Homemade Graham Crackers

April 18, 2016 By Cathy — 20 Comments
Homemade graham crackers with a touch of sweet honey and cinnamon are the perfect snack and so much better than the store-bought variety.

Homemade Graham Crackers

When I would walk home from school as a child, I had one thing on my mind…my afternoon snack. I would burst through the door, throw my bag down and head straight into the kitchen to invade the snack cabinet. My choice of snack was often some type of cracker or if I was feeling a little sneaky, a cookie or two. Even though our cracker selection wasn’t particularly exciting, I was always happy with a stack of saltines, handful of triscuits or even better, graham crackers.

Homemade Graham Crackers

I’m a sucker for graham crackers in any form: a buttery crust, stacked with gooey marshmallows and melted chocolate or simply on their own with a cold glass of milk. But once I started making graham crackers from scratch, it was like the skies opened up and the heavens shined down.

Okay, maybe not as dramatic as all that, but homemade graham crackers are crazy good. (And easy!) They are sweetened with honey, molasses and brown sugar, but not overly so. And the combination of whole wheat and all-purpose flours give the crackers a sturdiness and chew that the store-bought kind is lacking.

Homemade Graham Crackers

Graham cracker crumbles make an excellent topping too. This creamy blueberry fool I made earlier in the month was even better with a homemade graham cracker crushed over the top. Or how about trading in your usual granola for graham crumbles on your yogurt? It never hurts to mix up the morning routine.

The kid in me still loves a couple of graham crackers for my afternoon snack, but these days I usually pair it with coffee instead of milk. It’s just what I need for a little midday pick-me-up. My boys love them too and now it’s their turn to run through the door when they get home from school and make the mad dash for snacks. And like their mom, a few graham crackers is just what they’re looking for. And even better when they’re fresh out of the oven instead of the boring old box!

Homemade Graham Crackers

4.5 from 2 votes
Homemade Graham Crackers
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
Homemade graham crackers with a touch of sweet honey and cinnamon are the perfect snack and so much better than the store-bought variety.
Course: Snack/Dessert
Servings: 28 crackers
Author: Cathy Roma | whatshouldimakefor.com
Ingredients
  • 8 oz 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup light brown sugar packed
  • 2 Tbsp molasses
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 ¾ cups whole-wheat flour
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • *2 ½ inch square cookie cutter with or without fluted edges
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a sheet tray with parchment.
  2. Beat the butter with the sugar, molasses and honey until light and fluffy, about 2 mins.
  3. Add the cinnamon, salt and both flours and mix until just combined.
  4. Roll out the dough between two pieces of wax paper that have been lightly dusted with flour until ¼ inch thick.
  5. Using the square cookie cutter, cut out 28 graham crackers (rerolling the scraps as necessary) and place them on the lined sheet tray.
  6. Use a fork to prick three decorative lines on each cracker.
  7. Bake for 20 mins, or just until crackers begin to brown at the edges.
Homemade Graham Crackers

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Comments

20 responses to “Homemade Graham Crackers”

  1. I’m a sucker for graham crackers too Cathy! I wish I could grab one of these beauties right off the screen! I agree, they go perfectly with my coffee!

  2. OMG, I love graham crackers but I’ve never attempted to make my own! Why is that?! Obviously I need to fix that immediately! These look absolutely perfect, Cathy! I can’t wait to try these!! Pinned! Cheers!

  3. Amy says:

    Woah, these look amazing and what lovely photographs! I think these would be great to make as little gifts wrapped up with chocolate and marshmallows 🙂 Can’t wait to try the recipe out.

  4. Perfect timing, I’ve already started dreaming about s’mores this summer!! xo

  5. Graham crackers were such a treat…most of the time we’d have saltines with butter or PB&J, but when the graham crackers came out – it felt pret-ty special! I’ve never made them from scratch but I’m now very excited to try! Such pretty pictures!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks so much Annie! I definitely had my share of saltines too. Made graham crackers feel like cookies! And you must give these a whirl. Super easy and so good.

  6. Katie says:

    From beginning to end, it took me 2 hours to make these but MAN it was worth it! Rolling out the dough was really difficult and I ended up flouring my counter and using my fist to flatten it. That being said, it was well worth it! The whole family loved it!

    • Cathy says:

      yikes! I’m sorry it took you so long, but glad you enjoyed the results. I’m wondering if the additional flour used for rolling stiffened your dough? If there are ay tips I can offer please let me know!

  7. Crystal says:

    Can this recipe be made omitting the cinnamon? I am allergic, and I love graham crackers, but there is only 1 brand that makes them completely without. I would love to make my own.

    • Cathy says:

      sure, it’s not necessary to the texture or baking, simply to the flavor. let me know how it goes!

  8. Lynn says:

    This is a really great recipe. I made a batch for s’mores last weekend and everyone ditched the marshmallows and chocolate and ate the crackers alone. I received rave reviews. Thanks so much!

    • Cathy says:

      Lynn!!! This made my day! These crackers have just the right amount of salt to make them seriously addictive. I’m so glad they were a hit.

  9. Denise says:

    Hi Katie –

    Thank you so much for posting your “all-in” time. I always go over the posted time for recipes even when I start the timer after all ingredients are measured and ready to go. I’m not a neophyte in the kitchen so I don’t get it. No matter, this recipe looks fabulous so I’m going to give it a shot in the next couple of days (and time myself).

    Can’t wait!

    • Cathy says:

      Can’t wait to hear how long they took you to make. I try to post as accurate prep and cooking times as possible for every recipe, but it will differ slightly for everyone based on ability and climate. Hope you enjoy the grahams!

  10. Sarah says:

    How long will these keep? I would love to make and keep for using in other recipes. And for taking camping all summer without having to bake fresh each time.

    • Cathy says:

      They’ll keep for several days, but if you store them in plastic bags or tightly sealed containers they will lose their crispness and soften. Still good, just soft. I usually wrap them lightly in foil to preserve crispness…they still last for several days. Enjoy!

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