Homemade Graham Cracker Recipe

Graham crackers are one of life's little treats that you quite honestly may take for granted. Anytime you want a bite of these all-time favorite "crackers" — which are really more like cookies that are simply perfect when paired with peanut butter, Nutella, fresh fruit or, of course, melted chocolate and roasted marshmallows — you can simply head out to the store and grab a box. But, making them yourself from scratch? That may seem a little intimidating. However, there's really no need to fret.

Don't worry, because you can make homemade graham crackers, and you absolutely should. "[They're] not commonly made at home, but they taste better than store-bought," says recipe developer Maren Epstein of Eating Works. She adds, "These are pretty easy. The only hard part is rolling them very flat. If they aren't rolled thin enough they will bake up more like a cookie than a cracker. But, they'll still be tasty." 

So, even if things don't go perfectly, the end result is still a treat and one you can enjoy on its own or all dressed up with the aforementioned ingredients (or whatever else suits your fancy). One delicious idea — especially if your homemade graham crackers come out a bit thicker — is to enjoy these treats with your tea or coffee. It's a great combination of flavors.

Gather your ingredients for homemade graham crackers

One of the best things about making your own graham crackers from scratch is the fact that you probably already have everything the recipe calls for in your kitchen. For this recipe, you'll need whole wheat all-purpose flour, white unbleached flour, baking soda, cinnamon, fine grain sea salt, an egg (beaten), vanilla extract, butter (softened), honey, and almond milk.

On subsequent batches, feel free to experiment. "You can have fun with the flavoring here," says Epstein, adding, "Nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice would be an interesting additive." Or maybe even a hint of cayenne for some heat, eh?

Mix the dry ingredients, then the wet ingredients, then combine into graham cracker dough

In a medium bowl or using the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, combine the whole wheat and the white flour, the baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk until all of the dry ingredients are well combined. In a separate bowl, combine the egg, vanilla extract, butter, honey, and almond milk and stir those all well.

Next, pour the wet ingredients into the dry, and mix them together with a spatula until a dough forms. It will be pretty dense and heavy feeling, and that's just fine.

Flatten the graham cracker dough, then chill it and flatten it more

Turn out the dough onto a large piece of plastic wrap, then fold the plastic wrap over the dough and press on it until the dough is smooth and begins to flatten. Next, using a rolling pin, press the dough into a rough square, and then refrigerate it for at least 1 hour. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit when the chilling is almost done.

Next, place the dough on a piece of parchment paper or a greased cookie sheet. Use the rolling pin to roll the dough out further, making it as thin as possible. Then, use a cookie cutter to score the dough into squares and use a fork to make indentations in the middle of the squares.

Bake the graham crackers, then enjoy

Bake the graham crackers at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 to 12 minutes. They are done when they get golden brown around the edges, and note that the thinner you manage to roll out the dough, the faster it will cook.

Let the baked graham crackers cool on the sheet for a bit, then break them apart into individual squares. Then, you can start enjoying them, and Epstein says, "These crackers keep very well for 10 days, just store them in an airtight container in a cool dry place so that they don't get stale." That, or use a vacuum sealer to save them for even longer.

Homemade Graham Cracker Recipe
5 from 25 ratings
These homemade graham crackers pair perfectly with peanut butter, Nutella, fresh fruit, or melted chocolate and roasted marshmallows.
Prep Time
1.25
hours
Cook Time
12
minutes
Servings
16
Servings
graham crackers on a platter
Total time: 1.45 hours
Ingredients
  • 1 ¼ cups whole wheat all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup white unbleached flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 7 tablespoons butter, softened
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon fine grain sea salt
Directions
  1. In a medium bowl or stand mixer bowl, combine the whole wheat and the white flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt, and whisk until combined.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the egg, vanilla extract, butter, honey, and almond milk, and then stir.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix with a spatula until a dough forms.
  4. Turn out the dough onto a large piece of plastic wrap, fold the plastic wrap over the dough, and press it together until the dough is smooth.
  5. Using a rolling pin, press the dough into a square and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  6. Place the dough on a piece of parchment paper or a greased cookie sheet, then, use the rolling pin to roll out the dough and make it as thin as possible.
  7. Use a cookie cutter to score the dough into squares and use a fork to score the dough in the middle of the squares.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 to 12 minutes, noting that they are done when golden brown around the edges.
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 128
Total Fat 5.5 g
Saturated Fat 3.3 g
Trans Fat 0.2 g
Cholesterol 23.4 mg
Total Carbohydrates 18.0 g
Dietary Fiber 0.5 g
Total Sugars 5.9 g
Sodium 85.1 mg
Protein 2.0 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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