Oatmeal Crackers

Oatmeal Crackers Recipe


Repetition has been the theme around here lately. And you'll see why in just a minute. In a nutshell, my life has been dialed into one channel - it's called the "you have a cookbook coming out" channel. There's a lot going on, and the more unmanageable my in-box gets, the more I find myself craving moments of mindless repetition. The more mindless, the better. Roll-and-stamp cookies or crackers fit the bill nicely - like these oatmeal crackers. I've also started the process of assembling a thousand little postcard packets. I finish each one with a small piece of pink-striped tape, and I swear, I smile inside when each pack is completed. Simple pleasures.

Oatmeal Cracker Recipe

The postcards came about as I started thinking that it would be nice to have a little something on hand to give to people who make the effort to come out to a signing, or to give to friends I bump into out and about, or to mail to all the people who helped me test recipes. The guys at the print shop up the street from my house helped me make four different postcards, each featuring a different image from the book. I ordered a box of flat glassine bakery bags, a self inking stamp, and picked up some paper tape in Japan Town.

Oatmeal Cracker Recipe

As far as the postcards were concerned, I kept it simple - image on one side, then all-white back with a tiny super natural every day logo, and the words "stamp" and "postcard" micro-small. I wanted the bags to show a hint of the underlying image through them. Come to think of it, I wish they were a bit more transparent, but they work well enough. A semi-transparent kraft bag was another direction I was thinking about, but I had a hard time finding a good source with volume.

Oatmeal Cracker Recipe

So, I've been making postcard packets. And at the same time, I've been thinking about crackers. I like the recipe for Oatmeal Crackers in The Great Scandinavian Baking Book by Beatrice Ojakangas. I thought I might make them as part of a lunch menu I did for an event with Little Flower School and June Taylor yesterday. I'd top them with a spread (of some sort) in place of crostini. Well - I ended up doing the crostini from Super Natural Cooking instead, but I like these crackers enough that I wanted to share them. I have some tips and tricks I've come by to make them extra good.

Oatmeal Cracker Recipe

The concept for these crackers is straight-forward. You make a pot of oatmeal, combine it with rye & all-purpose flour and a few seasonings. Then work it all into a dough. When these crackers are at their best, they are full of toasty oat flavor, hearty and substantial. They are snappy not soft, and will keep for a week or more sealed tightly in a jar. But! To get them this way you need to roll the dough as thin as you possibly can. And then you need to bake the crackers to within an inch of their lives - dark, dark golden. Can you see how thin I've rolled the dough up above there? Work it even thinner if you can.

Oatmeal Cracker Recipe

You can cut the crackers into whatever shapes you like. And you can either bake them bumped up next to each other, or spaced out. I make strip shapes for cheese plates and spreads, and tiny animal crackers for my nephew from the scraps.

 
 
 
 

Oatmeal Crackers

I tend to use fine grain sea salt in the crackers, and then a flakier salt sprinkled across the tops before baking. I grind my anise seed in a spice grinder.

1 cup / 3 oz / 85 g rolled oats
1 1/4 cups / 300 ml whole milk, heated just to boiling
1/4 cup / 2 oz / 55g room-temperature unsalted butter
4 tablespoons natural cane sugar
3 teaspoons aluminum-free baking powder
2 teaspoons crushed anise seed - optional
1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1 1/4 cup / 5.5 oz / 155g dark rye flour
1 1/2 cups / 6.75 oz / 190g all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
more salt for sprinkling

In a large bowl combine the rolled oats and boiling milk. Let stand until cool. To speed this up I sometimes place the bowl in the freezer for about 35 minutes. When cool, stir in the butter, sugar, baking powder, anise seed, salt, and rye flour. Stir in the all-purpose flour, a bit at a time, until a stiff dough forms. Turn out onto a counter top and knead until the dough comes together and is uniform.

Heat the oven to 425F / 245C with racks in top and bottom thirds.

Divide the dough into two parts, just so you have a manageable amount to work with. Now, you're going to want to roll the dough out very thin - 1/8th-inch. This way your crackers will have snap. Have a look at the photo up above, and try to get it thinner than that. If your dough is at all stubborn, just let it rest there for ten minutes or so, then try again.

Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheets [they don't spread much), and sprinkle with a bit more salt - flaky salt if you have it. Bake for roughly 14 minutes, but here's the trick. When the cracker bottoms are deeply golden, roughly 9 minutes in, flip each cracker, and brown the flip side as well. Use your best judgement and remove when well done. Cool completely before storing in large air-tight jars.

Repeat with the remaining dough, and cut the scraps into tiny soup crackers.

Makes dozens of crackers, depending on how large or small you cut them.

Adapted from The Great Scandinavian Baking Book by Beatrice Ojakangas.

Prep time: 45 min - Cook time: 15 min

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Jessica @ How Sweet
March 14, 2011

These crackers look fabulous and are just so cute!

 

The postcards are beautiful. I love the oatmeal animal crackers but I would probably go crackers doing them. Rectangles are nice.

 

PB&Jargon
March 14, 2011

love that you start w/a pot of oats and add rye! they look satisfying and delicious!

 

Nisrine M.
March 14, 2011

The postcards are so pretty and so are the crackers.

Good luck with all the work you have to do for the cookbook. It'll be all worth it at the end.

 

I know what you mean! I have a cookbook coming out soon too. When I'm not working on it I want everything around me to only be very simple. This is a lovely post; the crackers and the post cards. Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

 

Sarah
March 14, 2011

I love these crackers! I'm planning my birthday brunch- with assorted cheeses, and will make these for my guests! I love your crackers. Your first book, and website have changed my life!

 

DessertForTwo
March 14, 2011

Homemade crackers are a big deal lately! I can't wait to try your version!

Also, I can't wait to come to one of your signings! Keep us updated :)

 

Sara
March 14, 2011

Congratulations on being that much closer to publishing! I got the Great Scandinavian Baking Book for Christmas and while I love it, I have not baked as much from it as I would have liked because I am perhaps too spoiled for choice? Where to begin among all these delicious items? I have not had good luck with crackers in the past but perhaps this is a sign that I should try again (especially as we have had far too much sweet baking recently). It's also a great chance to use my rye flour which has been neglected of late. (PS just made your ginger chocolate cookies from a past Christmas post--they are incredible--somehow we still haven't eaten them all but they are as soft and delicious as fresh baked!)

 

Amy
March 14, 2011

You're so creative! I will have to try them. Can't wait for your new book

 

I have to try these! I have found that rolling out homemade crackers super thin is definitely key. It takes some muscle!

 

Making homemade crackers is on my project list for this spring. These sound great and very different from what I had in mind. I think I'll try them.

 

Jessica
March 14, 2011

I am going to really really try to make it to one of your sf book signings! Thank you Heidi for being such a great model of coolness, kindness and talent. xo

 

KateP
March 14, 2011

Heidi, what a beautiful and generous gesture making the postcard packs. I am going to keep a close eye on where you might be doing signings in SF. My sister will be in SF for several days at the very end of April and if there was an opportunity for me to pre purchase the book at a store like Omnivore perhaps and have it signed for her to collect & bring home to Australia I would be so thrilled.

HS: Hi Kate, It looks like I might be popping up to Portland/Seattle at the very end of April for a few days. But mail me on the side when you know her dates. We'll work it out so that she can swing by and pick up a copy to take back to you!

 

Anjali Shah
March 14, 2011

What a great recipe for healthy and delicious crackers! I've never made crackers on my own but will definitely try this - and I love the animal shapes - so cute :) Congrats also on getting close to your cookbook coming out - I can't wait to come to one of your signings in SF!

 

BiancaSasha
March 14, 2011

What a lovely idea the postcards are, very thoughtful- in fact I might start using my photos in the same way. Thanks for the idea!

Bianca

 

Julianna Starr
March 14, 2011

These are absolutely adorable and show such impressive craftmanship with food - rolling dough that thin by hand and making straight lines with a dough cutter are tricky tasks! I'm wondering where you found those cutsie cookie cutters, I love the duckling!

Where can I find info/dates about your book signings?

HS: Hi Julianna, I'm hoping to post some info in the next week or so.

 

Michelle
March 14, 2011

You are a brilliant woman! I love the postcards and crackers are right up my alley! I am always reaching for something crunchy but I will not settle for any old greasy cracker. I will make these as soon as possible!

 

sweet road
March 14, 2011

The crackers look delicious, and I love the packaging for those postcards. Simple and fulfilling... just like your recipes!

 

Heidi @ Food Doodles
March 14, 2011

Those look great! The rye flour and anise seed sounds amazing. These are definitely on my to do list :)

 

renee
March 14, 2011

Beautiful postcards. I hope to find out where your sf signings will be. I will be there with my copy in hand.
Did you use one of those old fashioned roller thingys to get that pretty edge on your crackers? I don't have one anymore. Do you know where I can find another one?
renee

HS: I did! I actually just noticed that Nikole was going to be making these beauties available soon.

 

Sounds great! I would add some caraway seed to really bring out the rye. Love the animal shapes! So fun.

 

emi
March 14, 2011

Neat to see oatmeal used in crackers. I'd imagine it to be a very tricky medium. Paged through 'Super Natural Today'. Tickled to see Pim's(?) face in the sweet section. As long as it's been since you gave it to me at school, am a bit embarrassed to say that I haven't made anything from there just yet. Any suggestions for your ultimate favorite recipe from your First book?

HS: Hi Emi - Picking favorites is tough! I still love the Otsu though. You can see which recipes other people like here.

 

A Teenage Gourmet
March 14, 2011

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Sense of Home
March 14, 2011

Those crackers sound wonderful and the postcards are beautiful. You have been busy!

-Brenda

 

kamran siddiqi
March 14, 2011

I absolutely love how thoughtful you are about giving out postcards. I'm sure people will definitely be grateful because of it! As for the oatmeal crackers- I just love 'em! I love how you said to bake them "to within an inch of their lives." Lovely post! And I'm crossing my fingers that you'll have a book signing in the NY/NJ area. :)

 

Story
March 14, 2011

Heidi, these are so cute! And oatmeal -- I just can't resist! I'm off to find some cute cookie cutters....The postcards are such a great idea.

 

jodye @ 'scend food
March 14, 2011

These crackers look wonderful, and I'm always looking for a way to incorporate more oats into my life! I love the animal crackers!

 

The Duo Dishes
March 14, 2011

After finding a recipe for homemade cheese crackers and now oatmeal crackers, it's time to try this!

 

Katie
March 14, 2011

Heidi, what adorable little crackers! If I had cookie cutters that produced such cute shapes, I'd look for excuses all the time to bake some up. Thanks for sharing the cracker recipe. I'll have to try it sometime soon. The crackers at the store seem a little boring compared to these.
Will you be doing an extensive tour for the new book? Would you consider visiting Chicago? *nudge*

 

Carly from Yummrs
March 14, 2011

I've GOT to get me some of those cookie cutters! I'm afraid gingerbread man shapes just won't cut it (no pun intended...) for these little guys. They remind me of Barnum's animal crackers - but I'm sure the flavor is so much lovelier :)

 

Caffettiera
March 15, 2011

I live quite close to a town famous for the quality of its steel, and can find beautiful cookie cutters at the market. I now have the perfect excuse to buy half a dozen of them: healthy crackers, perfect for lunch and dinner and snack.
i love the postcard idea, it will make those who receive them feel really special.

 

Katrina Dingle
March 15, 2011

These are freaking adorable! Great idea. I'm going to have so much fun making these!

 

Chihiro
March 15, 2011

These are adorable and look delicious. I don't think I would have the patience for the tiny cut-outs, but I wish I did!

 

Simply Life
March 15, 2011

Oh these are way too cute!

 

Your recipes are so creative! I also love your animal cookie cutters - I've never seen shapes quite like them. Beautiful!

HS: My nephew likes to break off the fox tails :)

 

Jess (Sweet Potato)
March 15, 2011

Those animal crackers are so cute! I made my first crackers a few weeks ago and they were so easy!

 

RJMc
March 15, 2011

Great post - photos and article. Will be baking these today. I like the way you use the scraps. I have tiny leaf-shaped cutters that will be fun for autumn. (Your Chocolate Puddle Cookies are still a big hit around here.) Thank you for this!

 

lesley@homemadegrits
March 15, 2011

what a genius idea! i can't imagine how crazy life gets when one is releasing a cookbook. i pre-ordered it and can't wait to get it!

HS: Thank you Lesley!

 

Honestly Good Food
March 15, 2011

Holy cuteness! I just received a whole box of little animal cookie cutouts, too. I've been planning on doing some chocolate graham crackers with them. Have fun with the continuation of the cookbook process.


HS: Chocolate Graham crackers? Yes please.

 

Beautiful postcards. That's so thoughtful. I'm hoping you'll have a book signing in my area soon!

 

Molly
March 15, 2011

Not sure what to comment on first! The postcards are absolutely stunning, and I want to shove a handful of those crackers in my mouth, ASAP. Great post!

 

These crackers look snackalicious! They are so adorable- love the little animal shapes!

 

Orit Levi
March 15, 2011

Cracker from my kitchen! These will be a lifesaver on busy weekends and vacation days. Thanks.

 

sally
March 15, 2011

I love your little animal shaped crackers! They are so cute and I'm sure they are super tasty too!

 

Nancy
March 15, 2011

Oh, I will definitely be making these. I am a nut for crunchy things, crackers especially, yet I've never tried making them myself. I love the oat-rye combination going on here. The postcards are beautiful; any chance you'll be doing an nyc book signing? :)

 

I used to love 'animal crackers' as a kid (but not as much as my little sister). These remind me of those! What a fun cracker for a get together Heidi.

Congrat's on your book!!! SO cool. Already have it ordered :)

 

The Cilantropist
March 15, 2011

Wow, is it a coincidence that I also posted a recipe from The Great Scandinavian Baking Book today? :) I really love that cookbook, the recipes are tried-and-true and so traditional. Everything just WORKS. Can't wait for your cookbook to come out though, and the postcards are a beautiful touch to celebrate people who support you.

 

Snack Girl
March 15, 2011

It is SO difficult to find healthy crackers in the store. These look like a great option. I love the shapes!

 

jenny
March 15, 2011

I LOVE the tiny animal shapes--especially the duck. would you be willing to share your source for the mini animal cookie/cracker cutters, heidi?

 

My mother always teases me when I make my own crackers because she can't imagine why I'd make something from scratch that is so ubiquitous in the stores. Then, she tastes one and I think for an instant she understands: Nothing that good comes in a box!

These look outstanding. You're rolled out crackers are beautiful! An inspiring goal for me to shoot for.

 

Linda NYC
March 15, 2011

I hope you come to NY for a signing - I've been a fan of your site and cookbooks for a long time and it would be fantastic to meet you. And those postcards are beautiful - wish I lived close enough to bump into you :)

All the best on the cookbook - counting the days until it arrives in the mail!

 

Susie
March 15, 2011

So cute. Sometimes it's fun to stand them up too like a little cookie diorama!

 

Kim in East Bay
March 15, 2011

This looks so fun! My kids love to bake and I will have to give this a go with them. I wonder though, if the dairy & gluten can be substituted. I have allergies to both but I'm new to that style of baking. If any readers have success, I'd love to hear about it!

 

Cheryl
March 15, 2011

Those look beautiful! Let us know what your tour dates are...we'll be looking for you in Seattle!

 

Lisa
March 15, 2011

Can't wait for the new book! And we would love to see you in Vancouver for a book signing!

 

Kathy
March 15, 2011

Heidi, Your first cookbook inspired me to totally change my eating habits. This site has allowed me to continue expanding my collection of phenomenally creative, delicious recipes, while also enjoying your beautiful photography. I've preordered your new book and can't wait to 'play' in the kitchen with your new recipes. Congratulations on your continued success!

 

Anne @ Baking Me
March 15, 2011

Those crackers look great! Cute postcards!

 

Jenny W
March 15, 2011

This recipe looks great, thanks. When I start my family on our no-processed-foods cleanse I will definitely make these, and probably even before then.

 

Ruth Ann
March 15, 2011

You may have covered this in previous posts, so I apologize if I'm asking an innapropriate questions. Why do you specify aluminum-free baking powder? Have pre-ordered the new book, as well as your first book and am anxiously awaiting both! I'm grateful I found your blog.

 

db
March 15, 2011

These crackers look just like the ones I buy in a little natural food store in Brazil, of all places. They add flax seeds to some. I must find one of those clever cutters. You are ever so thoughtful and energetic to create those beautiful post cards, really lovely. I pre-ordered your book so long ago, it will be a welcome surprise when it arrives! Thank you for your endless inspiration.

 

Carrie
March 15, 2011

Those crackers are so cute! They remind me of Scottish Oatcakes. I love them, and they're so cheap to make but so expensive to buy imported! They're dense and perfect with cheese and a cuppa tea. I will definitely try this rye type. Sounds like a match made in heaven!

 

The Healthy Apple
March 15, 2011

Love these crackers, Heidi. Such an adorable idea. I'm going to try to make them with my gluten-free oats over the weekend. Thank you for sharing and have a great day.
Best,
Amie

 

Heather
March 15, 2011

Bet these crackers would be great for a potluck together with a veggie pate. I wonder how Kamut flour would work in place of the rye, for my gluten-free friends.

 

Naomi
March 15, 2011

I love homemade crackers, thank you so much for a new recipe! I usually resort to my pasta roller to get the dough thin enough. It works very well if you don't mind working with one long strip of dough.

 

Michelle Nielsen
March 15, 2011

I have pre-ordered your book over Amazon and postcard or not I'll be glad to finally lay my eyes on it soon. Very much looking forward to it...Michelle

 

Heather
March 15, 2011

oops--kamut is not GF. What I meant to say was I wonder how gluten-free flour would work in place of the rye.

 

Sharlene
March 15, 2011

Sounds like you've been extremely busy lately and yet you managed to have the time to make these beautiful crackers! I can't wait to get my hands on your cookbook.

 

Tracey Adams
March 15, 2011

Those crackers look really yummy.
I’m wondering if you could use one of those hand-cranked pasta machines to roll the dough out super thin?

 

Lilly
March 15, 2011

Mmmm... beautiful. I think I may try rolling the dough through my pasta maker to see if I can create that super-thin effect you talked about. Has any tried that?

HS: I haven't tried it with this particular dough - but it works a charm w/ other doughs I've used.

 

Perla
March 15, 2011

Simplemente Delicioso!....

 

Dana
March 15, 2011

I wish I could get into the mindless repetition like you do. I give away a similar glassine bag with "treats" after each of my classes and the process of putting them together is sometimes more than I can bear. I'm so excited for you. Hoping you come to Seattle...

HS: It'd be great to meet you Dana!

 

Katatethat
March 15, 2011

I cannot wait to try these out. I'm on a parallel theme again Heidi; I posted my version of scottish oatcakes recently! Good luck with all the great stuff going on now with your book. Your recipes are fabulous!

HS: Thanks Kate!

 

Amy
March 15, 2011

Like one of your previous commenters, I would love to know if I can make these without dairy, maybe a nut milk? I will definitely be trying them. My kids love crackers and I would love not to have to buy them at the store with loads of preservatives in them.

HS: I haven't tried a non-dairy milk - maybe an oat milk would be nice? Let me know if you give any of them a try!

 

Diane Clark Johnson
March 15, 2011

Can't wait to try these! Will you be posting the yummy citrus studded nuggets you served this weekend at the little flower school? Those were so great. I just finished making your lentil soup and the limencello almond cookies. Great for this gray rainy day.

 

Maria G
March 15, 2011

I really love the postcards and your thoughtfulness in putting them together. The crackers look tasty, and I'll give them a try.

I realize you only have few locations listed for book signings, but I am curious if they'll take you across the country? At least to Texas? You're quite an inspiration, so I would love to spread the word locally (Houston) and come out and say hello and have my book signed.

 

carrie
March 15, 2011

Can't wait for your new cookbook. Pre-ordered at Amazon... wish I could make a signing but Colorado is a distance from Oregon...

The postcards and the little crackers are both such great ideas. I'm going to keep my eyes out for cute cutters! Thanks for all you do!

 

those adorable shapes just gave me a much-needed smile on an otherwise dreary day. thank you, heidi.

 

DebG
March 15, 2011

I was thinking just the same as Carrie - and feeling quite homesick for an oatcake.

Gorgeous photographs and a wonderful idea. I'd be over the moon to get a packet like that at a book signing.

 

brittany morgan
March 15, 2011

heidi: planning a book signing in pennslyvania (sheepish grin)?
do you think i could substitute almond milk with this recipe (no cow dairy)?

HS: I'm not sure yet Brittany - I might not make it to the east coast until later in the summer? I promise to let you know.

 

Ciao Florentina
March 15, 2011

These look so cute! I grew up eating oatmeal crackers spread with a little jam on top and a nice cup of tea. Good times, good times!

 

RisaG
March 15, 2011

They are all so cute, all perfect, and look so good. I have to try these. I love crackers.

 

debbie
March 15, 2011

OH!, how these gorgeous wee creatures have brought a smile and a bit of whimsy to a hectic day!
Many thanks xxx

 

lori
March 15, 2011

As always, I'm hungry and inspired reading your posts.

 

Malia
March 15, 2011

Seattle? Did I read that you might come to Seattle? When? Where? I'd love to post on some neighborhood blogs that you are coming, if I knew the particulars!

HS: Hi Malia, I'm working out the details as we speak. I'll post the details soon though :)

 

Victoria Elliott
March 15, 2011

Heidi, I'm hoping you're coming to Portland to do a book signing. Please let us know if and when you'll do that. Any plans to teach a class in Portland?
My teenage daughter has been a vegetarian for over a year, and I still have trouble feeding her well. Your site helps immensely.

HS: Hi Victoria, I am doing a signing in Portland - it should be fun, and I have a special guest too :)....I'm hoping to post the details soon!

 

Fantastic idea! Is it weird that I want to crawl inside your blog and live here?

 

Elisabet Figueras
March 16, 2011

Lovely crackers! Great post as always, thanks.

 

Anna Johnston
March 16, 2011

That's so true isn't it. The crazier things get sometimes the more we long for a little mindless repetition, totally agree.
Can't wait to see this cookbook, very exciting :)

 

Mairi @ Toast
March 16, 2011

These sound quite delicious,,,thinking a little blue cheese and a glass of a cheeky little red. Looking forward to the cookbook.

 

Anonymous
March 16, 2011

The postcard packets are such a lovely + generous idea! I'm sure everyone will love them. These crackers sounds like perfection! Love the animal shapes. :)

 

Sherry
March 16, 2011

Isn't that the case with just about anything that we're procrastinating or anxious about? This is why so many people knit...lol...!

The crackers seem easy and perfect for both little kids' snacks and adults alike. I love the idea of oats and rye.

Congrats on the new cookbook btw!

 

That is so cool that you cooked the oatmeal before adding it into the dough. Definitely something I want to try!

 

Gretchen
March 16, 2011

Ahh, I've tried to make crackers for my three small boys and this is the first recipe that actually tastes delicious. Thank you Heidi!

 

Emily
March 16, 2011

These look delicious! I have a three-year-old who is allergic to wheat, rye and milk who would love these. Do you have any suggestions for replacing the flours?

 

PamelaB
March 16, 2011

Going to try these next week while daughter is home for spring break...she can take some back with her! She commented several times over winter break about the lack of crackers in the house. (I quit buying them for obvious reasons) Used to make crackers when my girls were young, but drifted away from the habit as they got older & we became busier outside our home. I will sub whole wheat pastry flour in place of all purpose (I rarely have this) since that is my habit...tho...I wonder...will it overshadow the oat flavor...hmmmm. Thanks for sending this out!! The timing is perfect!

 

These look so adorable - I would have not guessed they were oatmeal crackers either. What a great project to do with your kids!

 

Sophie Delphis
March 17, 2011

I love the little animals - and the sound of that recipe, too!

 

Emily
March 17, 2011

Congratulations Heidi! The postcards are just gorgeous. Wow. I've pre-ordered your book from Amazon and I can't wait to get it! Your photos are as beautiful and inspiring as ever. They make me nostalgic too... I can feel San Francisco somehow in the quality of light... Sigh. I do miss that city. Paris isn't so bad though I guess...
Looking forward to making these crackers too obviously.

HS: Paris is so lovely. I can't wait to go back - hopefully soon.

 

Angela
March 17, 2011

Congratulations on your new book, Heidi. The previews look lovely and luscious! I hope you include Santa Barbara on your book tour. It has been voted one of the top ten "foodie" cities in the country. We have terrific local produce, farmers' markets, wineries and custom breweries. Please let me know if you are considering coming here; I could suggest some potential events and venues.

HS: Will do Angela! It has been some time since I've been through Santa Barbara

 

I absolutely love those postcards. So pretty!! Nicely packaged and everything. Beautiful!

 

Stephanie
March 17, 2011

The crackers look great! I'm always looking for good cracker recipes so I don't have to buy them at the store.
And you're so right about the therapeutic properties of rolling out dough! I secretly think that's why I love making pasta by hand.

 

cezara
March 17, 2011

Love how pretty the postcards are :) And the crackers look yummmy!!!

http://www.ourlivesinanutshell.com/living-with-a-vegan/

 

molly
March 17, 2011

I am smiling ear to ear, just looking at this spread. The wee animals! The striped tape! (Can we work a tsunami fundraiser involving Japanese tape?!) What a gracious, thoughtful, generous gift.

HS: I think Keiko & Pim are talking about doing a Menu for Hope. Certainly looking forward to being able to help in some way.

 

I love the postcard idea .. they're beautiful! And these crackers look like they could become a staple in my house. You know how toddlers LOVE crackers?!

To get my crackers super-thin, I sometimes use my pasta machine ...

:)

 

"Mindless repetition"? You've just written my biography!

 

Shannon Marie
March 18, 2011

Those postcards are gorgeous. I can see you appreciate the attention to details as I do. I love the look of the glassine bags with the paper tape. And they are uncluttered and clean looking. Well done! I've been very interested in baking my own crackers lately but I've not tried one with oats yet. After reading your post, I absolutely will!

 

Must be so much fun getting ready for the big launch. All the best.

 

Story
March 18, 2011

So, I'm just getting prepped to make these with my daughter and hit a stumbling block. Do you mean 1 1/2 cups of milk (therefore 360ml as writen) or truly 1 1/4 cups as written?

HS: 1 1/4 cups / 300ml. Thx!

 

Emily
March 18, 2011

Oh my goodness! I just made a gluten free batch of these and they are AMAZING. I substituted sweet rice flour for the all-purpose, and amaranth flour for the rye flour. I imagine any tasty whole grain flour would work well in place of the rye.

I noticed mine cooked a bit more quickly than the recipe indicates; maybe I rolled them out thinner. I just had to keep a close eye on them while they were in the oven.

Time to find things to eat with crackers! Yum!!!

 

Amanda
March 18, 2011

I love your postcards! They are beautiful! :) And I will have to try this recipe for sure!

 

joy the baker
March 18, 2011

i adore this post.. congratulations! i can't wait to get my hands on this book!

 

Great post! Since I have lots of oatmeal here, I think its time to be innovative...lol! Thanks for giving me an idea on how to eat the oatmeal..

Keep the ideas flowing!!

Cheers!
Alex

 

Melissa
March 19, 2011

These are darling. I cook a lot with kids, these will be perfect.

Thanks!

 

Story
March 19, 2011

I tried these with my 3 1/2-year-old daughter today. It was a fantastic project for her to make her own special crackers (and for Mommy to get some baking done).

 

Jim
March 20, 2011

Saw your article in ELLE Mag. Congratulations

 

Jim Jondreau
March 20, 2011

BTW, forgot to leave my address:

www.cafejondreau.com

 

Jennnifer Feeney
March 20, 2011

I just finished making these with the kids. I replaced the anise with caraway seeds and they are wonderful! Easy to roll out. The kids helped cut them into shapes using these mini cutters from a Williams Sonoma Store : http://www.etsy.com/listing/64705853/cookie-pastry-cutters-unused-12pc

We have a huge jar of them. Perfect for a whole grain snack. Thanks for the great cracker recipe! I image you could use this recipe as a base for other crackers, say a graham cracker?

 

Darien
March 20, 2011

Just FYI, pasta roller will work, but you will have to roll it out fairly thin first - it is a pretty stiff dough (perhaps I let the oats sit too long?) and found rolling by hand was easier that the pasta machine. Typing this as the first batch bakes...the kitchen smells amazing!

 

GJ (GRETCHEN JUNIOR)
March 21, 2011

Ahh, I've tried to make crackers for my three small boys and this is the first recipe that actually tastes delicious. Thank you Heidi!

 

Alex
March 22, 2011

This look great, we'll definitely be trying them.

 

CharlotteAuChocolat
March 22, 2011

the oatmeal crackers look adorable and yummy and the postcard packets are just stunning!

 

Helen
March 22, 2011

Just finished making these, with two helpers, and half the batch has been devoured by a horde of hungry siblings already :) |Thankyou for the recipe.

As I was baking with an impatient kid, he didn't roll his dough out quite that thinly, but they actually taste pretty good thicker too- kind of like a digestive.

 

Anne
March 22, 2011

Thanks for this great recipe.
I choosed a hedgehog form and I have now many jummy hedgehog crackers.......
Thanks from germany

 

Helene
March 24, 2011

Now that I am going through the same thing I started reading your post going "Oh my God! She is right on it!" Yes, normalcy through repetition. I am doing a lot of it too these days. Makes me stay grounded.
Just got my copy today and have been reading it all evening. It is gorgeous! So happy for you!

 

Oceana
March 29, 2011

Hi!

Hi! I have absolutely loved every savory recipe of yours that I have ever made, so I decided to try your basic chocolate cake for my birthday yesterday and I have some questions for you. I avoid refined sugar and generally also eat vegan so I was really pleased to see this recipe. ..but the cake just didn't work for me. I used a simple chocolate frosting recipe from Elana's pantry (gluten free site), and the frosting was wonderful and helped to be honest, but the cake just didn't seem right-it was a bit dry, and also just didn't seem to have strong enough or palatable enough flavor..any ideas?? Did I do something wrong?? We followed the recipe exactly..as a fan of yours, I would love to venture more into your baking recipes now that I've had so much success with your savory recipes!!

 

Marina
March 31, 2011

I love your food, and your blog - and I've never posted before now. suddenly I'm cooking for my 8 month old son as well us his parents, and so I'm trying to use as little salt as possible in our food. Baby-led weaning is a delight, and so is finding a savoury recipe for little fingers! Do you think the salt in these crackers could be reduced without affecting the 'science' of the baking? It'll alter how many of these he can have, and if you have time to guess for me, I'd be so grateful!
Thanks for your lovely blog.

 

Barbara
April 1, 2011

Heidi, I've been watching and have been inspired by your blog for ages but never posted till now, these crackers are just too cool! I made them quite differently but loved the idea of a pot of oatmeal as a base! Mine had poppy seeds, sesame, flax, quinoa, ground pistachios, lemon zest and loads of black pepper and they came out just amazing. With the oodles of ground pistachios I used, I only had to use about a cup of flour to make a workable dough, which I think is a win and makes me think that a gluten free version is very possible. I left out the sugar, anise seed and rye because I didn't have them on hand but look forward to my next grocery trip to make your version which sounds delightful :)

 

Flo
April 2, 2011

These are delicious, thank you for the recipe. I've made them twice; once exactly as written and the second time with buckwheat instead of rye flour (I'd already soaked the oats before I realized I was out of rye flour and figured buckwheat would add flavor). Great both times; even my 17-month-old gobbles them up. My oven overheats, but even adjusting for that they cooked in 7-9 minutes total, flipping halfway through. I cut mine out using cookie cutters in different shapes and the recipe made over 100 crackers a little bigger than 1" squared each.