Gluten Free Animal Crackers Recipe

Gluten Free Animal Crackers Recipe

Happy Birthday Animal Crackers! What better way to celebrate than to create a recipe for yummy gluten free animal crackers that anyone can make at home?

Animal crackers were introduced by the National Biscuit Company (NABISCO) in 1902, apparently on April 18th.  Later that year the now familiar “Barnum’s Animals” boxes with strings were released in time to be hung on Christmas trees as children’s gifts. On the 100th anniversary of the “birth” of animal crackers, NABISCO added the koala bear to its die-cut lineup.

gluten free animal cracker Box

With this homemade version, you can pick whatever animal cookie cutters you prefer, or grab a set of detailed cutters made just for this purpose! Have fun rolling, cutting and eating a yummy lion or giraffe again! And maybe make a few extra to share – everybody loves an animal cracker!


Gluten Free Animal Crackers Recipe

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  • Prep Time: 3 hours
  • Cook Time: 9 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours 9 minutes
  • Yield: 60-70 animal crackers



Cream the shortening, sugar and nectar or honey well. Add lemon juice and egg and stir to mix.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients, then add to the sugar mixture. Beat just until fully integrated. The dough should hold together in a ball and not be dry or crumbly.

Refrigerate dough for 2 hours or overnight, to make it less sticky.

Preheat oven to 325° F convection (preferred) or 350° F static.

Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Prepare a clean counter or pastry mat by sprinkling more gfJules™ flour on the surface. Dip cutters into more gfJules™ flour to coat well.

Animal Cracker Cutters photographed on THINKGLASS™.Roll the dough out to 1/8 inch thickness – try not to over-work or warm the dough while rolling. Use cutters to form animal shapes, depressing plungers of cutters with detail, if using. If any dough sticks in the plungers, use a toothpick between cookies to remove dough, then dip the cutters in gfJules™ flour again.

Bake in preheated oven for 7-9 minutes, removing when the edges begin to lightly brown.

Makes 60-70 animal crackers.

P.S. – thanks to Rebecca M. who shared that she has been using cutters like these to make graham cracker animal crackers with my gfJules™  Graham Cracker Mix – another easy, great snack idea!

Gluten Free Animal Crackers - gfJules


With this homemade gluten free animal cracker recipe, you can have almost as much fun making them as you will eating them!

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23 thoughts on “Gluten Free Animal Crackers Recipe

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  3. Thank you so much! I’ve been looking for a gf recipe for these for a long time. I’m allergic to eggs. Any replacement ideas?

    • Glad it sounds like this will be a recipe you can use, Marlea! About the egg sub, I haven’t had a chance to try one yet in this recipe (my oven was broken so I had to make this recipe over and over exactly as I’d written it to get the times and temps right!), but you could certainly try Ener-G egg replacer here. If the dough seems too wet with it, just add some more of my flour; if it’s too dry, add milk or water. The dough should hold together in a ball and be a little sticky, but not a lot.

    • Hi Liese – I don’t know about other flours in this recipe, since I developed the recipe using my own flour blend and all flours behave so differently. If I had to guess, I would think that a blend with almond flour could work in this recipe, with some added xanthan gum, but you’ll have to try and play with it. Since all gluten-free flours and blends produce such different results, it’s impossible for me to test every combination. Another option for you is to make a corn-free blend with recipes in my book, Free for All Cooking. That blend should behave in all my recipes. :)

  4. This is from my daughter in Germany:

    You might want to tell Jules she’s now lost all her audience in Germany now that I cannot view her site. I was looking at not only referencing her blog on mine, but sharing her recipes on google hangouts.

    Now she has a notice that says users in my country are not allowed to have access to her blog.

    • Hi Linda – I’ve never seen this notice. Can your daughter tell me what she was doing when it came up or take a screenshot? I wonder whether it’s a network issue or whether it’s WordPress. Any details she can provide will be helpful for us to try to figure out where that is coming from. Thanks much!

  5. Wow! I can’t wait to make these for my almost 21 year old wheat allergic son! He will love these! Where can i get some awesme cookie cutters? Btw, thank you Jules!

  6. Oh my goodness, Jules! Those look incredible! Can’t wait to share with folks. :-)