Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Graham Crackers

Do you love graham crackers?  Or do you love things containing graham crackers?  Like cheesecake? S'mores? etc...?  Well, here's a pretty easy recipe that will get you singing baking in the kitchen even in this heat!  :)  Enjoy!!!! 
Graham Crackers:
1c.  Whole Wheat Flour
1c.  All Purpose Flour
1/4c.  Granulated Sugar
1/4c.  Brown Sugar, packed
1/2 t.  Baking Soda
1/2 t.  Baking Powder
1/4 t.  Salt
4 T. Butter, cubed
1 T. Vanilla
1/2 c.  Milk (Skim, or any!)
optional:  Sugar or Cinnamon Sugar for dusting tops of crackers

1.  Mix flours, sugars, baking soda, baking powder and salt together until well combined.
2.  Using a pastry blender or fork, cut in the cubes of butter until it is somewhat combined.
3.  Add vanilla and milk and mix with a sturdy spoon until combined.  (You can also use your {clean} hands at this point because it's a stiff dough.:)
4.  Divide dough in half.  Set one half on a floured surface and put the other one in the fridge for now.
 5.  Roll out the dough to your desired thickness (or about 1/8").
 6.  Cut out your desired shapes/sizes of graham crackers. You can go with large rectangles, squares, sticks or funky cookie cutter shapes.  I just used a pizza cutter to make the cutting super quick and easy!  :)
 7.  Place the roller/cut out crackers on a piece of parchment or lined baking sheet.  Dust with some sugar (if desired) and poke holes if desired.  I forgot to get a pic of my poking the holes... You can use a fork or something like a kabob stick--like I did.  :)
8.  Repeat steps 5-7 for other half of dough.
9.  Bake in a 350degree oven for 10-20 minutes depending on thickness of your crackers.  Check them at 10 minutes (or before if you want) and then go from there.  You want them crisp but not burned or limp.
I made some of mine into sticks for this key lime cheeseball dip we have!  Yummy!  :)

I also did some the more traditional way...mostly so we can make s'mores on them! :)

Yum!  Possibilities are endless!
  Have fun!!!!

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