Honey Graham Mini Cupcakes

If you, too, find yourself wandering listlessly through a CVS as often as I do, you know that the baking inspiration within its walls is hard to come by.

Instead of giving in to the host of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream cartons that are eyeing you back as you pass through the freezer section, try this recipe instead.  Grab a box of graham crackers and a container of honey.  If you already are well stocked with the most basic baking ingredients at home, you’ll be all set.

These mini vanilla butter cupcakes are topped with honey buttercream, a dollop of honey, and a sprinkle of graham streusel.  The vanilla butter cake has a biscuit-y taste that pairs well with the uber-sweet honey frosting and sweet-n-salty streusel.  Honey is the sweetest type of sugar in existence, so it really needs that salt to balance out the flavor.

These cupcakes are so good and so simple that you’ll be amazed by your own ingenuity.  You will want to test out this same recipe with other various snackfoods after your next inevitable CVS romp!

Scroll down for the recipe.

Yellow Butter Cake

Makes 24 mini cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until combined.
  4. Mix together flour, salt, and baking soda in a separate bowl.  Gradually add mixture to the butter mixture.
  5. Mix in the whole milk until combined.
  6. Let bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Honey Buttercream

Ingredients:

  • ½ cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions:

  1. In a stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream together the butter and honey.
  2. Add powdered sugar one cup at a time, at low speed.
  3. Mix on high until light and fluffy.

Graham Streusel

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs, from 3 graham crackers
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces

Instructions:

  1. Crush the graham crackers into small crumbs.
  2. Combine crumbs with the flour, brown sugar, and salt.
  3. Work cold butter into the mixture until it has the texture of wet sand.

Nah Nah Honey, I’m Good…

…I could have another but I probably should not….

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I wouldn’t be surprised if that Andy Grammer song was actually a sweet serenade to honey graham crackers!

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Chocolate s’mores: Use a chocolate marshmallow and top with Hershey’s chocolate syrup!

The lightning bugs are out in the parks, the tourists are flocking to Lake Michigan in droves, and I’m pretty sure there is a waiting list to reserve the grill on my apartment’s shared patio.  This can only mean one thing… s’more season is here!  When you make this graham cracker recipe from scratch, the whole s’mores process is certainly a bit more fussy than opening some packaged Honey Maid grahams, but is also makes the treat a whole new level of delicious.  Whether you’re toasting your marshmallows over the gaslight in your kitchen or over a crackling fire pit in the woods, these cookies are sure to attract the attention of kids, critters, and food snobs alike.

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Honey grahams sandwiching strawberry and raspberry ice creams that I made earlier in the year during pastry school. The perfect flavor profile for summer!

While s’mores are the quintessential summer cook-out dessert, another easy variation involves slathering these tasty graham crackers with your favorite ice cream to create these darling ice cream sandwiches.  I found that tangy flavors were the best match with the sweet cookies.  I took MANY photos of these sandwiches because everything about them screamed “summer.”  Take a look through these refreshing shots, and then try your hand at making some graham crackers in your own kitchen!  Scroll down for the recipe.

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Honey Grahams Recipe

Ingredients: 2 cups whole wheat flour, 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 cup margarine, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/3 cup honey, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/2 cup whole milk, 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions: Cream together margarine, brown sugar, and honey.  Separately, mix together all dry ingredients.  Slowly incorporate the dry mixture into the creamed mixture, alternating with the milk and vanilla.  Let dough sit overnight in the fridge for best results.  Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

Top with cinnamon sugar to taste (excellent for traditional s’mores), or use sanding sugar for decoration.