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Chocolate Graham Crackers

Chocolate Graham Crackers from weelicious.com

Lately it's been quite rainy where I live. In southern California terms a lot of rain means once or twice a month at most, so whenever the skies here turn grey I rejoice. These are the days when our family hunkers down by the fireplace to play board games, read piles of books and, of course, make s'mores. Hubby and I have done this with Kenya and Chloe a few times in the past couple of months alone and now, whenever the kids see so much as a drop of water falling from the sky they're pulling out the now not-so-hidden bag of marshmallows from the pantry. I always keep the other ingredients -- graham crackers and Nutella (by the way, if you've never tried this chocolate hazelnut spread to make s'mores in place of a bar of chocolate, the time to start is now) -- close by.

So there we were last month, sitting by the fire, gently toasting our marshmallows when Chloe said, "I wish I had a chocolate graham cracker". You can't feel too bad for a 3 year-old fantasizing about a chocolate graham cracker while she's got a mouth full of s'mores, but her idea really got me thinking. The next day I went straight to the kitchen and came up with Chloe's dream cookie. It's mainly a graham cracker but packs a bang of chocolate in each bite making them unbelievably delicious and the ultimate kid treat!

Photo by Maren Caruso

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Chocolate Graham Crackers (makes 14 dozen - 28 servings)

Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 15 mins

nut free

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 cup butter, chilled & cubed
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup Water

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. In a food processor or mixer combine the first 7 ingredients.
3. Add butter to the mix and pulse/mix until it resembles coarse meal.
4. Add honey and water and continue to mix until it all combines.
5. Remove and shape the dough into a flat disk and place between two pieces of parchment paper.
6. Roll dough out until it is 1/4 inch thick. Cut into crackers or shapes with cookie cutters.*
7. Place cookies on a Silpat or parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
8. Cool and serve.

* To Freeze: After step 6, place cut-out cookie shapes on a baking sheet and freeze for 20 minutes. Remove, place in a Ziploc bag, label and freeze for up to 4 months. When ready to bake, follow steps 7-8, adding an additional 1-2 minutes baking time.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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43 comments

  • Sharon

    Excited to try this one - thanks!

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  • Brandy

    thank you! I have been waiting for this recipe since I saw it on facebook.

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  • Tonia

    Been patiently waiting for this recipe. Going to make them tonight :)))

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  • Jen

    Toddler-approved! My two-year old gobbled these up! Thank you for your fun and easy recipes!

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  • Lindz

    Love this recipe! Is there a way to use agave or honey instead of brown sugar? If so, how much?

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  • Rachel

    1/4 in seemed to thick for my regular graham crackers. We are loving them none the less and will definitely be trying this one in the relatively near future!

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  • Stella

    Catherine,
    you always have the sweetest little cookie cutters- where do you procure them? I love these little flowers.

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    • Stella

      Oops! :) Found them in the weelicious amazon store

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    • Krissy

      Stella, If there are any outlet centers with cooking type stores near you, I would suggest looking there too! I have found some of the cutest coookie cutters, and little pie plates....and custard cups...and oh boy I could go nuts in those stores. LOL but its worth a look if you have one near you!!

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  • Angie

    Thank you for so many great recipes. I have tried so many and all of them have been wonderful. Thank you for helping my family eat better.

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  • Jillian

    Can you sub the wheat and all purpose flour with boxed gluten free flour?

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    • Catherine

      Yes you can! The texture may be different with the gluten-free flour, though.

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  • Sara

    Can you use all wheat flour? (instead of one cup white, one cup wheat)?

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    • Catherine

      You can use all whole wheat flour, but it will change the consistency of the graham crackers!

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  • Beckie W

    What will happen if you use light brown sugar or even turbinado as sub for the dark brown sugar? Will it alter the cracker much?
    Thanks in advance!

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    • Catherine

      Light brown sugar will work just as well as dark (just a slightly different flavor)! Turbinado sugar might be too dry to use in these, but it is worth a shot!

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  • Cocovolleyball

    How about using graham flour instead of the ones you used?

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    • Catherine

      If you can find it Graham Flour would be great in these!

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  • Aimee

    These look so yummy! I am making them tomorrow! BUT, do you know how long they will last? Do you have to store them in the fridge? Thanks!

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    • Catherine

      I store them in an airtight container on the counter and they last about a week and a half!

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  • Louise

    This is a great recipe! So rich and tasty.
    I made them and everyone enjoyed them!

    http://louiseandthestyleworld.blogspot.gr/2012/07/daring-bakers-july-2012.html

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  • Mira

    question....if I wanted to replace any of the flour with either coconut flour or almond meal, do you think I would get the same dough consistency? Do you have any rules of thumb to follow for flour substitution? Thank you!!!

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  • Ashley

    Great recipe! I made these for my kiddos, ages 3 and 8 months, but found that I can't stop eating them! Haha they turned out a little too tasty... If that's possible ;) o I also added about a tablespoon molasses because all I had was light brown sugar, Which kept the rich flavor

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  • Rachael

    My son is 9 months old. Should I substitute the honey for something else since you are not supposed to give honey until after age 1? Wonder if applesause would work...

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  • Meredith

    Mine are in the oven right now - I needed a dab more water it seemed and had to make the dark brown sugar since they don't have that at stores in Austria and they smell delish. Love your website and all of your lovely and healthy ideas!

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  • Susie

    I am going to try these, but I'm going to try replacing the butter with shortening. We are getting rid of the dairy for our son. Has anyone else tried replacing the butter? If so, any comments or recommendations? I'll report back once i have made them.

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    • Catherine

      You can swap shortening for butter at a 1:1 ratio!

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    • Elizabeth

      We have dairy allergies in our house and I have found that Earth's Balance Buttery Spread works amazing as a butter substitute. Most people can't even tell!

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  • Elaine U

    Made these for the first time yesterday. Simple recipe but too sweet. Next time I'll be cutting back on the amount of brown sugar.

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  • Melissa French

    I have linked to this post here: Frugal Road Trip with Kids – Food and Snacks http://www.morewithlessmom.com/index.php/2013/06/03/frugal-road-trip-with-kids-food-and-snacks/

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  • Mary

    Just made these with my 3yr old and she had fun! I will have to wok on the thickness, first batch was super thick and the last to thin. Wilson has a great set of 12 small fall/halloween cookie cutters out that is perfect for the season. I got it from micheals for 7.00 CND. Witches hats, tombstones etc. Just waiting for them to cool and then they are ready for snack time. Thanks for the recipie!

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  • Zeena

    Hi Catherine,
    Is it possible to use honey or maple syrup in these instead of brown sugar? Is yes, what would be the measurements? Thank you in advance oh and love you recipes and videos they are so great!

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  • Theresa Two Much Fun

    Catherine these WERE fantastic! Chocolatey, delicious and not too sweet. My 3 1/2 year olds and I made them together. It is a perfect kids-in-the-kitchen recipe. Easy to follow, a simple list of ingredients and quick to put together. Thank you so much.- again.

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  • Olga

    Many thanks for the great recipe. With dutch-processed cocoa it made a good Halloween cookie house: http://s019.radikal.ru/i615/1311/78/a82a8c9e2bec.jpg

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  • Kate

    Darling shapes! Will begin searching for that cutter :)

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  • Andrea

    Hi Catherine, I've made your other graham cracker recipe and they were a hit so I wanted to try these out. I used raw honey, but noticed the dough was really crumbly. I've never used a solid form of honey before so Im not sure if I need to melt it before I use it to bake with like I would coconut oil?

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  • Nicole

    I made these last night to put in my children's lunch boxes! They turned out great! Mine were a happy marriage between a graham cracker and a rich chocolate cookie! I think my children will be happy when they find these today:) Thank you for sharing.

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  • Kris Snyder

    i just made these today and they are wonderful! thank you for an amazing recipe! Delicious!

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  • Elaine

    Turned out well. My daughter loved them - she ate four and asked for more. My son didn't reject it but didn't want more after one. I think he expected something sweeter from a cookie. I personally like that this recipe doesn't ask for much sugar. Tastes good. Makes me feel good about giving them to kids.

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    • McCord

      So great to hear this! It can take some time for kids to get used to the less sweet versions of things like cookies. :)

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