Homemade Graham Crackers

Homemade Graham Crackers from Bebe a la Mode via www.thirtyhandmadedays.com

I don’t know about you, but boxed graham crackers just don’t taste like they used to. They are not as flaky as I remember as a kid and, quite frankly, bland. I started on a quest to make the best s’mores for summer and realized that the graham cracker needed to be perfected. What I found is that graham crackers are extremely easy to make and use ingredients that you probably already have on hand! Let’s get started!

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Here’s what you’ll need: 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, 1/3 cup honey (not shown), 1/4 cup milk and 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract. Optional ingredients: 3 Tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon.

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In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment combine flour, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt. Mix on low to incorporate.

Add cold, cubed butter and mix on low until the mixture is the consistency of a coarse meal.

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In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, milk, and vanilla extract. Add to the flour mixture and mix on low until the dough comes together. It should look like this:

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Divide in half and wrap in plastic. Chill until firm, about 2 hours in the fridge or 20 minutes in the freezer.

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Once chilled, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and roll each dough sheet into a long rectangle about 15″x10″ and 1/8″ thick.  TIP: roll out onto a Silpat or parchment paper so that transferring to the baking sheet will be easier. Using a knife or fluted pastry wheel, cut the dough rectangle into four columns and three rows. Using a fork or toothpick, poke holes into crackers.

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Repeat with the second batch of dough. The crackers may not all be the same size, however if you want a more consistent and uniform look use a square scalloped cookie cutter.

OPTIONAL: in a small bowl, combine 3 Tablespoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Sprinkle on top before baking.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, until slightly browned. Allow to cool for 10 minutes.

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Package them up to give to a neighbor or friend

Homemade Graham Crackers

or make the ultimate s’more!

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I hope you’ll give them a try. You won’t be disappointed!

Homemade Graham Crackers

Adapted from Nancy Silverton's Pastries from the La Brea Bakery Cookbook

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 c. (1 stick) butter
  • 1/3 c. honey
  • 1/4 c. milk
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • Optional ingredients:
  • 3 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

Instructions

  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment combine flour, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt. Mix on low to incorporate.
  • Add cold, cubed 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 comes together.
  • Divide in half and wrap in plastic. Chill until firm, about 2 hours in the fridge or 20 minutes in the freezer.
  • Once chilled, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and roll each dough sheet into a long rectangle about 15"x10" and 1/8" thick.
  • TIP: roll out onto a Silpat or parchment paper so that transferring to the baking sheet will be easier.
  • Using a knife or fluted pastry wheel, cut the dough rectangle into four columns and three rows.
  • Poke holes into crackers using a fork or toothpick.
  • Repeat with the second batch of dough.
  • The crackers may not all be the same size, however if you want a more consistent and uniform look use a square scalloped cookie cutter.
  • OPTIONAL: in a small bowl, combine 3 Tablespoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Sprinkle on top before baking.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, until slightly browned. Allow to cool for 10 minutes.
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Brittany blogs at bebe a la mode designs where she shares recipes, crafts, DIY projects and everyday life. She is wife to her college sweetheart and mama to three young munchkins. Cooking and baking is her passion and she enjoys creating simple, flavorful and family-friendly recipes.
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Comments

  1. Emily says

    These look fantastic and super easy! How long do you think they’d keep once made? I definitely want to try them :)

  2. says

    These are looking absolutely wonderful, and I’d loooooooove to try making them my self. thank you for sharing!!

  3. says

    I came over from Ruthie’s.

    I am pinning these. I love graham crackers and they are good to have on hand when you are in need of a pie crust. Crackers you buy are convenient, but have a shelf-life of nuclear waste. What ingredient do they use to make them last that long?

  4. says

    I haven’t thought about graham crackers for a long time, but now I am seriously craving one! Great post. Found you through Sumo’s Market Yourself Monday Hop.

  5. says

    Wow! I never knew they were so easy to make! I plan on trying these very soon. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Blessings,
    Nici

  6. Becca says

    My roommate loves graham crackers! Thanks so much for the posting! I will be making them for her soon! Seriously, she eats them every single day! I can hardly wait!

    Thanks!
    Becca

  7. sandra gest says

    Never knew you could make these homemade. Now when a recipe calls for graham crackers and I don’t have any, instead of skipping the recipe I can whip up my own. I am sure they are a lot better than store bought. May never buy store bought again. Can’t wait to try!!!!

  8. says

    Hello
    Thank you for this. I visited Atlanta in 1996 and was introduced to s’mores by my friend. I have searched for Graham crackers over here to no avail. Just made my first batch and I am about to introduce my husband and kids to a very tasty treat :) x

  9. Amy says

    These are awesome! I’ve been making my own marshmallows for a while now, decided it was time to do my own graham crackers. Perfection!

  10. Rachel Clayson says

    My three year old son just helped me make these, they were awesome! I ended up having to half the recipe because I ran out of flour, next time I will definitely make sure I have enough flour to make a full batch! Tasted great and easy to make! Thank you for the recipe!

  11. Carly Clem says

    Can’t wait to try these out with all-purpose gluten-free flour! Thanks for posting. :)

  12. JessD says

    I made the 2 batches of these, the 1st batch came out almost like cookies. Fluffy but with the taste of a graham cracker. the 2nd batch i rolled a little flatter and they are a bit fluffy in the center but the out side “crackers” were more cracker like. I’m determined to make these work :-) both batches tasted great

  13. Joanna says

    We won’t eat enough to go through a whole batch in a couple of days. Does the dough freeze well? How long is it good for in the fridge/freezer? Thanks!