Recipe: Homemade Honey Graham Crackers

by Tammy Taylor~

I recently invited my folks to dinner at our house.  I made cute little individual apple pies baked in canning jars for dessert for them.  But I had 1/2 jar of apple pie filling left and I needed to make sure it got used. Ya know, when that apple pie filling jar starts with the picking of the actual apples, you don’t want to waste any of it!

I decided to use it up making a simple dessert for RancherMan & me.  I’d heat up that apple pie filling, put it on a bed of graham crackers and top it with graham cracker crumbs & whipped cream. Kinda like a quick No-Bake Apple Pie Dessert.  But I didn’t have any graham crackers. So I sat out to find (and of course not follow, lol) a recipe using standard pantry ingredients.

I needed graham crackers for a recipe so I made them myself. I even made them extra honey-flavored! Easy, Inexpensive & Delicious. #TaylorMadeHomestead

Although in past years my time was spent chasing a corporate career and raising children, I’m afforded more time now since we’re empty nesters living & working right here at the ranch.  Life it still super-duper busy #dontgetmewrong. But money is tight & we now have more time than money.  So I often opt for making things from scratch that I used to buy.  These graham crackers only use standard pantry ingredients – no special purchases here!

I needed graham crackers for a recipe so I made them myself. I even made them extra honey-flavored! Easy, Inexpensive & Delicious. #TaylorMadeHomestead

Helpful Hints

I think the key is in rolling them thin enough.  Too thick & they’ll be like thin graham cookies without any crunch.  But too thin & they’ll be like thin crispy crackers.

I used a piece of parchment paper laid on my baking pan and a bread bag cut open for an easier non-stick way to roll out the soft sticky dough.  The best texture was accomplished when I used 1/4 of the chilled dough at a time to roll into about 5″x15″ rectangles for baking.

Homemade Graham Crackers For The WIN!

But it was successful & my dessert was delicious!

I needed graham crackers for a recipe so I made them myself. I even made them extra honey-flavored! Easy, Inexpensive & Delicious. #TaylorMadeHomestead

Plus we have lots of homemade graham crackers left for snacking.  Yep, RancherMan has a sweet tooth so this is a big plus.  And there’s no trash like there would be if I had bought the graham crackers with the box and all the little packages which is good for my environmental bend.

Plus the cost is cheap, cheap, cheap! Oh, and who doesn’t love the taste of homemade??  All of this is reason these were a success.

What I Did Differently

I don’t use margarine & was out of butter so I subbed butter-flavored shortening that I always have available in the pantry.  Although the shortening worked fine I’ll probably use butter next time.  Plus I really wanted it to be more honey flavored so I replaced the brown sugar with more honey.  Perfect!  Oh and I added cinnamon & sugar into the dough, although it was such a small portion there wasn’t much cinnamon flavor in the baked crackers.  But RancherMan said it was perfect & not to change a thing.

I’ll share my recipe both as it was found on allrecipes.com as well as how I actually changed the recipe to suite our tastes & pantry supplies.  Here’s what I did:

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Honey Graham Crackers


Author Taylor-Made Homestead

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup margarine (I used butter-flavored Crisco instead)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar (I used more honey instead)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk

I added:

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar

Instructions

Directions

  1. Sift together the whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder and baking soda, cinnamon & sugar; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the margarine (or shortening) brown sugar if using and honey until combined. Add milk & vanilla & mix to combine. Stir in the sifted ingredients & mix to combine. Cover dough and refrigerate overnight. (or toss in freezer for an hour)

  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F Divide the chilled dough into quarters. On a cook tray lined with parchment paper, roll the dough out one quarter at a time into a 5x15 inch rectangle. Divide into individual crackers using a knife or pizza cutter. Prick each cracker with a fork to allow steam to escape. For a sweeter cracker, sprinkle with additional cinnamon sugar mixture before baking.
  4. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove from baking sheets to cool on wire racks.
  5. NOTE: These graham crackers are very lightly sweet. If you like them sweeter you can add sweetness by sprinkling additional cinnamon/sugar onto tops of crackers before baking.

~TMH~

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11 thoughts on “Recipe: Homemade Honey Graham Crackers

  1. suz

    love the sound of this recipe – thank you. big snow storm coming tomorrow, and i might try it then. i’ll be doing some freezer cooking anyway, if we don’t lose power. –suz in ohio

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  2. Nancy

    I use butter for all my baking and have for years. If a recipe calls for oil, I just melt it, and I have never had any complaints. I will definitely try this one, though.

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      I typically prefer butter instead of margarine, although I’ll use oil (or substitute applesauce sometimes) from time to time as well. You know me, Nancy – I don’t think I’m genetically able to follow a recipe exactly! LOL ~TMH~

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  3. Taryn Vanburg

    Tammy, I love it when you share your recipes. We seem to have the same tastes in desserts and definitely the same goal to make our own with what we already have. So as soon as I saw the email for these graham crackers, I dropped everything to read it. But bless you, I not only got a recipe, I latched on to your tip of using a bread bag under the parchment paper. Last week I made gingerbread cookies for my youngest. We hate the taste of the extra flour used to roll and cut the dough, so I though I’d try rolling it on parchment paper. Worked great except for the sliding-all-over-the-place problem. Well, you just solved that for me, big time. Thank you! Looking forward to trying the recipe, Taryn

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      What a sweet comment to read this morning, Taryn! Thank you! We love these graham crackers too, especially since we added extra honey to the recipe. I mean, what’s a honey graham without copious amounts of honey?? LOL. I’m thinking of easier ways to press ’em consistently flat though. Since I was just making corn tortillas the other day, I’m wondering about rolling the graham cracker dough into a small ball and using the tortilla press to press them consistently? Hummmmm… I’ll let ya know what I find out when I get a chance to test it. In the meantime – carry on! ~TMH~

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  4. Laurel

    dear Tammy, I just absolutely love the way you present your every day in your blog. You said you don’t use margarine, but shortening. There is some research done from another blogger (“weed em & reap”) on the ill effects on shortening. I have to say, that I do have shortening in my house and NOT margarine, but right now as I am switching over to sometimes more expensive alternatives, I have to just be careful as to how much baking I am doing using the shortening. My husband’s Grandmother made the awesome sugar cookies –which he loves –and cannot be duplicated with anything else but shortening. With that said, I would encourage you to look into it, if you choose, and see for yourself if you can find the alternative. You always say, “use whatcha got!” and I would love to see what you find works without using shortening. Are you up for the challenge?

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      Awwww – Thanks Laurel for your sweet, thoughtful comment! When I said, “I don’t use margarine & was out of butter so I subbed butter-flavored shortening” I meant that I’d use butter if that’s what I had, but I was out of butter at the time. I don’t fault those who use shortening or margarine – to each their own! But my preference is almost always butter. I haven’t purchased margarine in probably 10 years but I do use shortening from time-to-time in a few of my recipes. I guess for me it’s all about moderation. But as I mentioned in this piece, ” Although the shortening worked fine I’ll probably use butter next time.” I prefer butter because it’s more natural than the more processed options. Thank you so much for being a beloved reader here Laurel, and for sharing your thoughts! ~TMH~

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      1. Laurel

        Agreed on the use of butter. I guess what I was saying in my head (no, you do not know this,not being a mind reader and all) is that when I use butter, I can not seem to get the ratio of flour to make it so the whatever recipe is to NOT be greasy. Does your use of butter in your recipes have this problem. Sorry, I did not give you the whole thought behind the comment … in no way did I intend to gloss over your statements in how you would create the recipe next time.

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        1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

          LOL – I hear ya, Laurel and of course no offense taken at your previous comment. But ya know, I guess I’ve never noticed a texture/grease problem when using butter. If I find a recipe I want to try and it calls for margarine, I always use the same measure of butter – but I’ve never noticed anything negative about the outcome. Although, as I said, there are a few recipes where I prefer to use butter-flavored shortening instead such as my pie crust & chicken & dumplings. I’ve tried butter, just prefer shortening on those two recipes. I’ll be mindful to watch for the greasy / flour ratio thing you mentioned… ~TMH~

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