Memories of Cadbury Animal Biscuits had me reaching for the animal-shaped cutters in a bid to create my own gluten free chocolate animal biscuits recipe. And blimey, they turned out AWESOME! Cadbury chocolate paired with a scrunchy munchy gluten free biscuit animal…they are far too easy to eat.
Technically I made these for my daughter to have as a treat, but I’ll admit I ate A LOT of them. She loved them too and they were surprisingly easy to make, so I know I will be making these now on a regular basis.
I hadn’t even planned on sharing them as a blog recipe, but SO MANY of you asked for the recipe I decided to write it up asap. I hope you all have as much fun making these as I did, and enjoy the eating too :).
Where Can I Buy The Safari Animal Cutters?
I picked up my animal shaped plunger biscuit cutters in B&M a while ago, however I’ve found the exact same designs on Amazon – these Jungle Animal Cookie Cutters. Whatever cutter you decide to use, a plunger design cutter makes for a lovely end design and works well with this cookie dough. You can also use simple biscuit cutters if you just want an animal silhouette.
Which Cadbury Chocolate Is Suitable For Coeliacs?
I use the Cadbury Giant Chocolate Buttons, as they are gluten free and have no “may contain” warning in the UK. Note some other varieties of Cadbury Dairy Milk do have a may contain warning, so always check the packet carefully.
Can I Make A Dairy Free Version of These Chocolate Animal Biscuits?
I don’t see why not! Use a dairy free chocolate, such as Nomo and dairy free spread or the Stork Baking Block in place of butter/Stork spread. I haven’t tried the dairy free version personally, but I feel quite confident that they would turn out well as often bake with the Stork block and get good results.
Gluten Free Chocolate Animal Biscuits Recipe
This recipe makes about 20 chocolate animal biscuits, assuming you are working with fairly small cutters. They are so munchable, if you have time I recommend doubling or even tripling the recipe and making a small jungleful of them!
You’ll find a full method below, plus some photos to help guide you through the recipe. Feel free to email me any questions or comments you might have. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or message me on Instagram/Facebook @myglutenfreeguide. I love seeing your home creations too so please do tag me on social media if you make these.
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A gluten free take on Cadbury Animal Biscuits! Chocolate meets tasty crunchy safari animals, in a fun nostalgic bake that kids and adults will both love.
- 50g unsalted butter/Stork
- 25g caster sugar
- 45g plain flour (I used FREEE)
- 30g cornflour
- 50g Cadbury Giant Buttons
- Preheat your oven to 160C (fan) and line a large baking tray with non-stick baking paper.
- Mix the softened butter/Stork and sugar together in a bowl until smooth.
- Sift the flour and cornflour into the bowl and stir until crumbly. Then mix and knead with your hand until you have a soft, smooth biscuit dough, which comes away from the sides of the bowl and forms a ball.
- Spread a new piece of non-stick baking paper on your work surface, and place the ball of dough on top. Lay a piece of cling film on top and roll out with a rolling pin, to around 3mm thick.
- Use animal plunger cutters to cut the animal shapes. Plunge the dough, remove any excess dough from around the edges of the cutter, then carefully ease the animal shape out directly onto the prepared baking sheet. Note, the biscuits don't spread much so you can place them all fairluy close together on the tray.
- Once you've cut as many animals as you can from that first roll, reform the excess into a ball and roll out, repeating steps 4-5 until you've used all the dough and have a tray full of animals!
- Pop the tray into the oven to bake for 18 minutes at 160C (fan). The biscuits will have started to colour slightly, but will still be quite pale.
- All them to cool for a couple of minutes on the tray, then carefully transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool fully before decorating.
- Once the biscuits have cooled, melt the chocolate buttons (I pop them in a bowl and microwave for 1 minutes, then stir until they have melted). Set a fresh piece of non-stick baking paper or clean silicone baking mat on a plate or small oven tray - you want it to be small enough to fit in the fridge, but big enough to hold your animals.
- Turn the biscuits over and paint each with chocolate - I use a small palette knife for this, as it's helpful for coating any fine legs/trunks. Place each chocolate side down on the lined tray, pressing lightly to ensure the chocolate and the biscuit are fused together. Once you've done them all, pop them in the fridge to set.
- Once the chocolate has set (30 mins - 1 hour), carefully peel the animals off the baking paper and try to resist scoffing them all immediately :). Enjoy straight away or store in an airtight container to keep them fresh.
Oooo I love making these chocolate animal biscuits and might have to tackle another fun biscuit soon. Let me know if you have any requests! In the meantime, here are some other bakes you might like to try:
Happy baking! Laura xxx
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