Homemade Graham Crackers

graham Homemade Graham Crackers

Graham crackers are a childhood snack staple. Kids love them and parents feel good about indulging because they are healthy and seem like a more sensible option than let’s say, an Oreo cookie. On the surface, store bought graham crackers may seem healthy and a great snack to feed you little ones but upon closer inspection of the ingredients list, they can be quite junky and full of sugar.

Commercially made graham crackers typically contain partially hydrogenated oil and high-fructose corn syrup. They tend to be lower in calories and fat than a lot of other store bought options but when feeding my little oens, especially my 1 year old, I try to stay away from these ingredients whenever possible. It’s just not necessary for my tiny baby to be consuming these chemicals and sweeteners and I’s just rather make a healthier version at home than give him something that’s not good for him.

Truth be told, making your own graham crackers at home is super easy and fun. You can make them using graham flour which can be found in most natural food stores or you can do what i did in the recipe and use a combination of whole wheat and white flour. These graham crackers are sweet but not too sweet and have a nice crunch thanks to the addition of super healthy wheat germ. Yes, my version does have sugar (only 1/3 cup) but they are WAY healthier than the store bought grahams and a much better alternative to the average junky cookie or donut. The best thing is, I can pronounce every ingredient in the recipe.

My three year old loves picking out different cookie cutters and helping me cut out shapes. It’s a fun project for a rainy day and a great recipe to have on-hand when it’s your turn for snack duty at school.

 

Honey Grahams

Makes: 20 (2-inch cookies)

 

Ingredients:

1 cup white flour

¾ cup wheat flour

½ cup wheat germ (un-toasted)

1/3 cup dark brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

1 1/4 sticks unsalted butter, cold

2 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon ice water

 

Preparation:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Adjust your oven racks to the upper and lower positions. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or a Silpat liner and set aside.

2.In the bowl of a food processor, combine flours, wheat germ, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Pulse the mixture until all ingredients are combined. Add in the butter and honey while continuing to pulse until mixture resembles a coarse meal. Continue to pulse while pouring the ice water through the feed tube at the top of the processor and continue to pulse until the dough barely comes together. Do not over process. Shape dough into a flat disk, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 10 minutes.

3. Place the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Roll out the dough into a rectangle, about 1/8-inch thick using a floured rolling pin. Using any type of cookie cutter you like, cut out shapes. Place crackers onto prepared baking sheets and bake for 15 minutes or until lightly golden around the edges but not dark brown, rotating the baking sheets halfway through cooking to ensure even browning.

Note: Baking times will vary depending on the size of the cookie cutter you use. A standard 2-inch cracker should bake up in about 12-15 minutes.

VARIATION:

Cinnamon Sugar Grahams- Combine 2 tablespoons granulated sugar with 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Sprinkle cookies with mixture before baking.

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Homemade Graham Crackers
 
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Recipe type: snack
Ingredients
  • 1 cup white flour
  • ¾ cup wheat flour
  • ½ cup wheat germ (un-toasted)
  • ⅓ cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1¼ sticks unsalted butter, cold
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon ice water
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Adjust your oven racks to the upper and lower positions. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or a Silpat liner and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor, combine flours, wheat germ, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Pulse the mixture until all ingredients are combined. Add in the butter and honey while continuing to pulse until mixture resembles a coarse meal. Continue to pulse while pouring the ice water through the feed tube at the top of the processor and continue to pulse until the dough barely comes together. Do not over process. Shape dough into a flat disk, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  3. Place the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Roll out the dough into a rectangle, about ⅛-inch thick using a floured rolling pin. Using any type of cookie cutter you like, cut out shapes. Place crackers onto prepared baking sheets and bake for 15 minutes or until lightly golden around the edges but not dark brown, rotating the baking sheets halfway through cooking to ensure even browning.
Notes
*Cinnamon Sugar Grahams- Combine 2 tablespoons granulated sugar with 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Sprinkle cookies with mixture before baking. * Baking times will vary depending on the size of the cookie cutter you use. A standard 2-inch cracker should bake up in about 12-15 minutes.

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