By Real Simple Editors
Updated January 31, 2019

You’ve seen them as a starring co-star getting cozy with marshmallows and chocolate in the camp-side favorite, s’mores. You might’ve crushed them in the past to hold up a creamy pie filling and make a pie shell, or maybe you’ve used graham crackers as a tasty base for nut butters as a simple snack. But certainly, you haven’t tried using graham crackers in easy, new, and clever ways—yet.

Graham crackers can make a tasty coating for chicken tenders, become the pièce de résistance in these no-bake snack bars, and form the layers in a new kind of icebox cake. That little box hanging out in the pantry can be all these things!

And what are graham crackers made of, anyway? Subtly sweet and nutty graham crackers are made from whole-wheat graham flour. It’s a bit coarser than the regular grind and the cracker is usually sweetened with honey. Now you know, graham crackers can do way more than sandwich chocolate and marshmallows. With range like this, you’d better buy an extra box.

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Graham-Crusted Chicken Tenders

Juicy chicken tenders get breaded with a mixture of crushed graham crackers and pretzels. These crunchy tenders are a fun twist on a weeknight staple and one that’s surprisingly easy to whip up. Don’t forget the honey mustard and ketchup.

Get the recipe: Graham-Crusted Chicken Tenders

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No-Bake Graham Cracker Squares

This all-ages friendly snack bar has a gooey honey-peanut butter sauce coating the best ingredients: graham crackers, oats, peanuts, and coconut, just to name a few. This decadent treat is perfect for an afternoon break or an activity on the go.

Get the recipe: No-Bake Graham Cracker Squares

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Orange Dreamsicle Icebox Cake

Creamy orange-flavored filling is layered in between graham cracker sheets, and then topped off with a pillow of fluffy whipped cream and juicy orange segments.

Get the recipe: Orange Dreamsicle Icebox Cake