baking day: hippo crackers

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Yesterday, while the house was relatively quiet with the Ainsleigh and Annabelle napping, we dove right into making our homemade snack for the week.  I have to say, this was the coolest snack to make.  Well, the first three pans of them were.  Let me introduce you to our whole wheat cheddar hippo crackers.

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It really depends on who was poking the hippo eyes because some look like alligators and others like anteaters.  For the record though, the mini cookie cutter was a hippo.

Why hippos, you ask? Why not hippos?  I imagined them to be cute in a cracker form compared to the dangerous real animal form.  And it was one of Bobby's many nicknames he had for the twins in their chunkier stage. Chubby Hippos.

Now, on for the instruction because you will love these.

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(Don't be scared of the stick of butter.  I doubled the recipe for my hippos. The recipe doubled made like 200 crackers.)

Whole Wheat Hippo (insert any other animal) Cracker

 

(Recipe courtesy Smitten Kitchen.com)

Yield: About 100 1 1/4 inch crackers

6 ounces (1 1/2 cups coarsely grated) sharp cheddar, orange if you can find one you like 4 tablespoons (2 ounces or 57 grams) butter 1/2 cup (2 1/2 ounces or 62 grams) whole wheat flour 1/4 cup (1 1/8 ounces or 31 grams) all-purpose flour 1/8 teaspoon onion powder 1/8 teaspoon table salt

Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine all ingredients in a food processor, running the machine until the dough forms a ball, about two minutes.

If the dough feels warm or soft, wrap it in waxed paper or plastic wrap and chill it in the fridge for 30 to 45 minutes. This also makes it easier to transfer shapes once they are rolled out.

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On a lightly floured surface, using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll the dough out 1/8-inch thick. Form shapes with a cookie cutter, dipping it in flour from time to time to ensure a clean cut. Gently transfer crackers to an ungreased cookie sheet with a 1/2 inch between them.

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Bake the crackers on the middle rack for 12 to 15 minutes, or until they are barely browned at the edges. Remove from the oven and set the cookie sheet on a rack to cool.

Let me be the first to say that these little crackers are incredible.  They've got a little bite to them from the sharp cheddar and onion powder.  My girls have been devouring them.  For all that work let's be moderate, please!

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I found our adorable litte mini cookie cutters here.  We picked up a turtle, snail, and crab as well.  I'd like to experiment with a cocoa-cookie version of these little snacks.  Any good recipes?

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So what do you think... one eye for the hippo or two?  Try making them and let me know what you think!

 

the sleepy time gal