Make Ahead

Homemade Teddy Grahams

February 21, 2016
3 Ratings
Photo by Kelsey Tenney
  • Makes 96 small men
Author Notes

Feeling nostalgic for some Teddy Grahams? No need to make a trip to the store. These are a bit more adult-appropriate, with less sugar and more graham flavor, but making them is almost as simple as opening that box. —Kelsey Tenney

What You'll Need
  • 2 cups graham flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  1. Add the flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt to a food processor. Pulse to combine.
  2. Add the butter and blend until you have coarse crumbs. Add the molasses, milk, and vanilla to the mixture and pulse until the dough comes together as a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least an hour or overnight.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Roll the chilled dough out on a lightly floured surface until it's about 1/4-inch thick. If your dough is a bit crumbly and not sticking together well, add a few drops of water, 1/4 teaspoon at a time, until it just comes together.
  4. Cut out your shapes and poke with a few holes to keep from bubbling. Place on a parchment-covered baking sheet at least 1/2 inch apart. Bake in the oven at 350° F for about 8 to 10 minutes depending on the size of your cutout. If you’re making larger grahams, adjust the time accordingly. The dark-colored dough makes it difficult to tell when the cookies are beginning to change to golden brown, so I think it’s easier to tell by carefully picking a cookie up from the sheet. If it doesn’t stick or bend, the cookies are done!
  5. Let cool. These will keep in a tightly-sealed container for a few days.

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  • DB
  • Kelsey Tenney
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  • Msqueenb
  • Sheri

8 Reviews

Msqueenb August 25, 2019
Are the cookies good for dipping in frosting or are they soft?
Sheri March 3, 2016
Where do I get those small bear cutters?
Kelsey T. March 3, 2016
I actually use small gingerbread men cookie cutters!
DB March 3, 2016
You can purchase the mini bear cutter here:
Kelsey T. March 3, 2016
DB those are so cute! Thanks for adding them to the thread!
Sheri March 3, 2016
Thanks! I couldn't find them in town.
DB February 27, 2016
Is the brown sugar packed? My dough was a bit soft, even refrigerating the dough for several hours. I used a bear-shaped cutter and cookies expanded and puffed up that bear shape was distorted. Tasted good though, but I wonder why the dough was soft.
Kelsey T. February 28, 2016
Hi DB! I'm so sorry that you had troubles with this recipe. The brown sugar is packed, and I've just changed the ingredient list to reflect that. Thank you for pointing that out! I hope that ameliorates the problem.