Monday, April 23, 2012

Homemade Graham Crackers

These are so very delicious. Very simple and easy to make. The only issue I had was that we couldn't make them fast enough for everyone to enjoy.

Makes about 18 4x4 inch crackers

2 1/2 cups all purpose, un-bleached flour, plus more for dusting
1 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
7 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into cubes then chilled in the freezer
1/3 cup honey
5 tablespoons whole milk
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract

1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Make the Dough:
Combine the flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix on low to incorporate. Add the butter and mix on low until the mixture resembles coarse meal. 

In a small bowl whisk together the honey, milk and vanilla. And to the flour mixture and mix on low until the dough starts to come together. It might look crumbly and soft at this point so work it with your hands and form into a ball. Let sit in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to firm. Meanwhile prepare the topping by mixing together the cinnamon and sugar. 

Divide the dough in half and roll out unto a lightly floured surface into a long rectangle, about an 1/8" thick. Flour as necessary to keep from sticking. Trim the edges to make the rectangle 8 inches wide and 12 inches long. Thus make a 3x2 of 4x4 inch cookies. This will give you the traditional graham cracker shape. 

 Make a vertical line down the middle of each cracker being very careful not to cut through the dough. Using a toothpick or skewer, prick the dough to form two dotted rows in each half, 10 total. 

Transfer to a lightly greased or parchment lined cookie sheet. Sprinkle lightly with the cinnamon/sugar mixture. 

Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Rotating halfway through and checking on them erring on the earlier side as not to burn the crackers. You will want them to be slightly firm to the touch.


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