This is a project I’ve been thinking about doing for ages. So it was time to kick start my DIY heart and get it done. I’m hoping it will be the first of many 3-D cracker installations.

I used a gluten-free saltine cracker recipe that I found online eons ago (sorry, I don’t remember where) and I LOVE how they turned out. Of course they don’t taste quite the same as regular soup crackers, but I’d say they’re pretty darn close for being an ‘alternative’ snack bit.
I think you could probably do a straight swap for wheat flour and have great results too.

Sheepie How-To


Things you’ll need:

1. rolling pin
2. 2 cups of gluten-free flour mix (I used Pamela’s gluten-free baking & pancake mix)
3. 3/4 tsp. of baking powder
4. Sheepie templates (*see way below for instructions on how to get these)
5. salt, black pepper, & rosemary (optional)
6. pastry blender for ‘cutting’ in the shortening/butter
7. 1/3 cup of shortening or butter
8. sharp knife for cutting out sheep parts
9. measuring spoons
10. fork to poke the ‘saltine style’ holes in Sheepie’s side
11. 1/8″ thick basswood strips to help achieve thin & even dough
* not pictured: 1/6 cup of milk & 1/2 cup water
12. Patience. These guys take a while to cut out.


1. Preheat oven to 375F.
2 Mix flour, a pinch of the salt, & baking powder in a bowl.
3. Cut in shortening or butter with pastry blender until mixture has consistency of coarse meal.
4. Add liquid and stir to form a dough.
5. Roll into a very thin sheet, using the 1/8″ basswood strips on either side of your dough to help get uniformity. * It’s also not a bad idea, if you have
one, to use a Silpat silicone cooking mat to roll out on. It makes it much easier to get the delicate pieces off!
6. Place Sheepie templates on dough and use your sharp knife to trace the templates, cutting out the pieces.
7. Repeat this tedious but ultimately rewarding task until you have enough parts for how many sheep you want to make. !! Remember that each
sheep needs two legs! And it’s a good idea to make a few extra parts in case any warp or brake.
8. Place all the pieces, using a thin spatula, carefully onto an un-greased cookie sheet.
9. Prick the sheep body with your fork 4-5 times and sprinkle with remaining salt, pepper, & rosemary, if using.
10. Bake 6-7 minutes.
11. Remove from cookie sheet and let sit on a cooling rack until they are cool enough to handle.
12. Tab & slot the pieces together (illustration for this on template pdf sheet – read below) If a leg or ear piece is not sliding on easily, don’t force it
or they will break. Take your knife and gently shave the slots on both body & matching part a bit at a time until they fit.

That’s it! I made up a green ‘field’ soup using broccoli, onion, cauliflower, peas, & parsley, but any green soup will do!

* If you think you’d like to give the Sheepies a try, just DOWNLOAD THE PDF RIGHT HERE!

  1. And a big thanks to everyone else for your kind comments (tee hee to you Conn) and thanks to Grace for taking the time to upload the pdf template so that y’all can get crafty. I hope those of you who asked for it, but didn’t leave your email sees it to download! Have fun! – paige

  2. grace says:

    HI GUYS–


    GRACE :)

  3. RuTemple says:

    Love the idea, retweeted; thanks for the concept and the pdf pattern! I have a sheep cookie cutter, may have to get some copper and heavy-duty pliers out for the legs…

  4. Lia says:

    I’d love a copy of the template – laboyle (at) sjca (dot) edu . Thanks!

  5. gabrielle says:

    Thanks for the template! My 6 yo son is going to love this idea!

  6. baobabs says:

    These are too cute!! Thanks for sharing. We just feature that in our parents and kid’s section of our magazine!

  7. baobabs says:

    we *might just feature that

  8. Patricia Waters says:

    I loved these. My grandaughters will most willingly eat their green soup if you put one of these sheep in the bowl. I would love the template. We all live in Mexico City and would love to have it to make soup for all my grandchildren. What a fun thing to do.!! I admire people with imagination and creativity.

  9. renato silveira says:


  10. Michi says:

    Very cute!
    I’d love to make one too.

  11. Lindsay Baba says:

    I LOVE the sheepie!
    can’t wait to see more soup installations…soup making will never be the same.

  12. Quite possibly the cutest soup decor I’ve ever seen. Baa! Thank you for the pdf and step-by-steps. I posted a link on my edible crafts column, too. (

  13. itstheant says:

    HAHA! funny! Thanks for the share

  14. Jason says:

    It is so cute, :)
    Great idea.

  15. Rodrigo says:

    hi! i tried your recipe
    thank you so much for sharing! :D

  16. Kristi says:

    What a fun idea! the kids would love it!

  17. opium says:

    great! i want to make this !~
    thanks for you

  18. Sandi says:

    These are awesome. I have the last name Lamb. I have been looking for a fun idea for the Lamb Family Reunion and I think I just found it! Thanks!!

  19. Dave says:

    Nice one!

  20. 三日禅 says:

    so cute! I think I will be very happy if someone give me such a lovely gift.For I was born in the year of the Sheep.what a coincidence!

  21. Rosemary Chan says:

    I Loved!!!

  22. rita says:

    I’d like to try this in a children camp but can’t open the pdf link…

  23. Esra says:

    I wanted to try it for my son but I can’t open the pdf link :(

  24. marcy leonard says:

    I would like your pdf but can not access it. Is it still available?

  25. rougebaguette says:

    Love, love, love the sheep! But can’t open the pdf :(
    Could u make it available pls? Thanks!

  26. Tammy says:

    I would love your pdf of the sheep crackers. I want to make these for my daughters birthday which happens to fall on the same day as her 4-H sheep meeting. Is it still available please?

  27. Marel says:

    Would love to use your fabulous design pdf for the sheep crackers. Unable to open the link. We’re throwing a lamb-themed baby shower. Many thanks!

  28. Melissa says:

    would love a copy of the sheep PDF. My kids would be in Heaven if I made these crackers. Thanks.

  29. ebru says:

    I could not download the pdf. Is there a problem ?

  30. I made the sheep today! Here are some pictures , and also there is a link in the post with a pdf where I draw the sheep forms from the available pictures. Here is the link to the PDF :

  31. Thanks designed for sharing such a pleasant thought, piece of writing is pleasant, thats why i have
    read it completely


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