Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Graham Crackers

I have made home made graham crackers a few times, but this recipe seems to be my favorite. They are slightly sweet, crunchy and just plain delicious. I mad them a little thicker this time because it was hard to roll them in my hot kitchen. I also made them circles for fun.

I must admit having them slightly chewy and circle made my little man love them. He devoured these. They make a great on the go snack. They are also great for feeding ducks and turtles we discovered at play group.

I promise these are not too hard. They take no special ingredients. And they are a great snack. Give them a try if you just love it home made like me.

Graham Crackers :

adapted from here

1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons white flour
1 cup graham or just plain whole wheat flour
1 cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed
1 t baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
7 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes and frozen
1/3 cup honey, such as clover
5 tablespoons milk, I used rice one time, but like it either way
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
Topping (optional)3 tablespoons granulated sugar1 teaspoonground cinnamon

Make the dough: Combine the flour, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade or in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Pulse or mix on low to incorporate. Add the butter and pulse on and off on and off, or mix on low, until the mixture is the consistency of a coarse meal.
In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, milk, and vanilla extract. Add to the flour mixture and pulse on and off a few times or mix on low until the dough barely comes together. It will be very soft and sticky. Lay out a large piece of plastic wrap and dust it lightly with flour, then turn the dough out onto it and pat it into a rectangle about 1-inch thick. Wrap it, then chill it until firm, about 2 hours or overnight. Meanwhile, prepare the topping, if using, by combining the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and setting aside.
Roll out the crackers:
Divide the dough in half and return one half to the refrigerator. Sift an even layer of flour onto the work surface and roll the dough into a long rectangle about 1/8 inch thick. The dough will be sticky, so flour as necessary. Trim the edges of the rectangle to 4 inches wide. Working with the shorter side of the rectangle parallel to the work surface, cut the strip every 4 1/2 inches to make 4 crackers.
Place the crackers on one or two parchment-lined baking sheets and sprinkle with the topping. Chill until firm, about 30 to 45 minutes in the fridge or 15 to 20 minutes in the freezer. Repeat with the second batch of dough. Finally, gather any scraps together into a ball, chill until firm, and re-roll.
Adjust the oven rack to the upper and lower positions and preheat the oven to 350°F.
Decorate the crackers: Mark a vertical line down the middle of each cracker, being careful not to cut through the dough. Using a toothpick or skewer, prick the dough to form two dotted rows about 1/2 inch for each side of the dividing line.Bake for 15 to 25 minutes, until browned and slightly firm to the tough, rotating the sheets halfway through to ensure even baking.


  1. Hey Tammy-
    I think your blog is such a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing. Baking and cooking are some of my most favorite things to do- I just wish I had my own kitchen to do it in... oh well, the time will come:) Hope you guys are doing well. We'll see you next Saturday! I can't wait for sushi.

  2. Thanks Mindi. You guys need to come over and hang out with us soon. plus we need to set up our switching schedule now that my life is back to seminormal.

  3. Mmm I do love homemade graham crackers.