"When I was a child, we kids helped Mom cut these crispy crackers into all sorts of shapes," recalls Bob Dittmar of Trout Run, Pennsylvania. "They're not too sweet, but sweet enough that we always wanted more."
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1/2 cup hot water
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 to 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- In a bowl, combine sugar, oats, baking soda and salt. Cut in shortening until crumbly. Add water and vanilla; stir until blended. Add enough flour to form a stiff dough. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut into rectangles or use cookie cutters dipped in flour. Using a floured spatula, transfer to greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on wire racks. Yield: about 4 dozen.
Originally published as Oatmeal Animal Crackers in Quick Cooking January/February 1999, p54
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