Dark Chocolate Graham Crackers
Homemade Graham crackers get a deep, dark color and distinctive flavor from Dutched cocoa powder. Double chocolate s’mores, ice cream sandwiches, or homemade funfetti Oreo Handi-Snacks; this recipe can be used in so many fun ways!
Howdy friends! Did you have a nice weekend? How was your Father’s Day?
Ours was really nice. We drove down the shore to stay at my father in-law’s place. It’s become tradition for him and his wife to host a big buffet brunch every year on Father’s Day. It was a great way for us to kick off our summer, after the kids wrapped up their school year on Thursday afternoon. Quite a scramble to get all my ducks in a row for the week + pack up and drive down there, but it all fell into place! Somehow it always does 😉
My husband was really happy with his new Phillies hat and running shoes, and it felt so good to get away and decompress after a crazy, four-blog-post (!) week. <—Speaking of which, did you enter my KitchenAid giveaway yet???
So, I’m sharing a quickie for today’s post, as the kiddos are here at home with me and they’re itching to get out and do something!
This is an easy recipe and kind of a fun activity to enjoy with the fam on a lazy morning or afternoon.
(Follow me on Instagram to see what a big help my little kitchen assistants are!) It makes a big batch, and there’s all kinds of things you can do with them, which I will get to in just a sec. First, I just want to note that the cocoa I used was B-L-A-C-K black. I ordered it from King Arthur Flour, but there are all sorts of brands out there that would work really well too. Basically, it’s just a dutch-processed cocoa, which means the cocoa powder is treated with alkalizers to bring out the darker color. A lot of times people say that the flavor is really super-chocolatey, but I have to disagree. In my humble opinion, I think it is actually less chocolatey than regular (natural) unsweetened cocoa powder. It’s kind of a mind-eff if you know what I mean. It’s chocolate-y, but in a different way. If you grew up eating a certain kind of chocolate sandwich cookie with crème filling then you will recognize the flavor 😉
Now! For what to do with them. Here are some of my best ideas:
Like, duh. I’m thinking these would also be off the chain with white chocolate and my Key Lime Pie Marshmallows. Yes I am evil.
It is summer, after all. For this I used a dairy-free coconut milk ice cream (or non-dairy frozen dessert, I should say), which I adore.
My personal favorite, which we will be packing up to snack on poolside, later this week. The funfetti creamy icing dip is just 3/4 cup of powdered sugar mixed with 2 tablespoons of Greek yogurt and some rainbow sprinkles, because sprinkles make us happy.
And later this week I’ll be using them in another really fun way, so stay tuned!
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Homemade Graham crackers get a deep, dark color and distinctive flavor from Dutched cocoa powder. Double chocolate s'mores, ice cream sandwiches, or homemade funfetti Oreo Handi-Snacks; this recipe can be used in so many fun ways!
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Place the butter and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl and mix until incorporated.
Add the egg and vanilla and mix.
Stir in the flours, cocoa, baking powder, and salt, until the dough forms a ball and comes away from the sides of the bowl.
Bake on a parchment-lined cookie sheet for about 10 minutes (depending upon size), or until crisp.