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Nov 7, 2015

Iced Animal Crackers {gluten + dairy free}

When I was a kid, animal crackers were one of my favorite snacks. My favorites were the ones in the pink bag: shortbread cookies, lightly frosted with a hardened glaze. My second favorite were the iced ones, coated in pink and white icing and topped with sprinkles. While I have been able to find one brand of the lightly frosted animal crackers that are dairy-free and safe for my little guy, I haven't found any that are free of both dairy and gluten, and also have icing.

The plain animal crackers are okay, but I'll usually only eat a couple and then be done with them. Which is probably better than eating an entire package, but where's the fun in that? Ha!

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Last year around Christmastime, I was inspired to try my hand at creating my own iced version when I discovered Milkless Polar Dream bars from Premier Chocolatiers. They are a delicious, dairy-free white chocolate bar, and perfect for creating other yummy treats with. 

I actually made them, took photos, the kids devoured them, and then unfortunately I didn't get around to sharing them here! I've been reminded of them this school year countless times as our elementary school's "safe snack list" includes animal crackers with a note specifying "plain, no frosting," as a way to keep dairy out of the classroom and prevent Mason from coming into contact with food that could cause a reaction. Every time I look at that little note, it reminds me to get the recipe shared...so here it is! 

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Iced Animal Crackers {gluten + dairy free}

2 cups gluten free, dairy free animal crackers (I used Kinnikinnick brand, but use whatever is safe for you)
2 Milkless Polar Dream, dairy free white chocolate bars
1 cup powdered sugar
1-2 Tbsp almond milk (or other dairy free milk; amount depends on desired icing consistency)
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
sprinkles (optional)

Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper or parchment.

Break the Milkless Polar Dream bars into small pieces and place in a small microwave-safe bowl. Melt in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring each time until all pieces are melted. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Stir until combined. 

Check your icing consistency at this point. (You want it to be thin enough to dip the animal crackers in and let the excess drip off, but thick enough to coat and stay on the crackers.) If the mixture is too thick, add dairy free milk a few drops at a time while mixing until it thins out.  If it is too thin, add a little more powdered sugar until it reaches the right consistency. Test it out on a couple of crackers as you go to make sure it is perfect.

Dip each animal cracker into the icing mixture and allow it to coat the cracker. Use a fork to remove the cracker from the mixture, let the excess icing drip back into the bowl, then place the cracker on the prepared cookie sheet. Add sprinkles while the icing is still wet. Continue until all cookies are coated and sprinkled. Place cookie sheet in the freezer for 10 minutes or until the icing is set. 

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