Aren’t these CUTE???
I didn’t come up with the idea all on my own – I have my daughter’s last years preschool teachers to thank for it! At the end of the school year, they sent home a “cookbook” of all the recipes they’d made. My daughter was excited to flip through it and I let her pick out which recipe she’d like to remake first.
She picked the Zebra Zoos.
Now, they actually did theirs a little differently, so this is my version.
Below are all our store-bought ingredients that make this super simple to set up. It’s the type of project where you can buy everything ahead of time and stick all the stuff in the back of the pantry until a rainy day.
Vanilla Cake Icing
Animal Cracker Cookies
Black Candy Melts OR Chocolate Chips
The first step is to spread the icing over the graham crackers.
You don’t need a lot. And you don’t need your Little Ones overdosing on sugar, so you may need to gently offer to help them smooth it out a bit. :)
Melt the candy melts in the microwave according to the package directions within a small baggy (preferably freezer weight), then snip the corner off to drizzle the candy back and forth over the white icing.
This will make the appearance of the zebra stripes, which is where the treat gets its name.
Why did I use candy melts instead of chocolate chips?
First of all: the black candy melts are darker than the chocolate chips. Black instead of brown, so more zebra-like. Also, I wanted the flavor of them to match the icing. The candy melts have a vanilla flavor, like white chocolate.
[hint: you can usually buy the candy melts at Michaels with a coupon.]
Then attach a few cookies by pressing them into the black candy melt stripes before the stripes have a chance to set. (So, right after you draw on the stripes.)
Oh….. and it would behoove you to remember to coat your workspace with waxed or parchment paper first. Just sayin’.