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How to Make Whole Wheat Honey-Cinnamon Graham Crackers

Updated on July 31, 2014

A Yummy Snack

Cinnamon graham crackers have always been one of our favorite snacks since we were both kids. With a glass of milk or a little peanut butter, they have just the right amount of crunch and sweetness that continues to satisfy us as adults. And surprisingly, they are simple to make at home.

In 30 minutes you can make your own 100% whole wheat graham crackers using honey instead of refined sugar and coconut oil instead of butter. Slightly sweet and crunchy, a perfect snack!
In 30 minutes you can make your own 100% whole wheat graham crackers using honey instead of refined sugar and coconut oil instead of butter. Slightly sweet and crunchy, a perfect snack! | Source

Kids Can Help!

You can cut your Graham Crackers into any shape! After rolling out the dough, use cookie cutters and place the cookies on your cookie sheet as you would sugar cookies. These make fantastic animal cookies!

What is a Graham Cracker?

Graham Crackers were invented in the early 1800s by a minister in the United States by the name of Sylvester Graham. According to King Arthur Flour's website, Mr. Graham used graham flour, "arguing that to separate the bran from the rest of the wheat berry was against the will of God." These Graham Crackers were supposed to be a healthy food, similar to an unsweetened wafer rather than the sweet cookie they are today. This recipe, however, may be more similar to the original in that it is 100% whole wheat and does not have refined sugar (unless you sprinkle some on top). What would Mr. Graham say to that?


Fresh Out of the Oven

Homemade Honey-Cinnamon Whole Wheat Graham Crackers are perfect with a glass of milk.
Homemade Honey-Cinnamon Whole Wheat Graham Crackers are perfect with a glass of milk. | Source

Does Homemade Taste the Same As Store-Bought?

We have to be honest, homemade Graham Crackers are not quite as crunchy as the store-bought kind, even if they are just as sturdy. However, you can experiment with different oils, rolling the dough a little more thinly, and extending your cooking time to achieve your desired crunch preference. Additionally, this recipe is a little "healthier" than others. Most recipes mix wheat and all purpose flours, which might improve the crunch level as well. We just prefer to use whole wheat whenever possible. Most recipes also use a combination of sugars (white, brown and honey), but we prefer to use honey whenever we can as our sweetener of choice. But, these homemade Graham Crackers are easy to make and perfect when you just need something that's a little sweet that won't cause remorse afterward. The best way: warm out of the oven with a glass of milk.

How to Make Graham Crackers: Step-By-Step

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1. Gather the ingredients you'll need: Whole wheat flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, coconut oil, egg, honey, and milk.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  2. Mix the dry ingredients together in one bowl (flour, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon).  3. In another bowl, lightly beat the egg, then add in the wet ingredients (oil, egg, honey, milk).  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.  Mix together until a dough starts to form.  If the dough is too stiff, add a tiny amount of mlk.  5. Using your hands, gently knead the dough in the same bowl until all the ingredients are combined.  This will just take a minute.    6. If you are not going to make the crackers right away, you can keep the dough in the fridge until you are ready to roll it out.  However, if you are ready then you do not need to do this step.  Use a rolling pin to roll out half the dough.  Repeat7. Use a knife to cut your desired shape into the dough.  Then prick the dough with a fork.  8. Spread a little extra milk over the tops of the crackers with a brush.  Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on the top, if desired (1/4 tsp cinnamon with 3/4 tsp sugar).  Bake at 375 degrees for 15-25 minutes.  9.Let the crackers cool completely.  They will be slightly crisp on the outside and soft on the inside.  If you prefer yours crispier, leave them in the oven for 5-10 minutes after they are baked with the oven turned off.  Remove and let cool.  Enjoy
1. Gather the ingredients you'll need: Whole wheat flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, coconut oil, egg, honey, and milk.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
1. Gather the ingredients you'll need: Whole wheat flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, coconut oil, egg, honey, and milk. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. | Source
2. Mix the dry ingredients together in one bowl (flour, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon).
2. Mix the dry ingredients together in one bowl (flour, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon). | Source
3. In another bowl, lightly beat the egg, then add in the wet ingredients (oil, egg, honey, milk).
3. In another bowl, lightly beat the egg, then add in the wet ingredients (oil, egg, honey, milk). | Source
4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.  Mix together until a dough starts to form.  If the dough is too stiff, add a tiny amount of mlk.
4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix together until a dough starts to form. If the dough is too stiff, add a tiny amount of mlk. | Source
5. Using your hands, gently knead the dough in the same bowl until all the ingredients are combined.  This will just take a minute.
5. Using your hands, gently knead the dough in the same bowl until all the ingredients are combined. This will just take a minute. | Source
6. If you are not going to make the crackers right away, you can keep the dough in the fridge until you are ready to roll it out.  However, if you are ready then you do not need to do this step.  Use a rolling pin to roll out half the dough.  Repeat
6. If you are not going to make the crackers right away, you can keep the dough in the fridge until you are ready to roll it out. However, if you are ready then you do not need to do this step. Use a rolling pin to roll out half the dough. Repeat | Source
7. Use a knife to cut your desired shape into the dough.  Then prick the dough with a fork.
7. Use a knife to cut your desired shape into the dough. Then prick the dough with a fork. | Source
8. Spread a little extra milk over the tops of the crackers with a brush.  Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on the top, if desired (1/4 tsp cinnamon with 3/4 tsp sugar).  Bake at 375 degrees for 15-25 minutes.
8. Spread a little extra milk over the tops of the crackers with a brush. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on the top, if desired (1/4 tsp cinnamon with 3/4 tsp sugar). Bake at 375 degrees for 15-25 minutes. | Source
9.Let the crackers cool completely.  They will be slightly crisp on the outside and soft on the inside.  If you prefer yours crispier, leave them in the oven for 5-10 minutes after they are baked with the oven turned off.  Remove and let cool.  Enjoy
9.Let the crackers cool completely. They will be slightly crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. If you prefer yours crispier, leave them in the oven for 5-10 minutes after they are baked with the oven turned off. Remove and let cool. Enjoy | Source

Round Crackers

Press a cherry-sized amount of dough with a glass to create round crackers.
Press a cherry-sized amount of dough with a glass to create round crackers.

How Do I Form Graham Crackers?

There are a variety of options when it comes to forming and shaping your crackers, depending on your preferences and time. Kids enjoy the cut out and round cookie methods, while the fastest is making rectangle sheets. It's up to you!

  • Rectangle Sheets: We have found the easiest way is simply to roll the dough directly on the pan and cut them into rectangles on the pan leaving them together until they are done baking. This is similar to the method we use when we make thin wheat crackers.
  • Cut-Outs: Roll dough on counter and cut out crackers with cookie cutters, then place on greased cookie sheet or silpat.
  • Round Crackers: Take a small cherry-sized ball of dough and press flat with the base of a glass. Gently peel off and place on greased cookie sheet or silpat.
  • Pre-Cut Squares: Roll the dough on the counter and cut into squares. Then transfer the squares to the greased cookie sheet or silpat.

Rectangle Sheets of Crackers

You can shape your Graham Crackers however you prefer!
You can shape your Graham Crackers however you prefer! | Source
The graham cracker dough is rolled out onto a pizza stone.  No need to roll on counter or use nonstick spray.  Easy!
The graham cracker dough is rolled out onto a pizza stone. No need to roll on counter or use nonstick spray. Easy!

What Kind of Pan Should I Use?

As with the way in which you form your dough, there are also many options as to which pan you can use to make Graham Crackers. It depends on your preference and what you have.

Option 1: Pizza Stone

We stopped using cookie sheets years ago and instead prefer to use pizza stones.

  • Pros: The stones do not need to be greased! They are naturally non-stick as they form a "seasoning" over time. You can roll the dough directly on the pan and cut it as a sheet of crackers. Easy!
  • Cons: The priciest option initially, but a good stone should last indefinitely. Might take a few extra minutes to cook as the stone takes longer to heat up. For us, it works to use two stones, put one on each shelf for 8 minutes then rotate and bake 9 more minutes.

Option 2: Cookie Sheets with Silpat

Some of our family members love using Silpat, a non-stick silicone mat that is safe to use in the oven.

  • Pros: The cookie sheet does not need to be greased nor does the Silpats. You can roll the dough directly on the Silpat and then place the entire mate on the cookie sheet.
  • Cons: If you don't have them, it would be an additional expense.

Option 3: Jelly Roll Pan

This is a great alternative if you have one! A Jelly Roll pan is larger than a typical cookie sheet and is traditionally used to make a sheet cake.

  • Pros: Jelly Roll pans are larger than cookie sheets, so you should be able to roll all the dough onto one pan.
  • Cons: There are short edges on the sides. To remedy this, flip the pan over so the edges are face down. Since the pan is not non-stick, spray it with a little nonstick spray.

Honey-Cinnamon Whole Wheat Graham Crackers

Keep these yummy Graham Crackers in a resealable baggie or container.  They also store well in the freezer.  Pull them out the next time you make s'mores!
Keep these yummy Graham Crackers in a resealable baggie or container. They also store well in the freezer. Pull them out the next time you make s'mores!
5 stars from 1 rating of Whole Wheat Honey-Cinnamon Graham Crackers

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 20-24 Large Graham Crackers

Metric Conversions

  • 260 g whole wheat flour
  • 2.5 g salt
  • 5.5 g cinnamon
  • 3.75 g baking powder
  • 127 g honey
  • 1 egg
  • 59 ml or 2 fl oz coconut oil
  • 29 ml or 1 fl oz milk (+ a little extra)
  • Optional: 4 g cinnamon-sugar

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, or canola oil
  • 2 Tablespoons (+ a little extra) milk
  • Optional: 1-2 teaspoons cinnamon sugar, to sprinkle on top

Helpful Tools:

  • 2 bowls
  • Wooden spoon
  • Rolling pin
  • Fork
  • Brush
  • Choose your pan: pizza stones, silpat on cookie sheets, or a large jelly roll pan

  1. PREPARE: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare two cookie sheets or a large jelly roll pan by flipping the pan over so the sides are face down. Then spray with a little nonstick spray (skip if using a pizza stone or silpat pad).
  2. DRY: Mix dry ingredients together in one bowl (flour, salt, cinnamon, baking powder).
  3. WET: In another bowl, lightly beat egg. Add the remaining liquid ingredients (honey, coconut oil, milk) and mix together.
  4. TOGETHER: Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix together until a dough starts to form. Using your hands, knead the dough in the bowl until all the ingredients are incorporated.
  5. FORM: Divide the dough in half. Place on silpat pad, flat side of the prepared cookie sheet/jelly roll pan, or pizza stone. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough as thin as you can (the thinner, the crunchier your crackers will be). Repeat with remaining dough. Optional: Form dough into small balls, press flat with the bottom of a glass to make graham cracker cookies. Or, use cookie cutters.
  6. SHAPE: Using a knife, cut through the dough into your desire shape (rectangles or squares are typically used). Prick the tops with a fork. Brush with a little milk. Sprinkle with a little cinnamon sugar (you can make some by mixing 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon with 3/4 teaspoon sugar).
  7. BAKE: Bake at 375 degrees for 15-25 minutes. If both pans do not fit on the same shelf, rotate half way through (we like to do 8 minutes, rotate, 9 more minutes). Remove from oven, let cool on pans. Store in airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 2 large crackers (1/24th each)
Calories 144
Calories from Fat45
% Daily Value *
Fat 5 g8%
Carbohydrates 21 g7%
Sugar 8 g
Protein 3 g6%
Sodium 144 mg6%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Tip: What To Do With Leftover Graham Crackers?

Save any of your leftover graham crackers for a pie crust later! Simply place your broken crackers in a food processor. After they are finely chopped, pour them in a resealable container or baggie and keep them in the freezer until the next time you need graham cracker crumbs. Then, follow the video above for directions on how to make your own crust. This would be perfect to use as the crust for German Chocolate Cream Pie.

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Looking For More Whole Wheat Recipes?

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  • Thin Wheat Crackers: This simple cracker recipe uses five ingredients, starring wheat germ (dairy, sugar, and yeast-free). Delicious and crispy, these healthy crackers are enjoyed by both children and adults.
  • Whole Wheat & Olive Oil Tortillas: Making wholesome tortillas at home requires just 4 kitchen staples: whole wheat flour, olive oil, salt, and water. Taking about 30 minutes, they taste amazing fresh off the skillet.


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      Preston and Kate 2 years ago from the Midwest

      Looks like a great recipe with ingredients that we almost always have on hand. Pinned for future reference! I'll let you know if we try these this week. :)

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      thefedorows 2 years ago from the Midwest

      @vespawoolf, I am honored to know you read one of our hubs! Yours are always so well done. Thank you for reading and leaving a comment!

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      vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

      I want to try these. We love graham crackers with peanut butter but can't buy them in Peru. I appreciate all the details you've explained and your honesty about the level of crunchiness. Thanks!

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      thefedorows 3 years ago from the Midwest

      @peachpurple, isn't it fun to try making things that we typically buy pre-made? These are delicious, but not quite as crunchy as the store-bought kind. I hope you like them!

      @Ann Hinds, I admire your efforts to remove all GMO products. Way to go! I hope you like it. Please let us know the modifications you make!

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      Ann Hinds 3 years ago from So Cal

      In our house we are working towards removing all GMO products. This is a very simple recipe to modify so it gets pinned so I can try it later this week. The step by step directions are helpful. Thanks

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i thought graham crackers are only store bought. now i can bake them

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      thefedorows 3 years ago from the Midwest

      @carrie Lee Night, I appreciate your enthusiasm!

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      Kept private 3 years ago from Northeast United States

      Sounds Yummy ! :) I'll be right over when you bake your next batch. Great hub :)

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      thefedorows 3 years ago from the Midwest

      @adonia, thank you!

      @BlondLogic, I would miss them too! Along with peanut butter. I hope they work out well for you. They are not quite the same as the store-bought ones (less crunchy), but still quite yummy.

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      Mary Wickison 3 years ago from Brazil

      Excellent. Graham Crackers is one of the things I miss from the US. I will definitely be making these.

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      adonia 3 years ago

      Very nice hub.....