Wednesday, February 16, 2011

avert your eyes

Who doesn't love Graham Crackers? They're amazing. If 'Graham' was a guy, he'd be the ultimate date... Interesting enough to enjoy some simple one on one time with and easy going enough to get along with a million different characters. He gets along well with Mr and Mrs Chocolate Marshmallow, Ms. Nutella, Miss Cheesecake, Mr Ben & Mr Jerry's, the list goes on. In fact, he gets along so well you might need to avert your eyes because Mr Graham has been known to be a bit of a slut. Am I Right? Wrong. Turns out we were all wrong. Mr. Graham Crackers won't be getting R Rated with anyone. 
Apparently this 'treat' was created for the exact opposite reason. These subtly sweet cookies were developed by a Presbyterian minister by the name of Sylvester Graham, who believed that a poor diet let to sinful sexual excess. He became a ferocious advocate for a strict vegetarian regime that was high in fibre {explaining the whole wheat flour and wheat germ in the recipe} as a way of suppressing carnal urges and rampant desire.  He also believed that ketchup and mustard made you crazy.
Turns out Mr Graham was a judgmental loon. 
Look away Sylvester, I'm about to teach your sexually abstinent cookie a thing or two.
note: I turned them into spoons just to make interaction and consumption that much easier. Ooohhhhh yeah, there's nothing abstinent about this experience. 
TCB's Graham Crackers 

1 cup of butter at room temperature
3/4 cup of tightly packed light brown sugar
2 heaped tablespoons of honey
1 teaspoon of milk
1/2 teaspoon of Vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
1 cup of whole wheat flour
1/2 cup of wheat germ
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of cinnamon 

Preheat Oven to 350

Whisk together all of your dry ingredients and set aside.
Whip together butter, milk, vanilla, sugar and honey in stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment. It will take about 3 minutes until the mixture is light and fluffy. Turn your mixer down to low and slowly add dry ingredients. Turn off just before it's entirely incorporated so that you can finish it off by hand. I never like to overwork my dough.  It shouldn't be too dry or too crumbly and if it's either one, adjust accordingly by adding a fraction more milk or a fraction more flour. You want it to come together nicely.  Half mixture and begin to roll out dough on a floured work surface until it's around 1/8 inch thick.  Cut into desired shapes and set on parchment paper in the freezer for around 20 minutes until dough is completely chilled.  When dough is chilled remove and pierce holes in dough with fork, place on baking sheet in oven for around 9 minutes until deep and golden in color. Transfer to drying rack and allow to come to room temperature.
Then if you want to get crazy, cover in the following ingredients:

~Toasted Almonds
~Toasted Coconut
~Maple glaze
~Whipped Cream

xo tash


  1. Love the graham cracker spoons!! Also, add vanilla ice cream to the list. Crumble a graham cracker or two over a bowl of vanilla ice cream and ENJOY! So deliciously good.

  2. haha i love this post! they look so yummy! x

  3. Wonderchris, you're my type-a-gal! Do that ol' trick more than I'd like to publicly admit! haha
    xox tash

  4. love this! my next party snack!
    and the story is delish... the sensuality of a graham cracker, yum ;)

  5. Tash fantastic! The graham cracker had an interesting/crazy start haha! I love the smores on the spoon & that you made them into a spoon, so cool!
    My kids would love this! Would u be ok with me making/blogging this and linking back here? Great find and a keeper!

  6. OMG, these are the cutest things I've ever seen! Stella's 2nd bday party? Um, yes please!

    And that minister story cracks me up. If you have fiber in your diet (aka poop well) you won't want sex. I beg to differ Mr. Man!

    Wait. Did I just type that outloud?


  7. Not only do I want to get involved with these delicious looking Graham crackers, your bit about the cookie's loony inventor cracked me up! Just what I needed this afternoon!

  8. Oh la laa...! Discussing delicious cookies and sin = GREAT POST ; u ;

    I will definetely make sure to try your recipe, it looks absolutely delicious with the spoon-shaped cookies and nutella!
    *Drooling already*

    ~ Orphin's Domains ~

  9. First, the entire post was so clever and witty! Second, nutella paired with roasted marshmallows? I might just die at the thought of such pleasure.

  10. These are amazing! Haha, I love how the minister thought fiber would help people resist carnal urges!! That is hilarious.
    I'm going to have to try these out, they look so good!

  11. and this is why i love your blog! you make me laugh--cheeky mr. graham! these look delish~

  12. omg!! im going to have to try this out! this is just too genius! xx

  13. this is so cute!! what a fabulous idea.

  14. Just when I think these photos can't get any better, there is Nutella!! Graham Crackers and nutella!! Wow, I am in bed but want to make a break to the store asap.

    I love the name Graham for a little boy too! (Just a side note).

    xo Marcie

  15. Oh my gosh, oh my gosh! These look DELICIOUS! Fantastic job! And that last photo with it dipped into the Nutella jar is just amazing! I want some right now :)

    Hugs xoxo

  16. you are funny, and these are soooo friggen cool!!!! i would never think to actually make graham crackers. I think i see tomorrows afternoon activity! ;)

    thanks <3

  17. you might have made my day by posting this recipe because there are no graham crackers here!!! isn't that SILLY.

  18. How decadently divine! I love, love, love that you made them into spoons!

  19. The moment you showed me a graham cracker spoon, all I could think was "nutella". This is a fantastic idea! I've never made my own graham crackers before but I think I will have to try now.

  20. umm this looks sinfull, and amazing! i eat a good amount of ketchup and ranch.. any thoughts on the ranch combo? this could explain a lot ;)

  21. Q. What's better than homemade graham crackers? A. The second to last picture you posted. Delish!

  22. Those are great! Can't wait to give this recipe a try :) I love the dipped in Nutella shot...makes me hungry!

  23. killing me (sweetly not softly) with this.



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