Monday, August 15, 2011

Graham Crackers

Every once in a while I see a post for homemade graham crackers, and I think to myself "why bother?".  I was reminded again this weekend, that if it's made from scratch it's usually a million times better than out of a box, and these little babies are no exception.

They're more like a honey shortbread cookie rather than a cracker, and mmm boy are they good.  I made them for a s'mores recipe and my kids and husband were all over them.  They're quick to make, crispy, buttery, with a warm taste of honey.  I don't think I'll ever buy graham crackers again.

Homemade Graham Crackers
from Sunset Magazine

3/4 cup butter, at room temperature
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon honey
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt

Beat butter, sugars, and honey in a large bowl with a mixer until smooth. In another bowl, mix dry ingredients. Add to butter mixture and beat until blended.

Divide dough in half and roll each half between 2 sheets of parchment paper into an even 10- by 12-in. rectangle. Slide each set onto a baking sheet and freeze until firm, about 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 300°.

Pull off top parchment. Cut dough on pans into 2 1/2- by 4-in. rectangles. Bake until deep golden brown, 13 to 18 minutes; swap pans halfway through. Cut crackers again on lines.

 Let crackers cool on pans 2 to 3 minutes. Separate pieces and transfer to cooling racks.
Make ahead: Up to 1 week, airtight; or freeze up to 2 months.

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