crackers always bring me joy. Well, gluten-free animal crackers that we can actually eat safely, that is.
I will confess that one of my favorite memories with Son when he was a little guy was sharing a box of animal crackers while we did our grocery shopping. The cashier never acted like she found it unusual that she was ringing up an empty box of animal crackers, so I suspect we weren’t the only ones who emptied the box before leaving the store!
Of course, those were gluten-full cookies but ready-made gluten-free animal crackers do exist now. My local grocery store carries them. Two kinds in fact. (This brand and this brand. I’ve also seen this brand elsewhere.)
But today we’ll focus on making some gluten-free animal crackers at home. Here are six recipes from some of your favorite gluten-free bloggers plus a cheater “recipe.” I do like cheater recipes because I like easy!
As noted below, some of these recipes are free of other ingredients as well. That means there are some good options for you if you have additional food restrictions or if you have limited ingredients at the moment—the latter is often true for many of us.
Chances are you have some animal holiday cookie cutters (think bunnies, bats and cats, penguins and reindeer for Easter, Halloween, and Christmas respectively) or members of your family have favorite animals and you most likely have cookie cutters for those. Honestly, I love the idea of being able to bake animal cookies that you can’t find in any of the ready-made boxes of cookies. Squirrel cookies, panda cookies, moose cookies … they’ll all be great as animal crackers/cookies!
Gluten-Free Animal Cracker Recipes
~ Animal Crackers from Jeanne of Art of Gluten-Free Baking ~ gluten free, egg free, vegetarian
~ Animal Crackers from Sandi of Fearless Dining ~ gluten free, vegetarian, with dairy-free options
~ Animal Crackers from Jules of GF Jules ~ gluten free, vegetarian, with dairy-free option
~ Gluten-Free Vegan Animal Graham Crackers from Laura of Petite Allergy Treats ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, vegan
~ Homemade Animal Crackers from Cara of Fork and Beans ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, vegan
(See more of Cara’s recipes in Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking.)
~ Paleo Animal Crackers from Danielle of Against All Grain ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free, vegetarian, paleo, primal
~ Paleo Animal Crackers from Megan of Allergy-Free Alaska ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free, vegetarian, paleo, primal
~ Vegan Banana Bread Animal Crackers from Leanne of Healthful Pursuit ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, vegan
Happy Animal Crackers Day! Please report back and tell me which gluten-free animal cracker recipes you try.
Originally published December 6, 2015; updated April 18, 2022.