Red Velvet Graham Crackers

filed under: Chocolate Cookies on June 27, 2012

Making Red Velvet Graham Crackers is a fun and colorful experience! Use them in cheesecakes, smores, or just grab one as a snack! For another fun graham cracker treat, try my Chocolate Chip Graham Cracker Cookies.

Red Velvet Graham Crackers

There is something special about a red velvet cake or any red velvet recipe. It’s not just adding red food coloring to a cake that gives it the red velvet name. It’s the added buttermilk and touch of cocoa to a recipe to give it a distinct flavor and texture. Adding red food coloring just gives it more of that intense color. Did you ever think you would make your own graham crackers, let alone red velvet graham crackers?!? Well, I encourage you to make these lovely crackers, and you can then use them in my New York Cheesecake with Red Velvet Crust. Bonus, I know!

Red Velvet Graham Crackers Recipe

As I could smell the sweet aroma of fresh, homemade red velvet graham crackers in my oven, I could feel my anticipation level rise.  I just knew these were going to be good.

Ingredients (full recipe below)

  • Brown sugar
  • Flour
  • Baking soda
  • Cocoa
  • Salt
  • Honey 
  • Buttermilk
  • Butter
  • Red gel food coloring
  • Vanilla


How to Make Red Velvet Graham Crackers

To make Red Velvet Graham Crackers, get out your mixer and the ingredients to get started.

  • In the bowl of the mixer, combine the brown sugar, flour, baking soda, cocoa, and salt and mix on low until all the ingredients are incorporated.
  • Next, add the butter cubes, one at a time, increasing the speed a bit to make a coarse texture.
  • Meanwhile, in a 1-2 cup measuring cup, pour in the honey. Add the buttermilk, food coloring, and vanilla and mix it all together.
  • Then, add the honey mixture to the flour mixture and mix on medium speed.
  • On a well-floured work surface, roll out the dough. Be as consistent as possible with the thickness of the dough (about 1/8-1/4-inch thick).
  • Cut out your graham cracker rectangles with a cookie-cutter, or by hand. And really, who is to say you can’t make other shapes out of graham crackers? You can even make holes in the tops of some of the crackers to appear more graham-cracker-ish.
  • Finally, bake them for 6-8 minutes, making sure you check them after six minutes so all your hard work doesn’t burn!

A few tips/suggestions:

  1. I found that these cookies most tasted like a graham cracker on the second day, or after they had hardened slightly.  I also placed the cooked and cooled crackers in the oven at 170ยฐF for 30-40 minutes to dry them out more, and this worked well.
  2. Remember to keep a close eye on them in the oven. These crackers can burn easily! (I would know…I burned my first batch.)
  3. We thought these would make amazing s’ mores.  Although I tried some funky variations (fruit and purees and different chocolates) that original recipe seemed to work best–red Velvet graham cracker, marshmallow, and chocolate. Delish.


Even though technically, this is the new never seen before in the history of the world recipe, its the way that I am using it that will blow your mind!  Ok, it may not blow your mind, but it blew my mind.  I am easily impressed though. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Looking for More Red Velvet Recipes?

Red Velvet Cake

Red Velvet Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

Red Velvet Fudge Recipe

Red Velvet Mousse with Raspberry Vanilla Cupcakes

Red Velvet Graham Crackers
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
18 mins

Try making the ultimate S' more with this fun Red Velvet Graham Cracker recipe!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: red velvet graham crackers
Servings: 24
Calories: 140 kcal
Author: Amanda
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 5 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 7 tablespoons butter, chilled and cut into cubes
  • 1 teaspoon red gel food coloring, adding more or less per taste
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  1. In the bowl of a mixer, add brown sugar, flour, baking soda, cocoa, and salt. Mix on low to incorporate.

  2. Add in the butter cubes, slowly increasing speed to fully incorporate the butter and reach a coarse consistency.

  3. Measure out 1/3 cup honey in a 1-2 cup measuring cup. Add the buttermilk, food coloring, and vanilla to the honey and mix together.

  4. Add the honey mixture to the flour mixture and combine on medium speed until the dough comes together.

  5. Pour dough onto a well-floured surface and roll out. Try to make dough 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick, being as consistent as you can. You can use a square cookie cutter or cut out rectangles, whatever you prefer.

  6. I used the top of a #3 tip to make little holes in the top of some cookies.
  7. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 350ยฐF for 6-8 minutes. (Keep an eye on them! I burned my first batch at seven minutes.)

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  • Carrie@ Bakeaholic Mama says:

    These are just genius!

  • Kristen says:

    One of our favorite treats is graham crackers with buttercream frosting sandwiched in between. Imagine how yummy these would be with cream cheese frosting in the center! Delish!

    • Amanda says:

      Or cream cheese marshmallows? I need to hang out with you more during snack time. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy says:

    wow — those would make one heck of a smore! gorgeous!

  • aida mollenkamp says:

    I love the thought of buttermilk in graham crackers and that color is gorgeous!

  • Elizabeth says:

    I bet these are so good! I really want to make some s’mores with these. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • DessertForTwo says:

    This is absolutely 100% genius. I can’t wait to make these! Thanks!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • tracie says:

    I don’t like graham crackers enough to make these, but they are really pretty!

  • HeatherChristo says:

    These are totally insane and I am making these for fourth of July FOR SURE!!!

  • Lacey O. says:

    Fun idea! I used the same Smitten Kitchen recipe a few weeks ago and made birthday cake graham crackers.
    Can’t wait to see what you do tomorrow!

  • marla says:

    These are so festive and fun. Such a unique twist on a classic ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ann P. says:

    YUM can you imagine how good these would taste in a s’more?! Or as the crust of a cheesecake?

  • Lauren @ The Well Crafted Home says:

    Pinned it! I totally love this idea and I love your blog! I enjoy baking too and I love all the inspiration you have here!

  • Lucy Lean says:

    These look so beautiful – although I’m always scared of red velvet for the dye – I may just be persuaded to do these with blueberries, marshmallows and chocolates for 4th July S’mores…

  • Brooke says:

    These look soooooo good!!! I think they would be perfect as s’mores!!! I am definetly going to tr these for the perfect summer campfire!! Thank you so much for sharing!!

  • thelittleloaf says:

    You know I’ve never had a graham cracker? But in the UK we have digestives which I think are quite similar. I’m going to have to make these because you can’t get graham crackers in the shops, let alone RED VELVET ones. Yum!

  • Meghan @ After the Ivy League says:

    These look like the perfect way to festively eat a s’more on the 4th! How cute!

  • susan says:

    brilliant! and what gorgeous photos, amanda. And…I adore your font!

  • Cassie says:

    I wish I could run home right now and make a batch of these. LOVE this!

  • Carla @ Carlas Confections says:

    Amanda you are so funny! I am also easily impressed so I am super excited about the post tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚ These look so awesome! I cant believe no one has thought of these before! I cant wait to try them!!!

  • Jennifer @ Mother Thyme says:

    Red velvet is my absolute favorite! What a brilliant idea. I’m think I might make these for the 4th with a dollop of fresh whip cream and a few blueberries on top for a little festive red, white and blue treat.

  • Wendy says:

    Am in the process of mixing now.! At what point do you put in the red colorant? Recipe doesn’t say…. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Wendy says:

      Thanks for adding the colorant to the recipe. I put it in at the end after I realized it wasn’t in the dough. Thank you!! These are VERY tasty….

      • Amanda says:

        So sorry about that!! I would forgot my hand if it werent attached to my arm. Hopefully, because you were so kind to speak up, no one else has to be a victim of my forgetfulness. SO glad they tasted good though!!

  • Diane {Created by Diane} says:

    these look so wonderful, I just LOVE the pretty color of them.

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