Brown Sugar Cinnamon Graham Crackers

Homemade graham crackers are easy to make - get our step by step recipe. Make them gluten free by using gluten free flour too!
Brown Sugar Cinnamon Graham Crackers – this recipe is special to me.

Homemade graham crackers are easy to make - get our step by step recipe. Make them gluten free by using gluten free flour too!
When I discovered that I could make my own gluten free graham crackers, and that they were good, like really good.. I was shocked, and pretty sure I had some happy tears.

Corny I know. But I didn’t have to spend $7 on a mediocre box of gluten free grahams, which actually only contained 13 crackers.

Homemade graham crackers are easy to make - get our step by step recipe. Make them gluten free by using gluten free flour too!
I finally feel like a normal person now that I am discovering how to make some of my favorite childhood treats in my own kitchen and gluten free.

The gluten free market has developed A TON since I found out I had a gluten allergy in 2006. I remember when Ener-G brand was the only gluten free company and it was yucky back then.

Homemade graham crackers are easy to make - get our step by step recipe. Make them gluten free by using gluten free flour too!
I know a lot of you probably don’t have a gluten allergy so it’s easy for you to buy the store bought grahams, but I am here to convince you to make our brown sugar cinnamon graham crackers.

Remember I cried happy tears, they are that amazing. Besides, these are packed with way more brown sugar cinnamon flavor and LOVE than any store bought box.

Homemade graham crackers are easy to make - get our step by step recipe. Make them gluten free by using gluten free flour too!
And they are just fun to make. You get to use a fork to make your own holes and then pour on the cinnamon sugar.

Brown Sugar Cinnamon Graham Crackers

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Yield: 35-50 small square crackers (depending on thickness and size)


  • 2 & 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar (or regular brown sugar)
  • 2 & 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 7 tbsp butter, cut into small pieces
  • 3 tbsp cold water
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Cinnamon Sugar for topping


  1. Combine the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and soda, and salt in a bowl.
  2. Cut the butter into small pieces, and use your fingers to mix it into the dry ingredients.
  3. Add the water, honey and vanilla. Combine with a wooden spoon or your fingers.
  4. If the dough is too dry, add more water 1/2 tsp at a time until the dough isn’t too dry or too sticky.
  5. Gather the dough into a ball, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  6. After 30 minutes, preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Remove the dough from the fridge and divide it in half. Place half the dough back in the fridge while you work with the other half.
  7. On a baking sheet lined with a silpat or parchment paper and a little flour, flatten and roll the dough using a rolling pin. You made need some extra flour to keep the dough from sticking.
  8. Roll the dough to your desired thickness, I eyeball it.
  9. Use a pizza cutter to cut the dough into squares and then use a fork to poke holes.
  10. Generously sprinkle with a mixture of cinnamon sugar
  11. Bake for 18-20 minutes. At this point it depends on how you prefer your grahams, I like mine crunchy, not soft. Generally, I will remove the edge pieces because they might be getting burnt and continue to bake for 10-15 more minutes.
  12. The great thing about this recipe is that you can pull the crackers out of the oven, let them cool completely to see how done they are and decide to put them back in the oven if they aren't crunchy yet.
  13. Store in an air tight container.

Homemade graham crackers are easy to make - get our step by step recipe. Make them gluten free by using gluten free flour too!
After you bake these up, you can even make s’mores!

35 Responses to “Brown Sugar Cinnamon Graham Crackers”

  1. Sarah@WholeAndHeavenlyOven — March 22, 2014 at 8:03 am

    These have got to be the cutest graham crackers I’ve ever seen. I so want to try homemade graham crackers now! pinned.

  2. Harvey Morris — March 22, 2014 at 8:25 am

    These look so delicious. Brown sugar is one of my favorite ingredients to bake with. Can’t wait to try them.

  3. Tairalyn — March 22, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    OMG this looks divine. Will no doubt be making these with the babe this week. THANK YOU for sharing your recipe with us. xxoo

  4. Those look amazing! Pinning this for later. I’m thinking the kids would LOVE it!

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 22, 2014 at 5:45 pm

      I hope your kids do love these!

  5. Hey there! I found your recipe on the Saturday Night Fever Link Up party! I love the looks and sound of these graham crackers. Never thought of making my own before. I do love healthy recipes though, so the fact that they would have less additives and I’d know what was going in them is great. Thank you!

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 22, 2014 at 8:54 pm

      Oh my gosh, they are amazing! I hope you give them a try!

  6. thedomesticgeek — March 22, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    These look so great! I might have to try this recipe!

  7. Natashalh — March 22, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    Pretty! I really like graham crackers, but I always feel kind of silly adding them to the grocery cart and I hate the additives/preservatives/ingredients I can’t pronounce that are in so many store bought things. I need to try these!

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 23, 2014 at 8:08 am

      They are my absolute favorite!

  8. Diane | An Extraordinary Day — March 24, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    I’m looking at your recipe and thinking that because they’re graham crackers you would have graham flour. Is that a silly thought? Anyway…recently I purchased graham crackers and they tasted awful. I actually thought….I wonder if I could make these? Usually I buy them for s’mores and then have 2/3 of the box left which I’ll spread Nutella or frosting on when I need a sweet treat. I’ll have to try your recipe….it looks pretty easy.

    Thanks for sharing your recipe with us a Project Inspire{d}!

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 25, 2014 at 5:42 pm

      Yes! I love spreading frosting on them.. haha guilty there!

  9. marcie@flavorthemoments — March 25, 2014 at 10:51 am

    I love graham crackers, and these look amazing!! Found you at Time to Sparkle. :)

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 25, 2014 at 5:41 pm

      Thanks for coming by Marcie! Happy Tuesday!

  10. Jill — March 25, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Saw you at Whimsy Wednesday! These look so delicious. My kids would think this was way-fun to bake their own graham crackers. Going to try this with them over Spring Break. Thanks for sharing!

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 25, 2014 at 8:59 pm

      I hope everyone enjoys the process!

  11. Elizabeth Sellon — March 26, 2014 at 9:12 am

    hi Beth, im new to gluten free… hard transition. Wondering what type pf gluten free flour is your favorite? thanks another Beth

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 26, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      I buy a St. Louis based gluten free mix that I can find in the grocery store since we’re near the area. Here is their website: I think you should be able to order online!

  12. Marwa Farouq (@marwa_farouq) — March 28, 2014 at 4:33 am

    This is a really nice and easy recipe! thanks for sharing. i love cinnamon almost on anything !
    passing by from the life is a party link up
    Marwa @

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 28, 2014 at 7:17 am

      Hi Marwa! I love cinnamon too, thanks for stopping by!

  13. Nici ~ Posed Perfection — March 28, 2014 at 8:32 am

    These sound delicious, Beth! Did you just use a gluten free flour to make them? Pinning! Have a super weekend!

  14. G’day! Love these crackers; reminds me of childhood!
    Thanks for sharing it at the Foodie Friends Friday #Foods That Make You Smile Party!
    Cheers! Joanne

  15. Cindy Eikenberg — March 29, 2014 at 7:17 am

    Hi Beth! Wow, these crackers look amazing and so clever – plus, totally helpful to so many others with gluten allergies. Thank you so much for sharing at Best of the Weekend – will be pinning to our party board! Hope you have a wonderful and happy weekend!

  16. Rebecca Hubbell — April 2, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    These look amazing Beth and I know my mom will love this gluten free recipe! Stopping by to let you know these will be featured tomorrow night at Eat. Create. Party! Have a great night!

  17. Oh my gosh – I bet these are so much better than store bought!! Pinned and will be sharing on my FB page! Thanks for linking up to Freedom Fridays, Beth!

  18. kleinworthco — April 3, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    How cool is this Beth- LOVE it!!! My family will be thrilled.

  19. OMG…these are my fav! I can’t wait to get into my kitchen to whip these up…then devour them with smores!

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 22, 2014 at 5:43 pm

      Mmmm, great idea Meg!

  20. Rachael @ Travel Parent Eat — April 22, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    Thanks for sharing this, I have been wanting to make my own graham crackers. Now I can. You rock!

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 23, 2014 at 7:47 am

      I hope you love them! :-)

  21. Oh yum! I was just thinking about graham crackers yesterday! :)


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