Faux Bois XO Red Velvet Graham Crackers

By Ross Sveback, January 22, 2013

So I decided to make a new take on my graham cracker recipe and try and do red velvet. Making graham crackers is super easy. I had done XO S’mores a few years back using my made-from-scratch graham crackers and vanilla-bean marshmallows. I also got another spark of inspiration and decided to see if I could throw my faux bois obsession into it as well (find the faux bois mats here). In the end, simply adding cocoa powder and red food coloring didn’t alter how the recipe turned out at all – who said baking was an exact science?

1 1/2 cups AP flour
1 1/2 cups graham flour
1 cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 c. (2 sticks)unsalted butter, room temperature
1/3 cup honey
1 tablespoons vanilla-bean paste
2 tbsp. Dutch process cocoa powder
1 tbsp. red food coloring

For the topping (if desired):

1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

In the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment add the butter, brown sugar, salt, honey and vanilla-bean paste – beat for two minutes until creamy, then add the cocoa powder and food coloring – mixing again to combine. Finally add the AP flour and graham flour, stirring until well combined.

Divide dough in half and roll between two silpats, then roll faux bois mat over it to create design. Chill dough until stiff, then cut out desired design.  Bake in a 350 degree, preheated oven for 15 minutes.  Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.  Enjoy!

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