Apple Cinnamon Graham Crackers ~ and our Adoption Story





Graham Crackers made with Apples and Cinnamon

our go-to after school snack


I was 28 when I first learned that I could not have a baby.

Married for less than a year.

At the time, I thought it was the worst possible thing that could happen to me.

I could not look at  my husbands gorgeous blue eyes without bursting into tears; I knew our baby would have those same eyes.

I’m not sure  how I finished that school year, but I spent the better part of my summer curled in a ball, crying.

September rolled around, keeping busy at school helped,and just as I was feeling a bit better, my sister -in-law is pregnant. Again. Unexpectedly. That news just about killed me, but then something changed. Almost immediately.  I stopped feeling hopeless and headed to the book store to research adoption books.

Ian and I were searching through stacks,when a woman pointed  out a book …Adopting in California by Randall Hicks. She also mentioned that if we use this book to be ready. She had a baby in less than 8 weeks.

Impossible I thought,but I picked up the book anyways.

The steps listed in the book sounded overwhelming, to say the least. But what did we have to lose. I followed each and every bit of the advice in the book.

I found an attorney first. She was lovely, and started us on the path to writing a dear birth mother letter.

That was in October.

We had a sign the dear birth mother letters party the first week of November.

500 letters were mailed that same week.

Our Charlie was born January 8.

I got the call in my classroom. We had been chosen by a birth mother, and that birth mother was in labor. If we wanted a baby, we best get to the hospital.

I left school at lunch.

That first week was a blur. I was on cloud nine, but I felt terrible about up and leaving my students, so I took my brand new baby for a visit. That afternoon my  teaching assistant gave me a book.  A very sweet, but very outdated book. Feed Me I’m Yours.


apple cinnamon graham crackers


That book changed so many things for me.  I read it cover to cover, and even though Charlie was only days old, I had a laundry list of what I would be making for him to eat. Graham crackers was the first recipe I used from the book.

I have no idea how many times I have made graham crackers. Dozens and dozens of crackers.  I have certainly tweaked the recipe over the years, but every time I make them I think about that afternoon.


apple-cinnamon graham crackers


Apple Cinnamon Graham Crackers ~ and our Adoption Story


  • 2 - 2 1/2 cups of whole wheat or Graham flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 stick of butter {cut into tablespoon size pieces}
  • 1/3 cup of honey {I used raw honey}
  • 3/4 cup of applesauce
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • cinnamon/sugar for topping


  • combine 2 cups of the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon
  • cut in the cold butter
  • add the honey, applesauce,and vanilla and mix well
  • if the dough is too sticky, add in the extra flour
  • roll in a ball and chill for at least 30 minutes
  • once the dough has chilled, pre-heat the oven to 350
  • roll the dough {14 - 1/2 inch}
  • cut
  • prick holes in the tops
  • top with cinnamon sugar {I use the sugar/spice grinder from Trader Joes}
  • bake 18 - 20 minutes
  • cool on cookie sheets for 2 minutes
  • transfer to a rack to complete cooling


I know my story really has nothing to do with apple cinnamon grahams, but they are good I promise.


Apple Cinnamon Graham Crackers



a few other grahams for you to try

chocolate peanut butter

chocolate and peanut butter graham crackers

red velvet

red velvet graham crackers


chocolate graham crackers


  1. says

    I absolutely love the story behind these graham crackers, so thanks so much for sharing. Adoption is wonderful and I wish more people saw adoption as a way to add to their family. We have Zoe who is our biological daughter and Eli who is adopted, and I have to tell you there is not difference in the love that we have for each of them. They are both miracles and I thank God for them every day. It doesn’t matter how our children come to us, whether it be through adoption, sperm donors etc, they are our children the moment they’re born. We even talk about adopting more kids, maybe an older child this time. There are just so many kids out there that just need a home and a family and we just have so much love to give!
    Ok, I so need to make these graham crackers! We love them! They’re the perfect after school snack paired with a glass of milk or the perfect dessert paired with a marshmallow and some chocolate! Yum! xoxo, Jackie

  2. says

    Ah Heather, it was nice to hear about your experience and the emotion behind both not being able to conceive and about getting the call at schoo. Very sweet tie in with the graham crackers, how could you NOT think about Charlie!

  3. says

    Oh wow! This is the sweetest thing, it’s bringing me to tears. The last few months, we’ve been planning to adopt a little baby here and I haven’t even mentioned it on my blog yet. She’s now in our care and she’s 7 weeks old. Before we came to Africa, we had tried to adopt COUNTLESS times and every single time, something fell through. We kept on praying for years and years and I now FINALLY have the baby sister I’ve been praying for since I was little. God hears our hearts and hears our cries always. Adoption is a beautiful thing! Thanks so much for sharing your story.

  4. says

    Thanks for sharing Heather! My husband and I adopted too and I’ve been wanting to share my story as well – one day I will….thanks! Have a great weekend! :)

  5. says

    I can only imagine how heartbreaking it would be to find that news out, my younger sister has had lots of issues, right now she is going through “menopause” at 22. At one of her doctors visits a nurse told her she might not be able to conceive but then two weeks later she was told that was not true and that nurse was wrong! Adoption sounds like such a beautiful blessing.

  6. says

    Heather, thanks for sharing your story. While I did end up having my two boys, through my infertility struggles, I remember that time when I didn’t know if I would be able to get pregnant and I remember the feelings every time a friend got pregnant seemingly because her husband just looked at her. You and your children are blessed to have each other. And I will definitely be making your recipe for my boys.

  7. says

    Thank you for sharing such a touching story. I’m 23 and kids aren’t really in the cards for me quite yet, but I have a sinking feeling that I can’t have kids. I don’t know what it is, I just can sort of feel it and I’m afraid of the long crazy process of adopting that you see in media. Your story has really sparked a little bit of hope in me. Thank you. =)


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