Monday, September 5, 2011

Homemade Graham Crackers

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I ventured into crackers this weekend. Golden brown graham crackers.

Small ones of course. These are only about 2 inches square.

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Combine flour, dark brown sugar, baking soda and salt and you’re on your way. Then, cut in the butter. Add honey, milk and vanilla and mix on low just until dough starts to come together. Chill.

Okay that was the overview version. Visit Smitten Kitchen for the full Graham Cracker recipe. When I first saw her post back in 2009, I was mesmerized by the cuteness of her crackers and color of the dough. I knew I would make them one day and I’m glad I finally did.

It’s fun to make homemade versions of things I would typically only think of buying. Like the gumdrops I made the other day. Or marshmallows. I need to try to make those soon. Or pop-tarts maybe? Nutter Butters… hmmmm.

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After the dough was chilled and rolled, I roughly measured out 2-inch square cracker shapes, leaving a space between each square.

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You’ll want to remove the extra dough (and reuse the scraps) to make sure the crackers don’t bake into each other.

That would be ugly.

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You can use a wooden skewer to press along the center of each cracker and also to poke decorative holes.

Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, too before baking.

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Then, when baked and cooled, you can snap them in half just like the larger version you’re used to.

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Too cute.

But, I took these a step farther.

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Yeah, I broke out the fondant.

Weird, right?

I mean fondant doesn’t go with graham crackers at all. But, I threw reasoning out the window and got a little silly.

Or a lot silly. Silly is good … and good for you.

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Anyone see where I’m going yet?

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What about now?

If you use Twitter regularly, you’ve probably guessed already.

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Instagram.

Better yet, Instagrahams!

Instagram is a fun, free photo sharing app for your iPhone. I’ve recently become fascinated.

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It lets you use filters with your photos and share them with your friends. It lets you see what they see. In an instant.

Try it.

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Camera Crackers.

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Graham crackers.

Homemade fun.

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delia said...

The Instagrahams are totally cute!

September 5, 2011 09:21 PM
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Hope said...

Graham-tastic and so cute!

September 5, 2011 09:24 PM
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melissa:) said...

THATS AWESOME! im eating grahams right now:)

September 5, 2011 09:27 PM
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jessielou said...

I love this! You should do an entire app series! AppCrackers! So cute!
I love the idea of making graham crackers too, they are so delish.

September 5, 2011 09:30 PM
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Kate14 said...

Those are sooo cute. I’ve got to beg my mom to let me make them!

September 5, 2011 09:31 PM
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Amanda said...

CUTE!!!

Amanda

softandstiffpeaks.blogspot.com

September 5, 2011 09:31 PM
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Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch said...

Those look delicious! I had a recipe for graham cracker’s years ago I lost and I remember just how delicious they were! Plus your decorating skills are incrediable! Happy Baking

September 5, 2011 09:32 PM
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Julie said...

Love your insta”gram” crackers!!

September 5, 2011 09:39 PM
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Erin Ayling said...

THESE ARE CUUUTE! xx

September 5, 2011 09:40 PM
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brandy said...

Love these! What a great idea! There is no rule saying that Fondant can’t be used with Graham crackers. Fondant is part of the marshmellow family :)

September 5, 2011 09:40 PM
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Jamie said...

Love them! You’re so creative with your goodies and with your words!

September 5, 2011 09:41 PM
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Joey @ 365cakepops said...

Oh my goodness, I’m so excited to make these!! My 12 month old is crazy for graham crackers.

September 5, 2011 09:42 PM
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Jany@SuperCuteCookies said...

What a cute idea, love them!

September 5, 2011 09:42 PM
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bakerella said...

brandy – I like the way you think.

September 5, 2011 09:42 PM
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Glory/ Glorious Treats said...

Now if only I had an iphone!! Oh well, these crackers are still super adorable!! Do they taste anything like store bought graham crackers?

September 5, 2011 09:42 PM
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Amabar said...

I HAVE to try these, the recipe I have has wheat germ in it and they come out a little grainy. i want a smooth cookie…if that makes sense. Gotta try these tomorrow!!!!!!!! I love how you scored them by the way. yumm

September 5, 2011 09:44 PM
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Laura said...

Wow!!! I must try these gluten free ASAP!

September 5, 2011 09:47 PM
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Leigh said...

That is so cool, I want to see how well they turns out for crumb crusts!!!

September 5, 2011 09:48 PM
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Lindsy said...

Ooh I’m completely addicted to IG what’s your username?

September 5, 2011 09:49 PM
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Vanessa said...

Amazing! I’m in love!

September 5, 2011 09:52 PM
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bakerella said...

Lindsy – bakerella

September 5, 2011 09:52 PM
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deb said...

I’m so honored to even indirectly affect your baking. The cameras are adorable. I’m addicted to Instagram. Every time you post these days, I smile because we’re so lucky to have you back!

September 5, 2011 09:53 PM
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Jessie said...

Oh my these are too cute!!!

September 5, 2011 09:58 PM
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bakerella said...

Deb – thank you so much.

September 5, 2011 10:01 PM
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Amber said...

You are so dang clever.

September 5, 2011 10:02 PM
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Peggy said...

These looks yummy and cute (and probably much healthier than the store-bought versions)! I can’t wait to try them!
Oh, and homemade pop-tarts and marshmallows are very easy to make (and fun with little ‘helpers’ too)! I’ve made both:
http://turnerfamilyx4.blogspot.com/2011/02/valentines-day-countdown-homemade.html
http://turnerfamilyx4.blogspot.com/2011/02/valentines-day-countdown-homemade-pop.html

September 5, 2011 10:02 PM
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Carmen said...

Lol! This is so clever and so cute!

September 5, 2011 10:05 PM
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Allie said...

Definitely try marshmallows! I love to make marshmallows. I’ve made little tiny animal shapes, let them dry a day or two, then dehydrated them. Those are great for my dad’s camping trips. They spent the whole trip trying to guess what animals they had floating in their cocoa. :) Sometimes a horse falls on the marshmallows, but if they are dehydrated they are still good in the cocoa, even as crumbs — if not dehydrated, they stick too much to the plastic bag and won’t come out.

I recommend the FamilyFun “merry marshmallows” recipe. Or the recipe in the book Chocolates and Confections at HOME with the something. Can’t remember the whole title… Wonderful book, though, with pictures and amounts of time until whatever you are making is supposed to do whatever it is doing. The FamilyFun recipe lends itself well to using honey instead of corn syrup. Then you can have honey vanilla marshmallows. Or honey orange. Or honey peanut butter (a big hit with the campers).

September 5, 2011 10:08 PM
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Karen Dunn said...

These are SOOO cute! This past year and a half has been a much more creative time for me..thanks to YOU! I’ve made several of your cake pops. I’ve also tried new things that in the past I only would have wished i’d tried. Thanks for making a difference Bakerella!! Continuing in my prayers for your improving health :)

September 5, 2011 10:12 PM
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Katie said...

oh, the cuteness!!!!

http://pleasebreatheandhush.blogspot.com/

September 5, 2011 10:15 PM
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Jackie said...

Holy cuteness!!

September 5, 2011 10:15 PM
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Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen said...

These are so cute! I bet these would be delicious with homemade marshmallows for s’mores!

September 5, 2011 10:22 PM
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Jem of the South said...

How cute! I’ve already conquered marshmallows, so I think the next step would be to make these! :-)

September 5, 2011 10:26 PM
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Words Of Deliciousness said...

There so cute! It looks like you had a great time making them.

September 5, 2011 10:28 PM
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Jo and Sue said...

These look so cute! If you want to try a simple yet extremely tasty homemade marshmallow – check out our favorite marshmallow recipe on our blog! It is listed under joandsue.blogspot.com – The Great Marshmallow Debate. So much better than store bought :). Can’t wait to try these crackers.

September 5, 2011 10:37 PM
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TheFeministBreeder said...

Honestly, Bakerella, you are hands-down the most creative person on the internet. I just adore your posts.

September 5, 2011 10:38 PM
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Nisrine M. said...

Very beautiful and so deftly executed. Bookmarked for sure.

September 5, 2011 10:39 PM
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TheFeministBreeder said...

(I forgot to add) — If my last son were a boy, I wanted to name him Graham, just so I could call him Graham Cracker. Alas, we got a girl and named her Jolene. :)

September 5, 2011 10:40 PM
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Gina said...

Oh my goodness! I never thought of making those – but they are so cute it would be fun to try!

September 5, 2011 11:00 PM
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IrishMomLuvs2Bake said...

Okay where were you when I was looking for GOOD tasting graham crackers??? These are awesome … can’t wait to try them. I used the little crackers on my cupcakes and the crumbs butter and sugar on my pops … but graham crackers do not taste like they used to. They are dry and un-sweet and crumbly. Thank you for this … you are the best and I love your site! PJM

September 5, 2011 11:04 PM
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Monie said...

I really love graham crackers. My mom used to ice them with leftover icing (she baked a lot), and then she would put them in the freezer. We always had iced grahams and milk after school. Yummy!

September 5, 2011 11:22 PM
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Sheila H. said...

so cute! Thanks for sharing. I’m curious, what does ‘cut in the butter’ mean? How do you do this?

September 5, 2011 11:25 PM
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Kathryn said...

I ove instagram and these look great! I’ve never seen graham crackers in Australia so they will be fun to try out

September 5, 2011 11:32 PM
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Laurie H said...

So did I! Only mine are gluten free dairy free and were made out of necessity. Mine tasted soooooo yummy. But they were a pain in the patootie to make!!!! However, watching my 5 yr old with Celiac eat a Graham cracker with a marshmallow & chocolate did make it worthwhile.

September 6, 2011 12:06 AM
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Becca said...

Too cute! I’ll put them on my to-bake list right away!

September 6, 2011 12:08 AM
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PupCakes said...

What a perfectly wonderful idea! One could make any of the iPhone icons, even though they wouldn’t be as clever as instagrams. I love how your brain works, Angie! I want to try this too!

September 6, 2011 12:24 AM
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Barbara said...

awesome post! I just learned my lil one has a sever allergie to soy and have been looking for recipes for his fav treat,,,smores had everything but the recipe for the grahams! thank thank you

September 6, 2011 12:58 AM
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Diane {Created by Diane} said...

I’ve been thinking of homemade graham crackers for weeks, ever since I made a S’more Cobbler and am thinking of making another completely from scratch. Graham crackers and marshmallows all from scratch as well.
These look delicious!

September 6, 2011 02:56 AM
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Leah said...

these are such a cute idea. You are so talented!

September 6, 2011 03:00 AM
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Debbie said...

What impeccable timing you have! I’ve been looking for a great recipe that doesn’t call for obscure ingredients that I can’t find—or that cost a small fortune!
You will never want a store-bought marshmallow again after making your own. The fun part after the first batch is coming up with new flavors—the flavor possibilities are endless, as are the shapes!
I’m so glad you’re “cooking” again! Thank you…

September 6, 2011 03:24 AM
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Julie said...

I’m so excited that you’ve posted this – I’ve never been able to find any Graham Crackers in the UK, which has ruled out quite a few recipes, but now I can make my own! Hurrah!

September 6, 2011 04:19 AM
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la Fée Verte said...

This wouldn’t work in the UK; here, “graham” and “-gram” don’t rhyme AT ALL. :-)

September 6, 2011 04:21 AM
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Colette said...

I love grahams! Did you use just plain flour or actual graham flour for these?

September 6, 2011 04:46 AM
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Maureen said...

There are no graham crackers in Australia – until next weekend when I make these. Thank you so much!!

September 6, 2011 04:48 AM
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Kathryn said...

Oh wow, these are so cute! I love them!

September 6, 2011 04:50 AM
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tanya said...

mmmm looks good to try

September 6, 2011 05:01 AM
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Zoe Louise Smith said...

Fantastic! We dont have grahams crakers here in UK but loads of recipes online require them! Thank you, you are a star xx

September 6, 2011 05:02 AM
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Erin N said...

Love those Instagrahams! Cute! You should def. Make marshmallows. Very easy and better than store bought. I like Alton Brown’s recipe. I have to make these grahams for my kids…..

September 6, 2011 05:22 AM
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Annika said...

These are adorable! I’m going to check out the full recipe now. I can’t get Grahams in the UK and they are so essential for smores!!!

September 6, 2011 05:48 AM
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Lauren at Keep It Sweet said...

You are so creative! Your homemade graham crackers look fantastic, but your little Instagrams are amazing!

September 6, 2011 06:15 AM
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kelli said...

LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. these! Must try soon!

September 6, 2011 06:46 AM
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Katrina said...

Ahhhh love these! Instagram is the best, isn’t it?! Such a cute post today :)

September 6, 2011 06:57 AM
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Ceilidh said...

Wow! They even look store-bought!

September 6, 2011 07:15 AM
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Stefanie said...

LOVE me some Instagram… but your Instagrahams look even better :)
Supa cute, Bakerella!!

September 6, 2011 07:31 AM
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Lise said...

You are oh so clever. I haven’t seen you on FB lately. Today was the first time in awhile. Happy to check out your blog again. I just love your ideas. Thank you for sharing. :-)

September 6, 2011 07:33 AM
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Vera said...

I totally did NOT see where that was going. I love it Bakerella! :)

September 6, 2011 07:55 AM
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Fernanda said...

You should make all the icons

September 6, 2011 07:56 AM
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Vicki Bensinger said...

Aren’t these fun! How did they taste?

September 6, 2011 07:59 AM
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Amy said...

Ridiculously cute… you seriously are the MOST creative person! So glad to have you back and baking again. :)

September 6, 2011 08:20 AM
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Jessica said...

So cute!

September 6, 2011 08:21 AM
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Meg said...

Awesome! So creative. I love the way your mind works.

September 6, 2011 08:41 AM
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Asianmommy said...

Wow–your instagrams are amazing!

September 6, 2011 08:57 AM
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Debbie said...

Wow, very creative!

September 6, 2011 09:06 AM
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aussiemarina said...

they are tooooooo cute………..and i have that app………fun fun fun

September 6, 2011 09:06 AM
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Serendipity is Sweet said...

LOVE the instagrams :)

September 6, 2011 09:10 AM
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Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. said...

fabulous as always! Hope you are well

September 6, 2011 09:15 AM
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laurie g. said...

Bakerella,

You always come up with awesome ideas…but what’s more awesome is that you are doing what you love and are making other people smile….i know I do when I see another email in my inbox. :D -Homemade goods always taste better.

September 6, 2011 09:26 AM
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Mal @ The Chic Geek said...

Yum! I have never made my own graham crackers, but would love to try

September 6, 2011 09:48 AM
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Ruth said...

You’re amazing!

September 6, 2011 09:49 AM
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K said...

I don’t cook or bake. (I’m an artist that enjoys using food in my paintings) But I love opening my email and finding your newest blog !!!!!!!!! Your posts just fascinate me.

September 6, 2011 10:02 AM
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Cobwebs said...

I agree with the others who are urging you to try making marshmallows. A really cute hostess gift is the homemade graham crackers, homemade marshmallows, and a bar of chocolate for the Best S’Mores Ever.

September 6, 2011 10:07 AM
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ruthie said...

Bakerella- Where’s the “instagram” pic of the “instragrahms!” Now, THAT would be cute!

September 6, 2011 10:23 AM
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Meaghan O'Connor said...

These are so fun! I love how you combine your love of food and art! :)

September 6, 2011 11:04 AM
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Heather B said...

I am anticipating have the best smores for all upcoming fall cook-outs. I just need a good marshmellow recipe. Because does it really get any better than hand made graham crackers, hand made marshmellows and really yummuy quality chocolate.

September 6, 2011 11:26 AM
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Sasha @ The Procrastobaker said...

I was loving the cracker recipe alone, then you whipped out the fondant and these turned into the coolest little bikkies everrr! :)

September 6, 2011 11:40 AM
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barbara gordon said...

awesome & yummieee <3

September 6, 2011 11:53 AM
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roseann said...

too cute! i am going to make graham crackers tonight! thank you for the idea.
just made pineapple brownies and they were so good!
I have the receipe for pop tarts, but havent made them yet.

September 6, 2011 12:16 PM
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Kristen Duke Photography said...

I love instagram, too, this is SO cute!!!

September 6, 2011 01:29 PM
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Carolina said...

Wow bakerella, you are awesome!! When I read your posts I get so inpired I want to run to my kitchen and start baking! Thanks as always, for sharing such fun ideas!

September 6, 2011 01:44 PM
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brooke said...

I really want to make these! I’m into that right now too, making things I usually buy, I can’t wait to try these pumpkin poptarts by Joy the Baker http://www.joythebaker.com/blog/2010/10/pumpkin-pie-pop-tarts-with-maple-glaze/

September 6, 2011 02:06 PM
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Emily @ Wardrobe Block said...

aaah love it! and I love instagram

September 6, 2011 02:22 PM
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Monika @ monikapaprika said...

The instagrahams are so so cute! I saw your tweet and couldn’t wait for the post. Love your creativity Bakerella!!

September 6, 2011 02:44 PM
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Country Mouse said...

Wow that’s genius. They don’t sell graham crackers in my country, and I keep wanting to eat/make things with them. And you manage to take something amazingly tasty and cute, and make it cuter! Where do you get all this inspiration???

September 6, 2011 02:45 PM
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tanya said...

luved it
Y i cannot subscribe to recieve updates by e mail

September 6, 2011 03:40 PM
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melinda said...

I would never think to make graham crackers! And of course, I love that you had to add your own little touch to them..too cute!

September 6, 2011 03:47 PM
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A. Cole said...

cute!

September 6, 2011 03:59 PM
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A. Cole said...

thats so cool I love it!

September 6, 2011 04:00 PM
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Siobhan said...

Absolutely brilliant! Very cute, Bakerella! I never fail to be impressed by your creativity.

September 6, 2011 04:45 PM
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Angela said...

Oh my goodness! Those are so stinking adorable!

September 6, 2011 04:55 PM
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Laura Sligh said...

These are too cute. I like the idea of homemade pop tarts- I have definitely seen a lot of those on tastespotting recently. Also, smitten kitchen is one of my favorite cooking blogs. I’m planning on making the simple pasta sauce this weekend.

September 6, 2011 05:23 PM
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