Sugar Cookie Cut Outs for Homemade Animal Crackers

I've been meaning to post this one for almost a year! I found this recipe last year and noted that it said it was similar to animal crackers. While they are not my favorite cookie (ok, I don't eat many cookies!) I have fond memories of animal crackers as a child and even fonder memories of watching my own little ones eat them when they were toddlers. I haven't thought of buying them in years (since my kids are all teenagers) but you have to admit, the thought of Animal Crackers just brings a smile to your face and a picture of the little red cardboard box container shaped like a circus rail car to your mind doesn't it?

Homemade Animal Crackers

1 c shortening
1 c brown sugar
1 c granulated sugar
1 whole egg plus 1 yolk
1 t vanilla
4 c flour
1/4 t soda
2 t baking powder
1 t salt
1/2 c milk

Blend shortening, sugars, eggs and vanilla until light and creamy. Mix dry ingredients together and add alternately with milk. Chill the dough at least 30 minutes. Divide into two. To each part add enough flour to roll out (this may use 1/2 cup or more for each half) to a thin 1/8 inch dough. Cut with small cookie cutters for a thin crisp cookie. This is perfect for little animal shaped cutters as it is similar to animal crackers.

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