Cookies, Dessert, Gluten Free

Chocolate Chai Gluten Free Graham Crackers

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The flavor of Chai! It does wonders to my senses and brings back memories of studying like a crazy person in the local Starbucks while attending LSU. I was a staple at Starbucks, I am pretty sure they might still remember me if I walked in and ordered a chocolate chip cookie (duh?) and a Venti Chai Latte. It was my thing, my signature drink and God bless him, my husband to this day remembers to bring me one  in the fall when he is near a Starbucks.

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In honor of the cooler weather (Note: I didn’t say colder- that just doesn’t happen here in South Texas during the fall) I wanted to do a slight twist on my favorite cold weather drink of choice and make it into a dessert. This is no typical dessert. The strong aromatic flavors of the spices and the rich sweetness of chocolate make for the perfect flavor to graham crackers. Not only are these graham crackers but they are gluten free graham crackers if you so chose (by substituting the All-Purpose flour with homemade Cup4Cup mix) .Typically I am the dessert lover in the house. If I make a cake, I usually have 3/4 of it, a pie- hubs will maybe have a slice or two but graham crackers.. For some reason graham crackers speak to both my boys and my man. Of course kids love these crunchy bars but for adults I think  they remind us of being a child and it just warms our heart and might I say satisfies our stomach:)

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These Chocolate Chai Graham Crackers will make the perfect ending to a comforting hearty soup or simply drop them off at a friends’ house this fall and bring someone unexpected JOY!

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I now hold you personally responsible to make this dessert:)

Chocolate Chai Gluten Free Graham Crackers
 
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Recipe type: adapted from Serious Eats
Ingredients
  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour or same amount using Cup 4 Cup Gluten Free Flour Mix (Click Here for my Homemade Version)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder, plus additional cocoa powder for flouring surface
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar, tightly packed
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold, cubed
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Chai Spice Mix:
  • 2½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon finely ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine flours, cocoa, sugar, baking soda, chai mix and salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until thoroughly combined. Add butter and pulse, scraping down sides as necessary until pea-sized chunks remain, 1 to 2 minutes.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together honey, milk, and vanilla until thoroughly combined. Stream mixture into the food processor while running; dough should come together in a ball after a minute or two. Divide dough into two balls, flatten into large disks, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until dough is slightly firm, about 30 minutes.
  3. On a large surface lightly floured with cocoa powder roll dough out to ⅛” thick. Using your cutter of choice, cut out rounds or rectangles and transfer to parchment lined baking sheets. Prick cookies with a fork and bake for 8-10 minutes or until dry to the touch. Halfway through baking remove cookies from oven and sprinkle with granulated sugar, if desired. When cookies are done remove from baking sheet and transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

 

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25 Comments

  1. Adri

    Now don’t these sound wonderful! I too love the taste of chai. Although I am not really into gluten-free baking per se, I often use almond flour. It’s a product I was first introduced to many years ago in pastry school. Almond flour, along with hazelnut flour, has been a pantry staple for me since the 70’s. I have got to make these. I bet we’ll gobble them up. Thanks!

    28 . Oct . 2014
  2. Kathleen

    Wow not only do these sound amazingly delish they’re gorgeous as well!

    28 . Oct . 2014
  3. K / Pure & Complex

    Oh Jessica, you are tempting me with the chocolate today I see lol. I absolutely love this. Of course I’d add some ice cream along with these crackers probably but you didn’t hear that from me lol. Great recipe as always

    28 . Oct . 2014
  4. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    Oh these look awesome and I think they are high on my list to make this week!!

    28 . Oct . 2014
  5. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    I’ve wanted to make graham crackers for ages and these look like the perfect place to start. 🙂

    28 . Oct . 2014
  6. 2 Sisters Recipes

    Jessica – now this is cool. I mean really cool – chocolate and chai together? Genius!

    28 . Oct . 2014
  7. Liz

    Besides being great for munching, I bet these would make a lovely crumb pie crust!! YUM.

    28 . Oct . 2014
  8. Jessica @ Sweet Menu

    Wow! These crackers look just lovely!

    28 . Oct . 2014
  9. Mandy - The Complete Book

    I remember Starbucks from when we visited the UK – sadly we don’t have one here yet… I know, we are in the dark ages.
    Your graham crackers look heavenly!
    Have a beautiful day Belle.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    29 . Oct . 2014
  10. Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen

    I have two words for these – gorgeous & amazing. Love your presentation with the kitchen twine.
    Sam

    29 . Oct . 2014
  11. Kristy

    Graham crackers totally remind me of being a kid. They were a special treat at Grandma’s house and sometimes at home. I remember on vacations we would take hikes and PB&J graham cracker sandwiches were always packed. They still make me smile. And your homemade versions are just too cute for words! What a clever idea. Love the top photo too. The string tied around is so cute!

    29 . Oct . 2014
  12. Asmita

    Gorgeous and delicious!! Love it!

    29 . Oct . 2014
  13. Sues

    Ooh chocolate chai sounds like such a great flavor combination! And your photos are gorgeous!

    29 . Oct . 2014
  14. Culinary Flavors

    I have been seen these crackers a lot all these years and I am wondering about their taste. I want to see if there is anything similar here in Greece. Your version with chocolate has increased my curiosity even more!

    30 . Oct . 2014
  15. Joanne

    I don’t usually think of graham crackers as a snack all on their own…but these are so flavorful that they totally are!!

    30 . Oct . 2014
  16. kitchen flavours

    Oh wow! These looks wonderful and so perfectly made! Love these!

    30 . Oct . 2014
  17. Fran @ G'day Souffle'

    This recipe reminds me of the Graham Crackers I used to eat out of a box when I was a child (those brown honey-colored ones). We used to make S’mores with them. I’ve always wondered how Graham Crackers got that crispy crunchy texture- I’ll have to try your recipe and find out!

    30 . Oct . 2014
  18. Balvinder

    Oh my God!, this is going to be my favorite graham cracker.

    31 . Oct . 2014
  19. lena

    chai spices and cocoa? mm..they sound wonderful and i love the shapes of these cookies as how you made them!

    02 . Nov . 2014
  20. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    Those chocolate and chai flavoured crackers look perfect, Jess.
    p.s the link to your gf mix doesn’t work..I think there’s an extra http at the end.

    02 . Nov . 2014
  21. Velva

    I recently discovered the CHAI Latte at Starbucks and I started a love affiar with cardamom as a result. Graham crackers were also a favorite childhood treat for me. i could eat an entire box :-). Interesting, combination of flavors in your graham crackers…….Delightful! A very grown-up version of a classic treat. Love it.

    Velva

    02 . Nov . 2014
  22. Eva Taylor

    These crackers sure look beautiful Jessica, I do enjoy the flavours of chai but have not thought to pair them with chocolate. I usually don’t make cake unless we have people over or it goes directly to the neighbours or freezer depending on what I have coming up.

    03 . Nov . 2014
  23. Sylvie | Gourmande in the Kitchen

    Oh how I love those Chai spices!

    05 . Nov . 2014
  24. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Homemade graham crackers? Your kids are SUPER lucky! Well I especially love the “chai” part in this recipe… besides homemade, it’s impossible to make anything with Chai… I really like these crackers!!

    13 . Nov . 2014
  25. La Cuisine Helene

    I really have to make these for my brother-in-law. They are beautiful and look so yum. Just pinned!

    15 . Nov . 2014

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