Homemade Graham Crackers

Homemade Graham Crackers

I think Mike’s family is starting to think I’m somewhat strange.  When I showed up at our family camping trip last weekend with homemade graham crackers (and homemade marshmallows…for s’mores!), I got a few sideways glances and a few “you can make those homemade?” comments. Once they tasted them, however, there was no room for complaint. These homemade crackers have a great graham cracker flavor, and I would say they taste better than their store-bought counterparts!

The graham crackers were fun to make and not too difficult. I baked mine a little too long and they ended up extra crunchy – not great for s’mores, but perfect for snacking on. I’ve eaten them plain, dipped in milk, spread with strawberry butter, and dipped in leftover buttercream frosting. Any way you eat these, they make a great snack and a fun camping addition.

Homemade Graham Crackers

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Homemade Graham Crackers

Yield: Makes approximately 48 2-inch squares

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons (375 grams) unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup (176 grams) dark brown sugar, lightly packed
1 teaspoon (6 grams) baking soda
3/4 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt (4 grams)
7 tablespoons (3 1/2 ounces or 100 grams) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes and frozen
1/3 cup (114 grams) mild-flavored honey, such as clover
5 tablespoons (77 grams) whole milk
2 tablespoons (27 grams) pure vanilla extract

Directions:

Combine the flour, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on low to incorporate. Add the butter and 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 mix on low until the dough barely comes together. It will be 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.

Lightly flour your workspace and roll the dough into a long rectangle about 1/8 inch thick. The dough will be sticky, so flour as necessary. Using a square cookie cutter (or any shape you want) cut out the crackers. Place on parchment-lined baking sheets. Chill until firm, about 30 to 45 minutes in the fridge or 15 to 20 minutes in the freezer. Repeat with with the scraps, chilling the dough if necessary before rolling out again.

Adjust the oven rack to the upper and lower positions and preheat the oven to 350°F. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until browned and slightly firm to the touch, rotating the sheets halfway through to ensure even baking. The crackers will harden as they cool, so be careful not to overbake.

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19 Responses to “Homemade Graham Crackers”

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    Sarah @ The Pajama Chef — August 25, 2011 @ 3:17 am

    oooh, sign me up! my husband's family, my family, my friends, etc. all think i'm a little strange too with some of my cooking habits. :) maybe this will be a fun little weekend project!

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    Baking Serendipity — August 25, 2011 @ 3:47 am

    I made homemade marshmallows a lot this summer and got that crazy look too. Clearly I need to try my hand at homemade graham crackers before s'mores are out of season :)

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    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum — August 25, 2011 @ 3:49 am

    MMM I just made a blueberry sauce today that I was saying would go perfectly with some homemade crackers! these would be perfect – yum!

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    SnoWhite — August 25, 2011 @ 1:36 pm

    I've been wanting to make graham crackers for ages now, but all the recipes I've seen use graham flour! I love that this one uses ingredients I have on hand all.the.time! Thanks, Megan :)

    And, I would have been delighted for homemade graham crackers & marshmallows for s'mores! No strange looks here!

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    A SPICY PERSPECTIVE — August 25, 2011 @ 1:43 pm

    Mmmm! I bet those taste so good slathered with Nutella.

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — August 25, 2011 @ 3:37 pm

    great idea!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — August 25, 2011 @ 3:44 pm

    I would be so excited if someone brought homemade graham crackers and marshmallows! Love it!

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    DessertForTwo — August 25, 2011 @ 4:55 pm

    I've been wanting to make homemade graham crackers! Thanks for the reminder :)

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    Maria — August 25, 2011 @ 8:33 pm

    Homemade grahams are the best!

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    thecookieboss — August 25, 2011 @ 11:31 pm

    Making homemade graham crackers is such a great idea! I'm going to make these the next time I make a pie or cheesecake!

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    Kate@Diethood — August 26, 2011 @ 2:10 pm

    LOL! I get the same reactions from friends and family when I make homemade crackers or candy bars. :)

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    Heather Christo — August 26, 2011 @ 2:43 pm

    Nice work megan! I love homemade graham crackers- not only to they taste so good- but aren't they just more special?!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — August 27, 2011 @ 12:39 am

    I have always wanted to make homemade graham crackers. They look awesome!

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    Jeanne — August 27, 2011 @ 7:40 pm

    Thank you for this recipe. I love graham crackers!

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    how much house can i afford — August 29, 2011 @ 7:02 pm

    i love your blog, i have it in my rss reader and always like new things coming up from it.

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — September 1, 2011 @ 2:50 pm

    Oh yum! I’ve really got to get around to making these fun items at home – everyone is making crackers of some sort. I’ve never done it!

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    Yuri — September 12, 2011 @ 12:52 am

    Beautiful! Cant wait to try these :)

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    Megan's Cookin' — November 2, 2011 @ 6:27 pm

    These have been on the must make list for a long time and I still have not made them. Your little crackers look perfect!

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    Crystal1644 — March 19, 2012 @ 1:08 pm

    I love this idea of homemade graham crackers because where I live they don’t sell them or don’t have them all… Egypt and imported products don’t mix lol

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