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9 Fun Dishes to Make With Leftover Graham Crackers

The camping trip is over and you’re left staring at an open box of graham crackers...

Erica Silverstein · about 2 months ago

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The camping trip is over and you’re left staring at an open box of graham crackers, wondering what to do with them before they go stale. Personally, I could happily gain 10 pounds just by late-night snacking on the sweet squares dipped into peanut butter. But if you’re looking for more creative and family-friendly ideas, here are nine fun things you can make with your leftover graham crackers:

1. Graham Cracker Houses

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This edible craft is a staple of our elementary school’s holiday programming, but they’re a fun craft activity any time of year. Use the graham crackers to make your walls and roof, cement the pieces together with frosting or peanut butter, and decorate with an assortment of sprinkles and small candy pieces.

Graham cracker houses can be adapted to the holiday at hand; use Peeps for Easter gardens, marshmallow ghosts for Halloween haunted houses, or animal crackers for your graham cracker nativity scene. My family likes to invite gummy bears to live in their cookie homes...before gobbling them up like the Big Bad Wolf.

2. S’mores And S’more Alternatives

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You don’t need a campfire to make s’mores. My family loves to take leftover fixin’s and make s’mores in the microwave. Watching the marshmallows heat up and inflate is more entertaining than you’d imagine.

If you want that s’mores taste in a neater dessert package, clever chefs have come up with a world of s’more variations. Try s’mores on a stick, s’more Rice Krispies treats, s’more-flavored snack cakes, and s’mores pie. Want s’more ideas? (Groan.) The Internet has you covered.

3. Parfaits And Yogurt Topping

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Crushed-up graham crackers are a delicious yogurt topping. For a fun family snack project, make yogurt parfaits by layering yogurt with the crushed crackers and berries. You can even use Greek or plain yogurt, and the toppings will mask the healthy taste.

If nutrition isn’t your objective, go full-on sugar with strawberry or blueberry parfait desserts that substitute a more cheesecake-like filling for the yogurt.

4. Mini-Cheesecakes

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Speaking of cheesecake … crushed-up graham crackers are the basis of any graham-cracker crust, so the world of pies and cheesecake is open to you and your leftovers. If you’re looking for a bite-size, family-friendly baking project, you can easily make mini-cheesecakes in muffin tins. Top with jam or fruit for extra flavor. Ask for volunteers to crush the graham crackers by putting them in a plastic zip-top bag and pulverizing them with a rolling pin. We bet you’ll get some baking help that way.

5. Easy Snacks

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I am not alone in my love of graham crackers spread with peanut butter, nor is peanut butter the only topping for a quick and easy snack. When the family is hangry and demanding food now, grab your graham crackers and slap on whatever you’ve got on hand: frosting and sprinkles, cream cheese with jam or fruit, peanut butter and banana slices (or raisins). For a fun twist, make apple sandwiches, using apple slices for the “bread” and graham crackers, peanut butter, and cinnamon for the filling.

6. Faux Ice Cream Sandwiches

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For a cool treat and a fun no-bake cooking activity, make ice cream sandwiches by replacing the traditional soft cookie base with your leftover graham crackers. You can find recipes using real ice cream or try these icebox sandwiches, which combine vanilla pudding mix, cold milk, and whipped topping to make the bite-sized desserts.

7. Dippers

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Step aside, carrots and ranch dressing. Graham crackers make excellent dippers for your dessert version of a crudités platter. You can go full-on fondue or chocolate fountain, or go minimalist with a bowl of Nutella. But if you want to up the wow factor, whip up a batch of cookie dough dip and have at it with your graham cracker sticks. (There are even vegan versions!) A word of caution: eat slowly. Too much cookie dip will make you feel ill – not that I know this from personal experience. (Cough, cough.)

8. Graham Cracker-Crusted Chicken Parmesan

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I wanted to offer a savory option for graham cracker cooking, and there just isn’t a lot out there. However, I did find this chicken parm recipe that replaces the typical breadcrumbs with crushed-up graham crackers. It could be a fun new dinner option that creates space in your pantry and convinces the picky eaters in your home that chicken dinner doesn’t have to be boring.

9. Fun Desserts

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The chefs of the internet have found all kinds of ingenious ways to work graham crackers into dessert recipes, so I encourage families who enjoy baking to search around. Some fun options that stand out include graham cracker pound cake, snickerdoodles, and toffee. Or use your leftovers to make a DIY variation of Kit-Kat bars. Can’t choose? You might need to go out and buy another box of graham crackers to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth.

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