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Elf-Inspired Christmas “Grams”#SundaySupper Elf-Inspired Christmas “Grams”#SundaySupper

Christmas Gram Quote

I am so excited about this recipe! This weeks’ theme for #SundaySupper is Holiday Music and Movie Inspired Dishes.  I thought, and thought, and thought some more about what I could make. I knew which movie I was going to use, because it’s a family favorite. But what to make… There was of course the obvious answers – food directly out of the movie -but I wasn’t feeling inspired. Then when re-watching the movie it came to me….Christmas “grams”.  You remember this scene;

So this brings us to Christmas Grahams!!! Homemade graham cracker/cookies.  I thought Buddy would totally approve of these for a few reasons.

First, I used maple syrup in them. Which is one of the 4 elf food groups.

Second, they’re in Christmas shapes.

Third, they have sugar in them.

A Buddy approved snack.

I had never made graham crackers, and we can’t buy them in Morocco so this was going to be a treat no matter what. I had hoped these would come out a little thinner but I don’t have a rolling pin here and could only get them so thin without one. Truthfully, they still have a graham cracker texture but are a little bit softer – so a graham cookie? What I like the best is that they aren’t overly sweet.  My boys liked them better once they were frosted but that’s up to you. No matter what – you’ll enjoy these. Don’t forget a big glass of milk.

Christmas Grams

Elf-Inspired Christmas “Grams”#SundaySupper


  • 2 1 /2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown cane sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • Icing
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1-2 tsp water
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar


  • In a large bowl mix together flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon and baking soda.
  • Add cold, cubed butter and mix into the dry ingredients using your fingers, a pastry cutter, or pulse in a food processor.
  • In another bowl whisk together syrup, water, and vanilla.
  • Slowly add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients until a dough forms.
  • Between two sheets of parchment paper, roll out 1/4 of the dough as thin as possible. For more of a cookie 1/4" thickness is good. For a cracker roll even thinner.
  • Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes and place onto a cookie sheet lined with silpat or parchment paper.
  • Repeat until you've used all of the dough.
  • Preheat your oven to 350F. While the oven is heating pop the cookie sheets into your freezer. This will help them from spreading.
  • Place into the oven as soon as preheated and cook 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack,
  • To Make Icing
  • In a bowl whisk together powdered sugar with vanilla and water until a thick icing is formed.
  • Transfer to a piping bag or plastic bag with a decorators dip on the end.
  • Once the cookies are completely cool pipe onto cookies as you would like.


Come see what everyone else made! No matter what your favorite holiday song or movie is, there’s a good chance one of the #SundaySupper team have it covered.

Party Appetizers & Snacks:

Oven-Roasted Applesauce Scented with Rosemary & Vanilla-Inspired by the song
“Christmas in the Trenches”- Shockingly Delicious
Roasted Chestnuts Inspired by the movie “The Christmas Song”Food Lust People Love
A Popcorn Trio
Inspired by the song “Let it Snow” - Hot Momma’s Kitchen Chaos
Chai Tea Abominable Snow Buddies
Inspired by the movie “Rudolph”Cupcakes & Kale Chips
Raisin Bran Muffins for a Crowd
Inspired by the movie
“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” - In The Kitchen With Audrey and Maurene
Icicle Candy and Reindeer Snacks Inspired by the movie “Snow”Treats & Trinkets
A Christmas Carol Plum Pudding
Inspired by the movie “A Christmas Carol”No One Likes Crumbley Cookies
Yukon Mashed Potato Cakes
Inspired by the movie “Rudolph” - Cookin’ Mimi
Christmas Pudding
Inspired by the song “Over the River and Through the Woods” - A Kitchen Hoor
Pumpkin Pudding
Inspired by the movie “Nightmare Before Christmas” - Basic N Delicious
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Inspired by the movie “Elf” - MarocMama
Inspired by the movie “The Nutcracker”Happy Baking Days
Chai Spiced Roasted Nuts
Inspired by the song “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” - Take A Bite Out of Boca

Festive Main Dishes

Maple Syrup Spaghetti- Inspired by the movie “Elf”- Momma’s Meals
Who Hash Inspired by the movie “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” -girlichef
Ginger Orange Glazed Cornish Hens Inspired by the song “The 12 Days of Christmas” -Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
NY Hot Dog with Sabrett-style Onion Sauce Inspired by the movie “Die Hard” - Small Wallet, Big Appetite
Classic Caesar Salad Inspired by the movie “The Santa Clause”The Little Ferraro Kitchen
Individuals Meatloaves & Horseradish Mashed Potatoes for Mommy’s Little Piggies - Inspired by the movie
“A Christmas Story”The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
Christmas Waffles Inspired by the TV special “A Claymation Christmas Celebration”Curious Cuisiniere
Filthy Animal Pizza
Inspired by the movie “Home Alone”Foxes Love Lemons
Chicken Orzo Soup
Inspired by the song “12 Days of Christmas” - Family Foodie
Brandied Candied Sweet Potatoes
Inspired by the song “Christmas Is The Time To Say ‘I Love You’ ” –
Cindy’s Recipes and Writings

Sweet Holiday Treats:

Gin and Tonic Cupcakes Inspired by Adam Sandler’s ” The Chanukah Song” - The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
Chocolate Chip Shortbread Bars Inspired by the movie “Love Actually”Magnolia Days
Gingerbread Marshmallows Inspired by the song “Marshmallow World”Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies Inspired by the movie “The Gremlins”Killer Bunnies, Inc
White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge Inspired by the song “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas”Alida’s Kitchen
Snowball Cookies - Inspired by the movie “White Christmas” -The Foodie Army Wife
Penuche Fudge
Inspired by the movie “Elf” Pies and Plots
Hot Chocolate Cookies
Inspired by the movie “Santa Clause” - Mess Makes Food
South Pacific Coconut Tres Leche Cake
Inspired by the movie “South Pacific” -The Ninja Baker
Cookies & Cream Fudge
Inspired by the movie “Elf”The Messy Baker

Cozy Drinks:

Toasted Coconut Hot Cocoa- Inspired by the song “Let It Snow”- Chocolate Moosey
The Christmas Gram Inspired by the movie “Elf”An Appealing Plan
Eggnog Hot Chocolate Inspired by the movie “National Lampoons Christmas Vacation” - Peanut Butter and Peppers
Vermont Hot Cocoa
Inspired by the movie “White Christmas”Kudos Kitchen By Renee
Spiked Hot Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream Floats
Inspired by the song “Holly Jolly Christmas “ -NeighborFood

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Amanda Mouttaki

Curious world traveling, mom of two busy boys, foodie at heart, addicted to social media and lover of all things Moroccan.

  • Micha @ Cookin’ Mimi

    December 24, 2013 #4 Author

    Elf is my favorite Christmas movie. These look fabulous.


  • Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    December 24, 2013 #5 Author

    There’s so many “Elf”-lovers in this group that I’m a little embarrassed I’ve never seen it. I definitely need to correct this!


  • Katy

    December 23, 2013 #7 Author

    What an inspired idea – these graham cookies look so festive – definitely Buddy approved!


  • Courtney @ Neighborfood

    December 23, 2013 #8 Author

    I love this idea! Elf is one of our favorite movies as well and I definitely think these would be Buddy approved! I actually love how thick they are too–more like a graham cracker cookie. I would love that!


  • Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips

    December 23, 2013 #9 Author

    What a fun and tasty treat!


  • Stacy

    December 22, 2013 #11 Author

    I am in awe of your making graham crackers, Amanda! I cannot tell you how many times and how many places we’ve lived where I couldn’t get graham crackers and I just made do with another biscuits. It never even occurred to me that I could make them. Great job!


    • Amanda Mouttaki

      December 23, 2013 #12 Author

      I can’t imagine not having smores! I still need to work out how to make marshmallows but it’s at least on the list. Specaloo cookies are better than grahams in my opinion but my kids disagree!


  • Family Foodie

    December 22, 2013 #13 Author

    Love these Christmas Grams… Merry Christmas to you and your family. Thank you for being a big part of our #SundaySupper family!


  • Samantha @FerraroKitchen

    December 22, 2013 #14 Author

    So clever!! And one of my favorite movies too!


  • Shannon R

    December 22, 2013 #15 Author

    Yum! These look fantastic! I’d love a Christmas Graham!


  • The Ninja Baker

    December 22, 2013 #16 Author

    The Elf Committee definitely approves and is looking forward to diving into a batch of soft grams…With frosting and maple syrup in the cookies, what’s not to love? Happy Holidays, Amanda =)


  • Carla

    December 22, 2013 #17 Author

    Love your creativity with this one! Elf is one of my favorite Christmas movies too.


  • Laura Dembowski

    December 22, 2013 #19 Author

    I made graham crackers once before, and did not love how they turned out. Yours look wonderful, especially with the icing and festive shape!


  • Martin D. Redmond

    December 22, 2013 #22 Author

    I haven’t watched “Elf” in years Amanda. I’m gonna have to revisit it! Your “grams” look fantastic! Happy Holidays!


  • Cindys Recipes and Writings

    December 22, 2013 #24 Author

    Sounds like an elfing good snack to me, Amanda!


  • Constance @FoodieArmyWife

    December 22, 2013 #25 Author

    What beautiful little cookies!


  • Audrey’s Mamma

    December 22, 2013 #27 Author

    Such a cute idea! My girls love graham crackers but I have never attempted to make them. Maybe it is because they are so easy to purchase. This would be a fun activity for us while we are snowed in this weekend!


  • Renee

    December 22, 2013 #28 Author

    Okay, I have to confess that I’ve never watched the movie “Elf” nor have I made grahams. I can see now that both need to be on my to-do list.


  • Liz

    December 22, 2013 #31 Author

    My kids would want frosting, too, but I’m an equal opportunity taster! They look so festive and yummy!


  • Laura

    December 22, 2013 #32 Author

    So they have the texture and the taste but are softer? Well then I think you have a winner because that is the only thing I never liked about graham crackers. I use to open the package and purposely leave them open for a while until they went slightly stale so they softened up. :)


    • Amanda Mouttaki

      December 22, 2013 #33 Author

      Yes – they are very similar in taste and texture but not crispy! You could roll them thinner to get a more crisp taste to it but sounds like you’d prefer them this way!


  • Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers

    December 22, 2013 #34 Author

    My gosh your Grams look amazing and so beautiful! I think I am the only person in the world who hasn’t seen Elf! I have to see it this year! It’s on my Christmas things to do!


  • Tammi @ Momma’s Meals

    December 22, 2013 #39 Author

    What a fabulous idea!! Love the imagination on this one. Plus they look yummy and Elf is a classic in our house too!! Happy Holidays!


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