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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Dark Chocolate Graham Crackers
- 10 tablespoons (147.87 g) unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup (165 g) dark brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cup (187.5 g) all purpose flour
- 3/4 cup (90 g) graham flour
- 1/2 cup (43 g) dark cocoa, (Dutch-processed)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 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.
- Roll the dough out to a thickness of ⅛ inch (I like to use rolling pin rings) between 2 sheets of parchment paper, and cut squares and/or narrow rectangles with a square fluted cookie cutter.
- Bake on a parchment-lined cookie sheet for about 10 minutes (depending upon size), or until crisp.
Oh wow these are awesome! 🙂 I wish I could get dutched cocoa powder here. Such a super idea.
Thanks Miss Messy! I think this recipe would work just fine with any kind of cocoa powder. They’d probably just not look so black, y’know? But still taste delish!
I LOVE this Allie! I tried making graham crackers once but the recipe was horrible so I gave up. I need to try this out … it is s’mores time after all! And I really like this dark chocolate version… calling my name!
I had a similar experience my first time making graham crackers- I wonder if we were both using the same recipe??? I’m glad I didn’t give up though because I did eventually have success with BEB’s recipe. Thanks so much for the comment, Ashley!
Oh my gosh, these are some black cookies!! I’ve never seen anything like it. The dutch-processed cocoa powder is really something. Looking forward to seeing the next thing you have for us with these graham crackers 🙂
Thanks Connie! I know, that dutched cocoa is really different. So very dark. Thanks for the sweet comment and hope you’re having a fun weekend!
Ohhhh heavens!!! I love how deep and dark chocolatey these graham crackers are!!!
Super dark, right? Wow that cocoa is really something. Thanks for the sweet comment, Kayle!
I’ve been wanting to try making my own graham crackers and I love this dark chocolate versions! They would be absolutely perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream mashed between them!
Love that idea, Danae! Almost like one of those Oreo ice cream sandwiches! Brilliant. Thanks so much for reading, and for the sweet comment!
Oh gosh, can I be your dedicated taste tester? These grahams and the combos you have made with them are really making me so hungry!! By the way, I have mixed feelings about dutched cocoa too, but have you tried Hershey’s Special Dark (which is half natural, half dutched)? It is by far my favorite, and produces the dark color and deep chocolatey flavor that is the best of both worlds (I swear I am not being paid to say this…I am just completely obsessed with it!)
I tried it years ago, and I remember thinking it didn’t taste as chocolatey as I would have liked. I wonder if they’ve improved it since then??? I should probably give it another try. Thanks for the tip, Nora, and the sweet compliments too! xoxo
Allie, did you make all of those different treats at the same time?! If so, I need to move into your house and help you eat all of the desserts. Everything looks amazing! And these graham crackers look so dark ‘n chocolatey. Tres magnifique!
Yes! When can you move in? I need help with all of this, I’m getting too FAT! lol… Thanks for the compliments, you are too sweet, Nancy!
I am LOVING that rich dark black color of these graham crackers!!!!!!! That Yogurt dip with those sprinkles is making me want to scream in happiness! I need to make these! Pinned! 😀
Thank you so much Samina! The dippers were my favorite! I’m so glad you liked them too and thank you for sharing on Pinterest! <3
Girl you are such a genius, I can’t even stand it sometimes. These are so perfect!! I feel like you should be manufacturing these now!
Haha you’re too much! Thank you Jocelyn, you’re such a sweetheart!
I LOVE graham crackers, and it’s such a great idea making dark chocolate ones. I’ve never made my own, and can’t wait to do so. These look delicious! 🙂
Oh you will love it Marcie! They are so easy and fun- and of course, homemade always tastes best 😉
they look yummy!
These are obviously very versatile cookies indeed, Allie! I’d never heard of s’mores before starting with this food blogging ‘thing’ (not from the US, you know!) but I have to say those sandwiches look so delicious. I love the really really dark chocolaty look that the cocoa gave the cookies!
Thanks Helen! The flavor is really distinctive too. I hope you get yourself a s’more asap because I don’t think dessert gets much better, lol!
Wow yum! These cookies look so dark and moist! I want one!
They are SO dark, right? It’s kinda freaked me out a little bit at first, lol! But the taste won me over 😀