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

Keywords: graham crackers, crackers, cookies, how to, recipe, snack, graham

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Graham Crackers sitting next to a glass of milk on a yellow cloth.
Graham Crackers sitting next to a glass of milk on a yellow cloth

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

Try Whole Wheat Graham Crackers for a simple and healthy snack that tastes delicious on its own or topped with something sweet. These are a great way to add whole wheat into your diet and not notice it!

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27 Responses
    1. I think you could though the few times that I have used buckwheat flour I haven’t had great luck. The kind that I have seems to turn my recipe an odd dark gray color and my kids don’t want to eat it. Maybe half buckwheat and half traditional to start? I’d love to hear how it turns out if you do it though because I have an excess of buckwheat flour in my freezer and I’m not sure what to do with it.

    1. If you’ve baked it long enough to make a crispy cracker, then yes. If you went for more of a cookie texture I don’t like it as well in crusts. Enjoy!

  1. Devon J

    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….?

  2. Aly

    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!

  3. Susan Swolfs

    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!!

  4. debbie

    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!

  5. Kate L.

    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…

    1. Melissa

      Don’t count on them tasting like store-bought… those are a whole nother animal and these aren’t even made with the same ingredient. They are delicious but not the same. I say try them and see what you think. If anything they eat like a cookie 🙂

  6. Rob and Marseille

    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 😉

  7. Emily Cook

    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

    1. 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 🙂

  8. Rob and Marseille

    i am going to do this when Makayla is ready for crackers!! Thank you for this recipe! (maybe I’ll even make it this winter-yum!)

  9. Seaweed and Raine

    Thanks for the recipe, I’ll have to give it a go. I haven’t been able to source graham crackers here in Aus, so now I will be able to make other recipies that require them. 🙂

  10. My name is Becka

    Yum! I’ve thought about making graham crackers before but changed my mind when I thought they would be too hard and no better for you. Whole wheat flour? YAY!

  11. Miranda @ Pressing On

    I sold my wheat grinder earlier this year because we went Primal and cut out wheat. We’re letting it creep back in just a bit now and I’m regretting (a little) selling my grinder. Oh well, Bobs Red Mill flour will work just fine I guess. Thanks for the great recipe. I will be trying this for sure. I’m your newest follower…your blog is lovely.

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