Gluten-Free Casein-Free Hazelnut Animal Crackers

Gluten-Free Casein-Free Hazelnut Animal Crackers

½ cup crispy hazelnuts or sunflower seeds
½ cup coconut flour
½ cup masa corn meal or sprouted buckwheat flour
½ cup coconut oil or ghee
2 duck eggs or 3 chicken eggs
1/3 cup Rapadura sugar or date sugar
2 tablespoons honey
½ teaspoon pectin or xanthan gum
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-4 tablespoons water

Grind the crispy nuts in the food processor. Pulse in the remaining ingredients, except the water. Add the water one teaspoon at a time, blending until the dough is smooth and soft. The texture should resemble sugar cookie dough. If it is too soft to handle, refrigerate it for about an hour until firm. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Roll out the dough, using arrowroot flour to prevent sticking. Cut with cookie cutters and carefully place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Baking times may vary depending on the size and thickness of the cookies. They may be ready in as little as six minutes. They will be golden but still a little soft. Cool the cookies on the baking sheet before storing them in a tightly closed container in the fridge.