Homemade Graham Crackers

by Tokyo Terrace on May 10, 2011

My dad is the kind of person who likes to have a little bed time snack. Usually what happens is this: just before the ten o’clock news comes on, he’ll get up and leave the room. Meanwhile, we hear the rustling of a cardboard box and plastic bag opening. Then the sound of a lid being unscrewed. Next, the refrigerator door opens, liquid is poured into a glass, and the door is shut. Shortly afterward, dad will walk back into the room where we sit in front of the television with two peanut butter covered graham crackers and a big glass of milk. (He varies this sometimes, having toast instead of the graham crackers.)

Since I’ve been home with my parents, I’ve been thinking about making homemade graham crackers. I was curious about how easy (or difficult) it would be and how much they would taste like the ones my dad enjoys. Plus, I like knowing what’s in my food…

I tried two different recipes- Martha Stewart’s and Smitten Kitchen’s. As far as flavor is concerned, both were verrrrry tasty. Martha’s recipe uses wheat germ, which adds a nice texture. However, I found the dough to be difficult to work with because it was slightly dry. SK’s recipe was simpler to follow and the texture of the dough was very easy to work with. Not too dry, not too wet. Perfect. The only adaptation I made was adding some Vietnamese cinnamon to the dry ingredients.

*Tip: When you roll out your crackers and cut them into your desired shape, save the scraps! You can bake them off and use them for cheesecake crust or other recipes using graham cracker crumbs.

The true test here was whether or not my dad liked them. I’ll be honest and say that they don’t taste like the boxed variety that you buy from the grocery store shelves. They have a more vibrant flavor and a cookie-like texture that make them, as my dad said, “addicting”.

So, they passed the ultimate Dad Test! I highly recommend trying one or both of these recipes to see which you prefer.

Now that I have all of these graham crackers, I’m wondering what I can do with them. What would you suggest? Aside from the usual s’mores or cheesecake crust (already doing that!).  I’d love to hear your suggestions!

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  • http://twitter.com/pigtailedchef Catherine

    These look great! Can’t wait to make them!

  • http://www.freshnewengland.blogspot.com El

    Thank you for making these. I’ve been wanting a cinnamon recipe for some time so I’m bookmarking now. I have to admit, I got a bit choked up when I read your account of your dad. You pretty much recreated what I remember from my own father, except it was ice cream! (gee, I wonder where we get it from?) The cookies are beautiful too- great photos.

  • Luke Langholz

    When I was a kid my Mom would sometimes spread a powdered sugar frosting between grahams to surprise me in my cold lunch. Not particularly original, but you can add that to smores, cheesecake, and peanut butter. Would Nutella be tasty on graham crackers?

  • http://quarterlifecrisiscuisine.blogspot.com Bee

    Wow, I would never think you could make a graham cracker at home–it just seems like a processed food that can only be made on machines. I assume these are much much better though :)

  • http://www.brokenrecord.ca/foodblog camille

    I can tell you from experience that Nutella RULES on graham crackers.

  • http://bigger-in-japan.blogspot.com/ Biggie

    what to do with them? Well… I happen to know someone in Tokyo who wouldn’t mind to receive a batch or two in his mailbox? ;-)

  • http://www.tokyoterrace.com/2011/05/goat-cheese-cheesecake-with-cherry-coulis-homemade-graham-cracker-crust/ Goat Cheese Cheesecake with Cherry Coulis & Homemade Graham Cracker Crust — Tokyo Terrace :: An American Foodie in Tokyo

    [...] isn’t over-powering, but instead lends a touch of sophistication. The crust, made with the graham crackers from my previous post (remember my tip?) adds the perfect amount of buttery crunch. The cherry coulis is an elegant [...]

  • http://twitter.com/tanadelconiglio La Tana del Coniglio

     I have found your blog thanks foodgawker and I can say that I love it ;) )))) Great recipes and lovely pictures!! I’ll surely come back as soon as possible to visit you again :) )) Have a nice day, Erika from Italy

  • Anonymous

    I think one of the best things about fathers is the quirky habits they have. It seems all the dads I’ve met (or have heard stories about) have something that they do every day. Perhaps for a sense of normalcy. I love it :)

  • Anonymous

    That’s so cute! I always loved it when my mom would throw something special in my lunch to surprise me. It made my day.

  • Anonymous

    They are definitely different than the usual boxed graham crackers! Buttery and crispy deliciousness…

  • Anonymous

    Haha- I’ll see what I can do ;)

  • Anonymous

    Oh, I’m so glad you like it! Thank you for your kind words and I hope you’ll stop by again soon!

  • Marie Stewart

    I’ve only tried smitten kitchen, but my whole family loved them so much I will probably never switch. 

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