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.
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
- 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
- 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 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.