Animal crackers/cookies are such a kid favorite. The ones in the little red box with the string are probably the most popular, but frosted animal cookies are pretty awesome, too.
These cookies are essentially just a really delicious sugar cookie, rolled thin and frosted with some sweet icing on top. I added just a tiny bit of cinnamon to the dough and I was quite happy with the slightest bit of warmth it added.
These cookies don't have to be frosted. I think they'd be quite delicious simply dusted with some cinnamon sugar.
I cut my cookies out with two vintage cookie cutters I bought a few years ago at a garage sale. The horse shape reminds me of the Ikea horse. As I was testing out this recipe, I really wished I had the Williams-Sonoma Circus Animal Cracker Cookie Cutters, but they had been discontinued. They would have been perfect. They had all the famous shapes: a lion, giraffe, tiger, elephant and even the seal balancing a ball on it's nose. I found a few sets on eBay, but I just couldn't justify over $30 for a set of cookie cutters.
No matter how you choose to cut them, it's still a pretty darned good cookie.
To make icing: