Teacher Gift: Gingerbread Animal Crackers

This time of year calls for teacher gifts. You can go on Pinterest and find a bunch of really complicated gifts that will give you a headache, or you can let your kids help thank their teachers. These animal crackers are easy (just throw everything in the food processor) and a healthier alternative gift. Help keep our resources for families with special needs free! Disclaimer: Project Autism is an Amazon Affiliate; items and/or products linked in this blog are only those that we trust with our own families. If you should purchase them via the links listed, we will receive a portion of the purchase, however, it is not costing you an extra thing! Recipe by Catherine McCord (Check out her books, they are great!)


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup old-fashioned oats
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, chilled and cut into pieces
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • cookie cutters
  • cookie sheets

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Step 1

Combine first seven ingredients (through salt) in a food processor. Mix in butter.

Step 2

Add the egg, molasses, and vanilla and pulse until the dough forms into a ball.

Step 3

Wrap the dough in plastic and leave in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes.

Step 4

Preheat the oven to 350. Roll out dough and cut using animal-shaped cookie cutters. Place cookies on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or a silicone liner. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the cookies are set and starting to turn brown on the edges.

Step 5

Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to a month. Package them up and hand them over to teachers!