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Animal Cracker Cheesecake

Here is an animal cracker cheesecake recipe inspired this cheesecake I found on Delish (see the original recipe here), but has been modified to make it gluten-free. 

For the cheesecake crust, I used Goodie Girl Cookies Gluten Free Magical Animal Crackers. This would be a great recipe to try out with the kids because of the adorable animal cracker shapes! See how I did it below. 

Servings 10-12

8 Hours



For the Crust

  • 2 cups  or 1 box of Goodie Girl Cookies Gluten Free Magical Animal Cracker Cookies finely crushed (be sure to save a few for the garnish)
  • 5 tbsp butter melted
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon of salt


Cheesecake Filling

  • 8oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons gluten-free flour (I used Bob's Red Mill white rice flour)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt


For Garnish

  • Whipped Cream
  • A couple of Goodie Girl Cookies Magical Animal Crackers uncrushed
  • Sprinkles (if desired)


1. Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit. In a large ziplock bag, crush up Magical Animal Crackers. In a large bowl, combine the crushed magical crackers, melted butter, sugar, and salt. Place in either an 8" or 9" springform pan or a regular cake pan lined with parchment paper. Bake crust for 10 - 12 minutes until it reaches a light gold color.


2. Reduce oven to 325 ° Fahrenheit. Prepare the filling of the cheesecake by mixing the cream cheese and sugar with an electric mixer until no lumps remain. Add in one egg at a time to the mixture. Add in vanilla extract, sour cream, gluten-free flour, and salt and mix well. Pour mixture over crust and bake in the oven for about 1 and a half hours (90 minutes). Delish recommends baking until the center of the cheesecake only slightly jiggles.

3. Remove cheesecake from oven and let cool on a cooling rack for about 1 hour. Move cheesecake to the fridge to let cool for another 5 hours or overnight. 

4. Remove cheesecake from the springform pan or cake pan and decorate with whipped cream, magical animal crackers, and sprinkles if desired. Enjoy!

i'm Nicole

I started this blog three years ago after I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. After struggling to adjust to a mandatory gluten free diet, I wanted to create a resource for others trying to learn their way around this gluten filled world.

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