Oatmeal Crackers Recipe

Snappy, substantial, homemade oatmeal crackers - made with rolled oats and rye flour. Plus a little glimpse at some postcards I made.

Oatmeal Crackers

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.

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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 minutes - Cook time: 15 minutes

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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.

Honestly Good Food

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!


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!


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

Jess (Sweet Potato)

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 :)

Alice at Northeast Locavore

Oh these are way too cute!

Simply Life

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!


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

Katrina Dingle

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.


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

Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama

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 :)

Carly from Yummrs

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*


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

The Duo Dishes

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

jodye @ 'scend food

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.


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. :)

kamran siddiqi

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

Sense of Home


A Teenage Gourmet

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.


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

J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog)

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