Recipe Review

This Recipe for Homemade Graham Crackers Is So Good, You’ll Never Go Back to Store-Bought Again

published Jan 27, 2022
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Graham crackers were a favorite childhood treat for many of us, and they’ve beautifully adapted into something we still enjoy in adulthood. Whether enjoying them with fruit or cheese as an afternoon snack when working from home, or using them as a crucial ingredient in a cheesecake’s crust, they always satisfy.

Graham crackers, however, are more than just a cookie, and Martha Stewart’s homemade variation is a reminder of just what a simple pleasure this treat can be. Their possibilities feel endless. From using them as a crumb base for a parfait or pie to using them as the foundation of s’mores and ice cream sandwiches, graham crackers are as versatile as a cookie can get, but also pretty delicious enjoyed on their own.

“I make these every summer out in Maine,” shared Martha in the video, saying that they use the graham crackers to make s’mores by a roaring fire outdoors while telling ghost stories.

Martha starts by whisking together both graham flour and all-purpose flours, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. According to Martha’s video, you never want to use all graham flour because that could result in a cookie that is pretty dry. She then mixes her wet ingredients, which includes butter, brown sugar, and honey. These ingredients are mixed until creamy and fluffy before adding an egg to blend and combining with the flour mixture.  

That simple process results in the dough, which then will be rolled between two sheets of parchment paper until the desired thickness is achieved. You are making cookies, so you don’t want to go too thick or too thin with these. Martha suggests aiming for a 1/8- to 1/4-inch thickness. When you are done, the dough will rest on a baking sheet and chill in the fridge until firm. That should be about a half-hour.

Next, you’ll form your cookies. Take your fluted pastry wheel and cut the dough into squares before using a fork to make the infamous dotted lines that graham crackers are known for. These dotted holes, according to Martha, aren’t just decorative but help the cookies to release steam while baking. That way they won’t bubble!

You’ll then put them back on a baking sheet and freeze until firm for another 30 minutes. The graham crackers will then go into a 350°F oven and bake until golden brown, which should take 12 to 14 minutes. Now, all that is left is to enjoy them with a cold glass of milk or a frothy hot cocoa!

Get Martha’s entire recipe for homemade graham crackers here and watch the video below.