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Iced Animal Crackers

These Iced Animal Crackers remind our editor-in-chief Brian Hart Hoffman of his favorite brand of animal cookies when he was a kid. A thin glaze of royal icing is painted onto the cookies, which settles in the imprints of the design and dries to a crisp finish that makes the shapes pop. Shop the animal cookie cutters we used for these cookies here


Iced Animal Crackers

Makes about 60 cookies


½ cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, softened¼ cup (50 grams) granulated sugar2 tablespoons (42 grams) honey1 large egg (50 grams), room temperature teaspoons (5 grams) vanilla extract, divided¾ cup (94 grams) all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting¾ cup (94 grams) whole wheat flour1 teaspoon (5 grams) baking powder¾ teaspoon (1.5 grams) ground cinnamon½ teaspoon (1.5 grams) kosher salt1 cup (120 grams) confectioners’ sugar1 teaspoon (5 grams) meringue powder2 tablespoons (30 grams) waterPale pink gel food coloring


Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter, granulated sugar, and honey at medium speed until well combined. Add egg; beat until combined, stopping to scrape sides of bowl. Beat in 1 teaspoon (4 grams) vanilla.
In a small bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. With mixer on low speed, gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating until just combined and no dry streaks remain.
Lightly dust work surface with all-purpose flour; on prepared surface, roll dough to ¼-inch thickness. Using assorted animal-shaped cutters, cut dough, and place 1 inch apart on prepared pans.
Bake until edges are set and surface is dry, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool on pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire racks.
In another small bowl, whisk together confectioners’ sugar and meringue powder; whisk in 2 tablespoons (30 grams) water and remaining ¼ teaspoon (1 gram) vanilla until smooth. Pour half of mixture into a third small bowl. Tint one bowl of glaze with food coloring as desired. Using a pastry brush or a small food-safe paintbrush, brush a thin layer of glaze onto cookies as desired. Let stand until glaze is dry, at least 2 hours or up to overnight. Store cookies in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

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