Graham Crackers

August 22, 2010

I never thought I’d be that person who makes graham crackers just so I can crush them up into crumbs. But that’s what I did today, so now I am officially “that person.” I didn’t need that many crumbs, so I thought well, I could have most of a box of store-bought grahams left over or I could have most of a batch of homemade grahams left over. Homemade won, of course.

It was a sweet victory. Crisp, delicious, with just a touch of cinnamon. I didn’t feel bad crushing some of them into crumbs; there were plenty left for munching.

The recipe is from Retro Desserts by Wayne Harley Brachman. I have the book, but you can find the recipe here on the Food Network site (it’s part of a S’Mores recipe; scroll down a little for the graham crackers). I bought the book years ago after seeing Brachman on Gale Gand’s TV show Sweet Dreams. It’s a fun book to read but I haven’t baked much from it. Now that I’ve pulled it off the shelf, I’ll have to stop reading and start baking!

Recipe notes

  • I made one change to the recipe. I have a bag of graham flour, and darn it, I was going to use that for my graham crackers! The recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour and 1/4 cup of rye flour; I substituted 1 3/4 cups graham flour.
  • I used a 2″ square cutter, but you can cut them into any shape you want using a cookie cutter or a knife.
  • I didn’t try it, but these might be good with some sugar or cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top before baking.


  1. I love home graham crackers. Although, I’ve never made them just to crumble them up!

  2. Sweet Dreams was one of the first cooking show I started watching-at least on the Food Network, that and Jacques Torres Chocolate (not counting WAYYYY back when–Julia Child, Graham Kerr–ok, that one my mom used to watch.
    I’ve made homemade graham crackers before–they’re really good. What did you make with the crushed up ones?

  3. I used to LOVE watching Wayne Harley guest star on Sweet Dreams-he used to be on Melting Pot, too. He did a show with Iron CHef Michael Symon. I remember printing out the recipe for something similar to homemade ho-ho’s. I always thought he looked a little like an elf-and therefore, it made his baking/cooking sort of magical to me. I always loved Gale Gand, too. I miss the old Food Network. 😦

    I love that you made your own graham crackers-they look so much better than anything you could ever get from the store! I bet those were some tasty crumbs!

  4. It’s a slippery slope, isn’t it? But when the homemade version looks this delicious, I say it’s worth it to make them! I love the idea of a retro desserts cookbook, how fun.

  5. LOL – what we do as bloggers! My excuse is that we don’t get them here – and they are amazingly tasty.

  6. I’ve resisted making my own graham crackers up till now, but that may change now that I’ve seen yours! I love how you cut them in squares, and of course you used graham flour!

  7. I think your graham crackers look just perfect! I love Wayne Harley; he seems like such a nice guy and has some fun recipes.

  8. I remember seeing that show. Wayne Harley Brackman was always such a great guest on that show. Your graham crackers look great. I’ve made them with a sugar and Sichuan pepper dusting on top and it was good, just a little heat and tingle from the Sichuan pepper.

  9. wow, that is IMPRESSIVE! those graham crackers look so good.

    i miss gale gand’s show. actually, i miss a lot of those old Food Network shows. can you believe i live in chicago and still have never gone to tru? sigh.

  10. I miss Sweet Dreams! That was such a great show – and Wayne was always such a hoot!

    Although I had that book I never made anything from it – which of course I’m kicking myself now for not keeping it.

    A double edged sword – much like making your own crackers to crush them up – but the Nanaimo Bars look fabulous!

  11. Haha, Jill. Just this week I’ve become “that person” who makes bread to crumble it up into bread pudding. So much better than store-bought bread.

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