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Healthy homemade Pumpkin Graham Crackers are an easy snack that you and your kids will absolutely love! Baked with whole wheat flour and sweetened naturally with the fall flavors of pure maple syrup and pumpkin, these hearty crackers can be made soft and chewy or slightly crispy.
Easy Homemade Pumpkin Graham Crackers
Have you ever baked something that smelled so good, you just know the end result will be as delicious as it smells? That’s the sensation I get whenever I make these Pumpkin Graham Crackers from scratch. Every time, heavenly aromas of pumpkin and spices filled the house and my kids came running!
These homemade Graham crackers can be baked soft and chewy or slightly crispier, and are a sure sign of fall in our house. I love to make this recipe when the family and I are craving something sweet, but aren’t feeling a major baking spree. They are everything I love in a snack – hearty, flavorful, naturally sweetened and above all, healthy! Even better is that kids love them, too, and they’re such a versatile snack!
Why Are They Called Graham Crackers?
Fun Fact: Graham crackers are the namesake of a 19th century American minister, Sylvester Graham. Along with a vegetarian diet, Graham believed homemade bread from whole grains to be what God and nature intended. As a result, “Graham” flour is a coarser ground whole grain wheat flour used in products that were part of the movement.
Eventually Graham crackers reached large-scale production to become the popular, honey-sweet snack we know and love. Graham crackers are now widely known and used in pie crusts, for s’mores, and as the inspiration for this delicious fall snack!
What You’ll Need
In the spirit of traditional Graham crackers, the key ingredient in this recipe is whole wheat flour. The second is pumpkin puree and maple syrup, for that extra punch of fall flavor. The rest of the ingredients for these Pumpkin Graham Crackers are common pantry items that make this the perfect snack for easy baking. Here’s the full list:
- Whole Wheat Flour: Coarse ground or regular whole wheat are both good options.
- Pumpkin Pie Spice: This blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove and allspice brings serious pumpkin pie vibes. You can buy a premix in the supermarket or blend your own.
- Butter: A single stick of chilled unsalted butter works best, since it’s easy to cut into small cubes!
- Maple Syrup: Pure maple syrup gives these healthy crackers the best natural flavor. You really can’t beat the real thing! If you’re unable to use pure maple syrup, honey or brown sugar are the next best options.
- Pumpkin Puree: Pure pumpkin puree, and not pumpkin pie filling.
- Baking Soda
- Salt: Helps balance the sweetness of the maple syrup.
- Optional: Maple sugar, cinnamon sugar, or coarse sugar for sprinkling over the crackers before baking.
How to Make Pumpkin Graham Crackers
These Pumpkin Graham Crackers are so easy to pull together with a few ingredients, quick prep time, and little cleanup.
Sift the Dry Ingredients: First, I like to sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice. Sifting isn’t absolutely necessary, but it does make it a bit easier to fold everything in later on.
Cut in the Butter: Cut in the butter until the dry mixture forms small crumbly bits. If you don’t have a pastry cutter handy, use a fork instead!
Add the Wet Ingredients: Add the maple syrup, pumpkin, and vanilla into the mixture, kneading in extra flour if you notice the dough is too sticky.
Chill the Dough: Once the dough is smooth, cover it with plastic wrap, and let it chill in the fridge. I leave mine in for at least 30 minutes.
Prep the Pans for Baking: While the dough is chilling, preheat the oven to 350°F, and prepare the baking sheets by lining them with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.
Roll Out the Dough: Lightly dust flour over a countertop or another flat surface and remove your dough from the fridge. Placing your dough onto the surface, roll it to about 1/4-1/2 inch in thickness.
Cut the Squares: Using a knife, cut the dough into your preferred shape and size; I aim for about 1 1/2 inch squares or rectangles. Prick holes in the top for some added flair (I used a chopstick) and give them the optional sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
Bake: Bake the crackers until they’re set, about 16-18 minutes. For soft, chewy Graham crackers (great for little ones!), bake them until they’re lightly browned, and slightly longer if you’re going for more traditional crispy crackers.
Once your Graham crackers are out of the oven, allow them to cool on baking sheets for about two or three minutes. Transfer them to racks to cool completely and then serve or store them!
Tips for Success
- Make Your Own Mixed Spice: Pumpkin Pie Spice, a.k.a. Mixed Spice is super simple to make at home! If you have cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, ground cloves, and allspice already in your spice rack, mix 1 part each together to make your own mixed spice.
- Adjust the Baking Time: For crispier crackers, bake your Graham crackers a little longer in the oven. Just keep an eye that they don’t become overly brown at the edges!
Ways to Use Graham Crackers
I love using these homemade Pumpkin Graham crackers in other Graham cracker recipes, too! Here are some suggested uses apart from just snacking:
- Graham Cracker Crust: Crush them into crumbs in a ziplock bag or in a blender to make a deliciously naturally sweetened Graham cracker base for cheesecake (or pie) crust. This way, you can bring an extra hint of pumpkin to a pumpkin cheesecake!
- Ice Cream Topping: Crumble the crackers to sprinkle over top or to mix into ice cream. My favorites are vanilla or salted caramel; the flavor combination with the pumpkin and maple topping are out of this world! You can also use these Pumpkin Graham Crackers for my Graham Cracker Chocolate Chunk No-Churn Ice Cream.
- S’mores: It’s almost impossible to think of Graham crackers without s’mores coming to mind, too! It’s such a great activity to do with kids, and believe me, pumpkin maple s’mores are everything you hope they’d be, and more. Build your s’mores by sandwiching a chocolate slab and marshmallow between two Pumpkin Graham Crackers. If a camp fire isn’t in the cards anytime soon, bake them on a tray in the oven until the marshmallow and chocolate are gooey and melted.
How to Store
Store your Pumpkin Graham Crackers in an airtight container or cookie jar for up to 4-5 days, perfect to have on hand for snacking!
Soft & Chewy Pumpkin Maple Graham Crackers
- 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour, plus more if needed
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 cup (one stick) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small cubes
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 3/4 cup canned pumpkin puree not pumpkin pie filling
- 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- Optional maple sugar cinnamon sugar, turbinado or coarse sugar
- Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice.
- Using a pastry cutter or fork, cut in the butter until you have small crumbly bits.
- Add the maple syrup, pumpkin, and vanilla and mix well, kneading in extra flour if the dough is too sticky.
- Roll dough into a ball, cover with plastic wrap, and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and line baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough to about 1/4-1/2 inch thickness.
- Using a sharp knife, cut into about 1 1/2 inch squares or rectangles. Prick holes in the top (I used a chopstick). Sprinkle with your choice of sugar, if desired.
- Bake for 16-18 minutes, or until set and lightly browned (longer if you would like the crispier).
- Cool on baking sheets for about two or three minutes, then transfer to racks to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
More Pumpkin Recipes
If you enjoy this recipe as much as I do, here are some more healthy pumpkin recipes:
- Maple Pumpkin Granola Bars
- Chocolate Pumpkin Smoothie
- Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Cheesecake Tart with Maple Pecan Crust
- Pumpkin Protein Bars from Food Faith Fitness
- Low Carb Gluten Free Pumpkin Flan from Al Day I Dream About Food
These are great! Not really graham crackers but enjoying the just the same. I did weep my pumpkin first to drain the moisture out.
Yes, definitely more soft and chewy, but the recipe was based on graham cracker recipe and evokes some of the flavor, which is why I have it that name. But glad you enjoyed them anyway!
Can I use pumpkin from a can? I know you directly differently but I’m in a rural town that doesn’t get a lot of produce like that. If so, should i cut moisture from something else? Excited to try!
I apologize for the delay in my response. Yes, canned pumpkin puree is what I use to make the recipe. Just be sure that it’s 100% pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling.
Thanks for your lovely, healthy, yummy recipe,they turned out to be awesome, smells nice , although mine didn’t have the colour of yours,mine was brownish, don’t know why,but taste yummy, every body liked it, thanks again.
I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed the graham crackers recipe, Azza!
I have never had luck making crispy pumpkin anything. Something about the pumpkin renders everything soft. These are good, but no way are my kids going to accept them as crackers. Very poofy and soft. Sort of a very thin cake? Not gonna work out as a pie crust, folks. (Cookies for ice cream sandwiches, though? That could work.)
Call them Pumpkin Cookies? 🙂 They taste yummy regardless of what you call them, and I love the ice cream sandwich idea!
These cookies sound so yummy, can’t wait to try them. However is it possible to cut the butter out a little bit?
I have not tried it, so can’t confirm the results. You may be able to sub in something like Greek yogurt. If you do, let me know.
How many cookies (1.5 inch squares) does one recipe make?
OK, I’ll be honest, I forgot to count before my boys started devouring them. Quite a lot!
these look like yummy crackers!
Thanks! My boys loved them!
Yum! I need to make these! My graham cracker-loving boys would adore these, just like your kids. Pinned! 🙂
Mine have been gobbling them up!
Mmm, I want snack too! These look yummy and they sound so wholesome and healthy! Pinned! 🙂
Thank you! Healthy, but most importantly yummy!
What a simple and flavorful recipe! I love graham crackers, so I will DEFINITELY be trying this!
It is surprisingly simple to make things that most people buy in the store.
Wow those sound so yummy! Thank you for the recipe.
why have I never thought to make pumpkin grahams – they look and sound delicious – and YES verbal skills are highly overrated says the mother of a moody pre-teen daughter
These look so fun – that’s so unique to make PUMPKIN graham crackers. I would have never thought of that, and now my mind is spinning with possibilities of what other flavors to use in homemade graham crackers.
I don’t have kids, but my 18 month old niece has apparently started saying “No way!” So it’s like, “C, do you need a diaper change?” “No way!!” She’s a trip… 🙂
Crazy kids! And yes, I want to try some other flavors too. I’m thinking banana nut.
Awww…you reminded me of my niece when she turned two and suddenly became Miss No-No. She would reply everything we said with no, lol. That was cute…for a while. 🙂 But these pumpkin graham crackers are super fun to make and the ingredients are so simple. This will be perfect for tea time.
Haha, yeah, I guess all kids go through that stage. And yes, perfect for tea!
Is it 1 cup of butter, which is 2 sticks or 1/2 cup butter which is one stick? I will definitely be making these.
Sorry, I fixed it. 1/2 cup with one stick.
Thanks. It is today’s baking experiment. 🙂
These look fantastic and I love your photos. Definitely trying these!
Thanks so much!
PUMPKIN Graham crackers that are homemade? You blow my mind lady! Can you imagine these as a cheesecake crust!? DEAD.
Thanks for sharing my Pumpkin Protein Bars! Pinned!
I know, and someone else even suggested using the dough AS a pie crust. I have to try that!