What to do with graham crackers?
- blkery Feb 27, 2010 12:40 AM
Besides cheesecake crust and smores. I have a box of em that I'd like to clear out of my pantry in a more creative fashion.
Make toffee. My mom used to do this from time to time. I don't have her exact recipe handy to recommend, but I googled and found dozens.
Magic cookie bars are always good in my book (I'm a fool for sweetened condensed milk far more than toffee). ;)
Icebox cake--pour vanilla pudding over a layer of graham crackers, then create another graham layer, top with chocolate pudding and dust with graham cracker crumbs. Childhood comfort dessert! You can throw bananas in the vanilla layer if that appeals.
You could make those no-bake peanut butter bars-- I think it's basically PB, butter, gc crumbs mixed, spread in a pan and then topped with melted chocolate. Probably lots of recipes online. Or make into crumbs, bag and freeze for later.
Add them to pancake mix, pat french toast into them before putting in the skillet or how about put them into a regular pie crust 1/2 flour, half cracker crumbs). Also, frozen bananas dipped in chocolate or peanut butter then into the crumbs, strawberries dipped in marshmallow cream then into the crumbs,
In the spirit of the Vancouver Olympics, make Nanaimo bars.
Don't expect them to do anything for your waist because they're three layers of flavored butter but OH SO GOOD! I get Bird's at Cost Plus Markets (and I keep it on hand just for these!) and I also see it at some stores around Los Angeles. If you can't find it I understand that instant vanilla pudding mix is a substitute. Personally, I'd get Bird's even if I had to order it online.
• 1/2 cup butter, melted
• 1/4 cup sugar
• 1/3 cup cocoa
• 1 egg
• 2 cup graham cracker crumbs
• 1 cup flaked coconut
• 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
• 1/4 cup butter
• 2 tablespoon Bird's custard powder
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 3 tablespoon milk
• 2 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
• 3 ounce semisweet chocolate
• 1 tablespoon butter
Base Layer: Mix together ingredients. Press into a 9" square pan. Refrigerate while making filling.
Filling: Cream together butter, custard powder and vanilla. Gradually blend in milk and confectioners' sugar, alternating between additions. Filling will be stiff.
Spread over chilled base. A bent-handled spatula dipped in water may help. Chill to firm before adding icing.
Icing: Melt chocolate and butter together. Pour over chilled bars, tilting pan to cover evenly and smoothly. Chill well before slicing into bars.
Store in fridge.
Makes 48 bars
This is an old recipe. I'm not sure from where I got it and I've modified it slightly:
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 cup granulated sugar
3 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup milk
1 cup finely chopped walnuts
1 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat softened butter and sugar until creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine graham cracker crumbs, flour, baking powder and salt. Add it to batter alternating with milk. Add vanilla. Stir in walnuts, coconut and chocolate chips. Turn into a greased 9 inch tube pan. Bake for 1 hour or until done. Cool 10 minutes in pan, then remove and allow to cool completely. Garnish with whipped cream and walnuts, or dust with powdered sugar.