Whole Wheat Graham Crackers

Whole Wheat Graham Crackers are a homemade version of your favorite cracker. Top with peanut butter, dip in milk and enjoy the crunchy texture and honey flavor.
A stack of thick graham crackers tied together with string on top of a white plate.

Whole Wheat Graham Crackers

I have been making this recipe for homemade graham crackers for a few years now and love them. You and your kids will never know that they are good for you. Now, I bought graham flour to experiment with when I initially started perfecting my graham cracker recipe, and I’ll be honest, I couldn’t tell any difference in taste or texture.
Graham flour is whole wheat flour in which the individual parts of the wheat kernel are ground separately. The endosperm is ground very finely and the bran and the germ are ground coarsely. The separately ground parts are then recombined to make graham flour. The ratio of the parts of the kernel that are recombined is different from how they come in nature (more endosperm is added…). I’m sure there is more to the process, but I bet you just learned something, didn’t you? All that being said, the end product was not significantly different to justify the cost of graham flour in my life. There you have it. Not a true graham cracker, but delicious none the less.

Can I use any kind of flour?

Traditional graham crackers use graham flour, while this recipe uses whole wheat flour. Both are great options and taste very similar to each other. Don’t even think about using white flour here. There is no need, and it will cut out some of the much-needed taste. I grind hard white wheat berries at home and love the flavor and texture.

How long do homemade crackers last?

Baked crackers should be stored in an airtight container and can be kept for a few weeks before they get stale.

What can I put on top of graham crackers?

There are so many options for eating graham crackers! You can eat them plain, or top them with peanut butter, icing, honey, fruits, jam, Nutella, and of course, marshmallows and chocolate.


Whole Wheat Graham Crackers

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless This Mess
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 23 minutes
  • Yield: 48 crackers 1x


Whole Wheat Graham Crackers are a homemade version of your favorite cracker. Top with peanut butter, dip in milk and enjoy the crunchy texture and honey flavor.



  • 2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup sucanat (dehydrated cane juice) or brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place all your dry ingredients in the bowl of your mixer and combine.
  3. Add all of the wet ingredients and mix with the cookie paddle attachment until everything comes together. The dough isn’t sticky and is moderately greasy.
  4. Divide the dough in half and roll half out on a floured surface. Roll to about 1/4 inch thick. You can treat the dough like a sugar cookie dough and cut out shapes or you can use a pizza cutter and cut out squares. Place the cut out crackers on a parchment-paper-lined cookie sheet, and prick them with a fork.
  5. Bake for 8-12 minutes until the edges just slightly darken. They will harden up more as they cool.
  6. Store in an air tight container.


  • You can use coconut oil in place of all or part of the butter.
  • The thickness of the dough and the baking time will change the texture of the cracker. Sometimes I like them thicker and baked less, which yields more of a cookie texture. Lots of times I will roll out half the dough for thin crackers and the other half for thicker cookies.
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
Nutrition Information: YIELD: 48
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 39.2 Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 47.7mg Carbohydrates: 8.2g Sugars: 4g Protein: 8g Vitamin A: 9.6µg Vitamin C: 0mg

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This post was originally published in 2012 and has been updated in July 2019.

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Can I use buckwheat flour? Or will it be too dry and flavorless

Just made these. They are delicious!

Does this work to use for graham wafer crusts?

We don’t use sugar… we go more the Maple Syrup route… has anyone ever tried it with Maple Syrup instead of the brown sugar or sucanat? I am afraid it may change the consistency of the cracker….?

I made these today for my toddlers and they are delicious. I had a little trouble at first with my dough being a bit crumbly, so I splashed in a bit more water and then just molded the dough into a ball before rolling and they turned out just fine! My kids loved them, and kept asking for “More crackers!” all afternoon. They made a nice after dinner treat. (I also substituted turbinado for the brown sugar, which may have been the moisture problem I was having!) Thanks for sharing this recipe!

Thanks for this recipe! As an expat American mom who loves graham crackers but can’t really afford 6$ a box I love making these. Also as a teacher of 2 year old I’m always on the look out for easy, tasty, healthy recipes!!

Help! my dough was really crumbly. Too crumbly to roll out. What did I do?

Made these today, its a keeper. Not as sweet as the box kind but I love that it only uses whole wheat flour and not a mix of whole and refined flour. Thanks Melissa!

Making these today. Love them <3

Is the flavor close to a graham cracker? I want to make them, but I’m afraid it won’t taste enough like the originals…

I just saw ourbestbites posted a graham cracker recipe 10 days after yours. You are fancy- posting before the big-wigs. And yours has less fat & sugar. I will be trying this…when the weather cools down & I start using my oven again. (besides for making bread) These summer days make me want to get a solar oven 😉

We made them this afternoon- yum! But I have to admit, my younger 3 liked them plain but my older 3 did not- so we put frosting on them and now they are in LOVE 🙂
Do you have a healthy frosting recipe? haha

Emily- I’m so glad you tried them. Sometime I’ll brush them with a little melted butter or coconut oil and then sprinkle them with cinnamon and sugar. Do you think your older kids would like that? I have lots of icing recipes but none that I would claim as healthy 🙂

oooh great ideas! just came back to make these again and I am printing this time- and adding your suggestions to the hard copy!

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