Chili-Cocoa Graham Crackers

  • Active Time 30m
  • Total Time 2h 15m

about 3 dozen (2-inch) pieces

These crunchy and crispy chocolate graham crackers have a tiny bit of spicy ancho chili on top. Oat flour makes them extra tender and tasty. Eat them plain or drizzled with a little melted chocolate. Depending on how thin you roll the dough, the crispness of the baked graham crackers will vary. If yours are not as crunchy as you like after they are completely cooled (especially the ones in the center that might be a little thicker), place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 325 degrees F for about 15 minutes. Let cool and check again for crunch.

Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 2 and refrigerate for up to 2 days; let soften slightly at room temperature before proceeding with Step 3. Store grahams in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. | Equipment: Parchment paper

ingredients

  • For Chili-Cocoa Graham Crackers:
  • 1 3/4 cups graham flour (see Notes)
  • 1/3 cup oat flour (see Notes)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, preferably natural (see Notes)
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoons low-fat milk
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For Topping:
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ancho chili powder (see Notes) or regular chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Notes: Graham flour is 100% whole-wheat flour. Before milling, the bran and germ are coarsely ground and the endosperm is finely ground; all are recombined to create a flour with a texture and flavor like wheat bran.
  • Oat flour is made from finely milled whole oats. Look for it near other flour in the baking or bulk section in natural-foods stores and well-stocked supermarkets.
  • Cocoa powder comes in two styles: natural and Dutch-processed. Dutch-processed cocoa has been treated with alkali, or "Dutched," to neutralize the natural acidity of cocoa, while natural has not. For this recipe, we prefer the taste of natural cocoa powder, although either type can be used.
  • Ancho chili powder, made from dried poblano peppers, has a mild, sweet spicy flavor. Look for it in the spice section of well-stocked supermarkets.

directions

Pulse the graham flour, oat flour, cocoa, 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, baking powder and baking soda in a food processor until thoroughly mixed. Sprinkle butter cubes over the mixture. Pulse until the mixture resembles cornmeal. Stir the milk, honey and vanilla in a small cup until the honey is dissolved. Drizzle the honey mixture into the food processor. Process just until the dough holds together.

Shape the dough into a flat 8- to 9-inch square. Wrap and refrigerate until cold but still supple enough to roll out, about 30 minutes.

Position a rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 350 degrees F.

Roll the dough between sheets of parchment paper until it is 1/8 to 1/16 inch thick and as even as possible from the center to the edges. (You will have an approximate 12 x 16-inch rectangle. If you find the dough difficult to roll evenly over such a big area, divide it and roll out and bake two smaller pieces). Flip the paper and dough over once or twice to check for deep wrinkles; if necessary, peel off the parchment and smooth it over the dough before continuing. Peel off the top sheet of parchment. Prick the dough all over with a fork.

To prepare topping: Sprinkle the dough evenly with tiny pinches of salt (about 1/16 teaspoon total). Mix 1 tablespoon sugar with chili powder and cinnamon. Sprinkle the dough evenly with the spiced sugar.

Slide the dough onto a large baking sheet. Even up the edges with a sharp knife. Leave the edge scraps in place (for nibbling and to protect the rest of the grahams from burnt edges). Bake until the grahams are just starting to brown around the edges, 20-25 minutes. Let cool on the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Cut into squares, diamonds or rectangles. Let cool completely before storing; the grahams crisp up when completely cool.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.

RecID 10401

nutrition information per serving

59 calories; 2g total fat; 1g total saturated fat; 5mg cholesterol; 58mg sodium; 8g carbohydrates; 1g fiber; 1g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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