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Graham Crackers

These easy homemade graham crackers are delicious, and a fun way to swap out the store-bought variety. They’re delicious as is, or perfect for s’mores!

A pile of homemade graham crackers on a marble countertop

These graham crackers are named after the flour, not my husband, Graham 😉.

I make these homemade graham crackers on season 2, episode 12 of Zoë Bakes on Magnolia Network, but the recipe has recently been updated after testing multiple batches for my brand new cookie book, Zoë Bakes Cookies, which is available for pre-order now!

Looking for recipes that use graham crackers? Try some of these:

Why Are They Called Graham Crackers?

Graham flour is a whole-wheat flour that’s more coarsely ground than regular whole-wheat flour. It is what these childhood favorites were originally made with and gives them their classic flavor and texture. It’s no longer so easy to find, but these are just as memory-provoking when made with regular whole-wheat flour.

Zoe Francois rolling out graham cracker dough on parchment.

Graham Cracker Ingredients

Don’t worry about hunting down graham flour. I used two flours to give these wonderful texture:

  • Regular whole wheat flour works just as well.
  • I add a bit of cake flour for a more tender and cookie-like texture.
Zoe Francois holds a homemade s'more with homemade graham crackers and marshmallows.

S’mores Recipe: Homemade Graham Crackers with Melted Chocolate

You can certainly use store-bought crackers, but when I’m hosting I love to take the s’mores spread up a notch and make these and homemade marshmallows myself. They’re incredibly easy, believe it or not!

I like to paint the graham crackers with melted bittersweet chocolate so you get a bite of chocolate on both sides of your s’more and the bittersweet chocolate pairs so perfectly with the homemade mallows. I hope you’ll try these yourself!

If you like this recipe be sure to check out my hot chocolate kits, which are perfect paired with homemade marshmallows. My pumpkin-pear-cranberry hot dish is another great fall dessert, which I also make in this episode!

Elevate Your Flavor with Homemade Vanilla (Video Tutorial)

Want to get the most out of these homemade graham crackers? Watch my video on how to make homemade vanilla extract to give these crackers, and all your homemade treats an extra boost of flavor. It’s an easy way to elevate your home baking!

Homemade graham crackers on a marble countertop

Homemade Graham Crackers

These graham crackers are named after the flour, not my husband, whose name is also Graham. Graham flour is a whole-wheat flour that’s more coarsely ground than regular whole-wheat flour. It is what these childhood favorites were originally made with and gives them their classic flavor and texture.
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Servings: 48 2-inch graham crackers


  • 1 3/4 cups / 240g whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup / 55g cake flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon optional
  • 1/2 cup / 100g lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup / 110g unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup / 170g honey
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup / 60ml water


  • In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together the whole-wheat and cake flours, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon (if using) on low speed. Add the brown sugar, butter, honey, vanilla, and water and mix on medium-low speed until just evenly combined and no flour remains.
  • Divide the dough into two equal pieces. Form each into a rectangle 1/2 inch / 1.3cm thick and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate the dough for at least 1 hour or freeze for up to 1 month.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F / 175°C.
  • On a lightly floured silicone mat or piece of parch- ment paper, roll each piece of the chilled dough into a 10 by 13-inch / 25 by 33cm rectangle, about 1⁄8 inch / 3mm thick. Transfer the mat or parchment paper onto a baking sheet.
  • Dock the dough with a fork all over to prevent it from puffing too much. Use a pastry or pizza wheel to score the dough all the way through, cutting the crackers to whatever size you like, so when they are baked and cooled, they easily break into neat graham crackers. Bake for about 18 minutes, or until the crackers are golden brown and dry. The baking time very much depends on how thick you roll the dough, so check them a bit early. If the dough is not entirely even, some of the thinner crackers will bake faster and will need to be removed. You can continue baking the rest until they are all golden brown.
  • Allow to cool completely on the baking sheet. Then break apart and store wrapped in an airtight container in a dry, cool place. If the crackers lose their snap, you can reheat them in a 350°F / 175°C oven for about 5 minutes.
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8 thoughts to “Graham Crackers”

  1. Is there a place in Minneapolis where you can get fresh ground flour? How much of a difference would it make in baking, compared to, say, King Arthur flour?

    1. Hi Liz, you can get freshly milled flour at Baker’s Field Flour & Bread. They also sell at some local shops. Freshly milled flour tastes incredible and is beautiful to work with, but all flour bakes differently because each different kind has a different protein content. Zoë tests all the recipes in her books with Gold Medal Flour, which has a different protein content than King Arthur. Depending on the protein content of your flour you may need to slightly adjust recipes for the best outcome. I hope this helps!

      1. 5 stars
        I live in Northeast rural GA. I enjoy ordering fresh stone milled flour from Carolina Ground. They mill the flour after you order and ship 2 day priority. The shipping makes it pricey but the product is very good.
        I like this recipe for Grahams and personalize it with flax, Scottish oats and various. This time I tripled the recipe to take advantage my 6Qt mixer bowl and the option to freeze dough until needed.

  2. 5 stars
    I love the show and how you bake! I find it very easy to follow you and the directions! I will now try more baking! Especially bread! Thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    My first time trying the recipe and it turned out great! Will sprinkle with cinnamon sugar or glaze with honey next time if eating for a snack. Using this batch for a smores parfait so it will turn into crust.

  4. 5 stars
    Single guy here. Love to watch your show. And after each episode, I say “I can do that”. I never do, but this one?, most definetly. I love graham crackers, especially with peanut butter.


  5. 5 stars
    I’ve made the graham crackers twice now and they are delicious! They turned out a bit thick on my first try, so I rolled my second batch out a bit thinner and they were perfect. I did purchase graham flour and think it’s worth it. I brushed the Graham crackers with melted chocolate and then made the marshmallows…which are outstanding! I had some girlfriends over for a brunch, and we ended our day outside roasting our marshmallows! It was a great day!

    1. This sounds so lovely! Thank you for letting us know how the recipe went for you. We always appreciate reviews!

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