Cinnamon Graham Cracker Cookie Bars Recipe
- Prep time: 10 min
- Cook time: 25 min
- Ready in: 35 min
- Yields: About 2 dozen 2-inch squares
Do you grab something to eat in the morning, or do you make your own breakfast?
One of the things that always makes getting ready in the morning and going to work so hectic isn’t just the waking up early, trying to rush and get out the door and then sit in morning rush hour traffic; it’s also trying to feed yourself something in the morning to get yourself going.
Many, many people go to Starbucks or MacDonald’s and get a cup of coffee and a bite to eat, because that is always the simplest, and the quickest, way of feeding yourself when you’re on the move.
However; I never much like the idea of that for two reasons: money and time.
First, if you are going to have coffee and breakfast at a coffee house or fast food restaurant, you are going to spend more money than you think (and not to mention the quality of the food you are shoving into your stomach). On average, (depending on where you go) a cup of coffee can cost you anywhere from 1 to 5 dollars. That is anywhere from 5 to 25 dollars a week (20 to 100 dollars a month) on coffee. You can make your own coffee for a fraction of that (and that’s high end, top quality coffee), and that is just on the coffee; what about the food?
Second, there is the issue of time. I always see a huge line at Starbucks in the morning. Some of them have drive-thrus for serving the coffee. I find it insane. How much time do you waste waiting to get your order taken and then more time waiting to get it?
There are better ways to feed yourself in the morning then rushing out the door, five minutes earlier, in hopes of getting to the coffee house before everyone else.
Now, having gone on that diatribe, let me say that if you want a less stressful morning you can always make yourself breakfast and coffee without extra time and money.
You can make coffee one of two ways: if you have a coffee machine with a timer, you can set it to brew a pot in the morning; either before you get up or while you are getting ready. That way you can get a fresh cup of coffee without the hefty price tag. Or, you can make a pot of coffee the night before, chill it in the fridge, and the microwave a cup in the morning (that coffee should last all week).
Then there is the food, which is what this article is really all about, you can make your own breakfast beforehand, which will make it easy to just grab and go.
These Cinnamon graham cracker cookie bars are simple to make and can save you a lot of time and money. Just make a batch of them on the weekend and cut them into squares or bars. That way you can just grab a couple in the morning with you coffee and you’ll be feed and on the road without that extra time money or stress.
8 ounces (1 cup) of cinnamon graham crackers
1 cup of all-purpose flour
½ cup of white sugar
½ cup of brown sugar
1 stick (1/2 cup / 4 ounces) of unsalted butter
1 (One) whole egg
½ teaspoon of salt
½ teaspoon of double acting baking powder
½ teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of milk
1 tablespoon of clover honey
1. In a food processor, or with a kitchen mallet, crush the 8 oz. of graham crackers. It should be pretty well crushed with no big chunks or pieces in it.
2. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degree F.
3. Sift together the salt, powder, soda and flour in a small mixing bowl using a whisk.
4. In a standing mixer, combine the unsalted butter, the brown sugar and white sugar and blend well.
5. Add the egg, milk, vanilla and the honey to the mixer and blend together.
6. Add the flour mixture, in three equal parts, to the batter.
7. Add the ground graham crackers and mix together.
8. Spray a 10 x 13 baking pan with butter flavored cooking spray.
9. Spread the batter into the pan.
10. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
11. Allow the pan to cool completely before cutting into squares.