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We tend to do our grocery shopping on Friday night. It sounds strange, but it's a time that works for us and (understandably) the Commissary isn't usually very crowded after 7 pm on Friday! During last week's shopping trip, my husband kept bringing up to those bear-shaped Graham crackers and I kept refusing to add them to the cart. After all, they're made by the same company as the infamous Play-Doh-tasting crackers I mentioned in an earlier post. Instead, I promised we'd try to create homemade Graham crackers the next day, which got us out of the store cracker-free.
Once we started looking at Graham cracker recipes online, none of them really looked like the correct fit for us. They all either seemed too sweet or like they'd turn out too soft. Instead of giving up hope, we decided to see what we could come up with! By employing some great cracker techniques from the cheddar crackers in The Homemade Pantry and one of our staple ingredients, Greek yogurt, we created the most delicious cinnamon honey Graham crackers we've ever had the pleasure of tasting.
I realize that sounds like an exaggeration, but they're seriously delicious and, based on our cookie size, less than 25 calories each.
Speaking of cookie size - I used a 2" heart cutter from this set of heart cookie cutters. This made the crackers cute, but it really wasn't the best use of the dough.
Like many cookie doughs, you can't really re-roll and re-cut this Graham cracker dough too many times. And by too many times, I mean you can probably only re-roll once, if at all.
If you try re-rolling multiple times, you'll notice the dough almost immediately shrink, both when it's rolled and cut. If your re-rolled dough is shrinking, toss it out. I know that's sad, but the crackers made from these scraps almost certainly won't turn out well. To avoid wasting dough, use a square or round cookie cutter and cut each cookie as close to its neighbor as possible! Or just make cute cookies, anyway, and accept you'll have some wastage. =)
The cinnamon sugar topping is, of course, optional. You'll probably have a little left over - just put it in a container and save it for next time you make these Greek yogurt graham crackers! Because, trust me, there will be a next time.
Whenever I bake cookies, I always make sure to use my Cook's Illustrated recommended baking sheet. It doesn't warp in the oven and it helps promote even baking. Hooray!
For the cinnamon sugar topping
I know I've asked similar questions before but I'm always curious to know what other folks are making - what foods would you rather DIY than buy? Are you willing to put in a little extra time and effort to create a tastier, healthier version of an item instead of picking it up at the store?