Homemade Graham Crackers

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Are you in need of a fun and easy project to do with your little ones for these last lousy days of winter (unless you live in some terrible place that snows until May; if you are, I am sorry)?  Then you have come to the right place today!!!  Right after Fox was born we went to the library and I checked out Make the Bread, Buy the Butter: a terrifically fun read by Jennifer Reese.  It is an interesting, insightful and remarkably comprehensive read about things you should make at home vs. things you should buy at the store, based on taste, hassle and cost.  Certain things are just worth buying, while others require only a small amount of hassle for a far superior product.
I kept bookmarking recipes as I went along, interested to try some of her variations (I did try out the yogurt recipe, and had moderate success; it was super runny, but it tasted pretty good), and one of the recipes that struck my fancy was for homemade graham crackers.  I don't typically eat graham crackers much, but I do think they taste pretty good (especially the chocolate kind dipped in milk), and I was curious what they would taste like out of my oven.  They were delicious.  So delicious, in fact, that I have made them 3 or 4 times since.  And for the most recent batch, I decided to cut them out into fun shapes!  Such a fun, inside activity, and oh-so terribly delicious!  They are a great treat for the cold, wet days that we have been experiencing lately.  Perfect with kids, and great for adults.  It's a nice cookie that isn't too sweet.




Honey Graham Crackers:
from Make the Bread, Buy the Butter
(a few of the measurements are a little weird because I halved it.  This recipe makes about 25 cookies)

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/8 cup whole-wheat flour (I have also used all-purpose here with good results)
1/8 cup wheat germ
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp cinnamon
8 Tbs butter (or 1 stick), softened
1/8 cup brown sugar
1/8 cup white sugar
1/8 cup honey

In medium mixing bowl add flours, wheat germ, salt baking soda and cinnamon and whisk to combine.  In a stand mixer or another medium sized bowl, add butter, sugars and honey and combine until fluffy.  Slowly add 1/2 of the flour mixture into the sugar/butter mixture and combine.  Once they are decently mixed, add the second 1/2 of the flour mixture and mix until a soft lump of dough is formed.  Refrigerate dough in plastic wrap for 30 minutes.  Preheat the oven to 350°.  Divide dough into two sections.  Roll out the first section of dough on a lightly floured surface until it is about 1/8" thick.  Cut dough into rectangles, circles or other objects with cookie cutters or a knife and place on a silicone mat or parchment paper lined cookie sheet. If you would like you can sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on the cookies for an extra festive touch! Cook in a preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until the edges begin to brown.  Do not over bake!  Enjoy and try not to eat the whole pan...!  Happy Baking!

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    1. Such a good one! And so interesting! It has been one of my very favorites this year!

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  2. My 4 year old and I are going to make these tomorrow. I am really enjoying the recipes you have been posting. I like how they usually have relatively few ingredients and taste absolutely amazing.

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    1. I really hope you two enjoy them! They are a favorite around here! Thank you so much for your lovely comments about my recipes! I really try to do simple, delicious things! Hopefully I will be able to continue to give you lots of tasty recipes to try out!

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  3. I remember Janssen talking about that book too! These look so good and fun! Must try. Maybe today since school was cancelled. Please let winter end.

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    1. Do it! They are so good! I was curious how they would be, but they are just sweet enough, and incredibly addictive. I know what you mean about winter ending, and we don't even live in a super cold place, but it has been cold, and rainy almost every day since the middle of December. I am really ready for pool weather!

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  4. These look delish! I definitely want to try making these as my two littles love graham crackers! Thanks for the recipe!

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    1. Ruth,
      They taste somewhat different than store-bought, but I think they are much better. I would love to hear how they turn out!
      Landen

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