This recipe was shared with me by my friend Erin. She’s a gardening guru. One of the first times I met her she was five months pregnant, wearing a bonnet, and a skirt; I followed her through a pasture of onery horses, under two electric fences and around barbed wire so she could teach me how to feed her chickens. She has some very interesting recipes and I hope she writes for us one day soon.
This is a go-to crunchy snack for my kids (along with Katie’s cheesy crackers). These crackers aren’t as sweet or crunchy as store-bought graham crackers but they have fewer ingredients. And the kids love them.
2 1/2 cups unbleached flour
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup wheat germ
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup shortening (I don’t like shortening so I use 1/2 cup melted butter and 1/2 cup oil)
1 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla
1. Combine the flours, wheat germ, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, ginger, and salt.
2. Cream the shortening (or butter/oil) with the brown sugar.
3. Add the flour mixture plus the milk and vanilla. Add the liquid a little at a time. The dough should be wet enough to come together but only just.
4. Roll out the dough as thin as you can. It will puff up when cooked and if it’s too thick, it won’t be as crunchy. Prick the dough with a fork.
5. Bake at 350 degrees on greased cookie sheets for 10-15 minutes, depending on your oven or how crunchy you want them. The longer they go, the crunchier they are. But be careful not to burn the edges.
6. Cut in the shape you like (I use a pizza cutter to get straighter lines).
7. Feed the hungry munchkins. They will be pleased!
Christiana is the manager of this collaborative blog. She has postgrad degrees in theology and creative writing from St Andrews University in Scotland. She lives with her family in intentional Christian community in rural Illinois. While her husband farm manages, she writes, sings, gardens, cares for their two kiddos, cooks, preserves food and attempts to homemake. She also blogs atthebeautyofthishour.wordpress.com.