Lately I have been on a search for the perfect whole wheat crackers.  I love to include crackers when packing school lunches and they are perfect on the go snacks.  The problem is finding whole wheat crackers with only a handful of recognizable ingredients.  Even those seem to have some form of added sugar.  I have purchased crackers online, at Target, at Whole Foods and even from our local baker and none seem to pass the “picky eater” test. My daughter has found something wrong with every box and I must say that even I detest those “waxy” crackers that we have ended up with a few times. Luckily,  I happened to come across a recipe for homemade wheat thins that looked pretty simple and not so time consuming.

I must admit that my hopes were not too high, this was really just a last ditch effort. My baking skills have a long way to go so anytime I attempt anything involving  flour I approach it with skepticism.  I made a batch of these crackers one afternoon while the kids were at school and served them for  a snack when they got home.  Surprisingly they both loved them and so did I. Finally! These are now a new staple in our house. I even purchased some small animal shaped cookie cutters to make it a fun activity to do with the kids. It doesn’t make a huge mess and the kids get to use cookie cutters, which as we all know is half the fun of baking cookies.  Here’s the recipe:


whole wheat crackers

Whole Wheat Crackers

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. Whisk together the flour, salt and paprika in a large bowl. Cut the butter into the mixture until it looks like large crumbs.
  2. Combine water, vanilla and honey in a measuring cup and add to the dry mixture.
  3. Mix well by hand until dough forms.
  4. Grease cookie sheet or line with parchment paper.
  5. Separate dough into 4 equal parts. Sprinkle flour onto work area and roll dough as evenly and thin as possible.
  6. Use a pizza cutter to cut into small squares or use cookie cutters, a medicine cup or other kitchen object to cut dough into fun shapes.
  7. Bake at 400° for 7-10 minutes until golden brown. Watch closely they can burn quickly.


Store in an airtight container for up to one week.

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Have you tried baking your own crackers? Do you have a recipe you would like to share?

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