Old-Fashioned Graham Crackers with Turbinado Sugar

Iain Bagwell


  • 2 1/4 Cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 Cup  whole-wheat flour
  • 1/4 Teaspoon  ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1/4 Teaspoon  table salt
  • 1/2 Cup  unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 Cup  granulated sugar
  • 1/4 Cup  packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 Cup  turbinado sugar

Graham crackers are the embodiment of nostalgia. I'd always been happy with the ones in the red box at the supermarket — until I tried our homemade ones. The difference in texture is immediately apparent. These cookies are less flaky and crumbly than the store-bought version, and they have a great snappy crunch. We also use a high-quality cinnamon, which has a nice spicy quality.


In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar on medium speed until the mixture is light yellow and fluffy, about 3 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, add 1/3 of the flour mixture and 1/4 cup of water. Mix for 30 seconds. Repeat this step once, then add the remaining flour mixture and mix just to combine. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead by hand for about 10 seconds. Divide the dough in 1/2. Cover 1/2 with plastic wrap and set it aside. 

Place a sheet of parchment paper on a work surface, put the dough on the parchment, and top with a second sheet of parchment. Roll the dough out to about 1/8 inch thickness. Repeat with the second half of the dough. Chill the dough for about 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator, peel off both sheets of parchment, and put the dough on a cutting board. Using a square cookie cutter, cut out the dough, rerolling the scraps twice. Put the cookies on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle each cookie with a pinch of turbinado sugar.
Bake, rotating the sheet halfway through, for 20 minutes, or until the cookies are a dark golden color around the edges. Let cool for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


Calories per serving:

228 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Sodium Low Potassium, Kidney Friendly, Vegetarian, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 96g 147%
  • Carbs 441g 147%
  • Saturated 59g 294%
  • Fiber 11g 45%
  • Trans 4g
  • Sugars 204g
  • Monounsaturated 24g
  • Polyunsaturated 5g
  • Protein 34g 68%
  • Cholesterol 244mg 81%
  • Sodium 933mg 39%
  • Calcium 139mg 14%
  • Magnesium 112mg 28%
  • Potassium 530mg 15%
  • Iron 15mg 82%
  • Zinc 3mg 19%
  • Phosphorus 441mg 63%
  • Vitamin A 776µg 86%
  • Vitamin C 0mg 0%
  • Thiamin (B1) 2mg 158%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 88%
  • Niacin (B3) 18mg 91%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 14%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 532µg 133%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 3%
  • Vitamin D 2µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 4mg 18%
  • Vitamin K 10µg 12%
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