Cheese Crackers

Crackers(1)Recently I tried something new that I had never baked before – crackers!  I had found inspiration for this recipe online and made some minor modifications.  The result was a cracker that was just like a Ritz!  While I used a cheddar blend, it would be fun to try other cheeses to see how they work in this recipe.  I would imagine that almost any “shredable” cheese would work nicely, and I’d love to hear what experiments any of you take on with other cheeses.

I should note that the recipe instructs that the dough be rolled to 1/8” thickness.  Evidently, I am a bad judge of thickness.  These crackers puff up considerably during baking.  So, don’t hesitate to make the crackers as thin as possible.  Thicker crackers result in almost a “puff”.  The puffs were excellent right out of the oven, but after a day or two the thin crackers were my preference.  Experiment with various thicknesses to see what you like!

I stored my crackers uncovered because the puff ones weren’t as crisp as I would have preferred.  They never got stale and stayed good for 3 days (until I ate the last one).

This recipe might be especially nice for those of you who have children but don’t want to feed them too many processed foods.  They are a great snack item and can be easily packed up for food on the go.

Cheese Crackers
Adapted from Culinary Concoctions from Peabody

 Crackers(2)

1 c all-purpose flour
¾ t salt
Pinch of cayenne pepper, optional
4 T cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
8 oz grated cheddar cheese blend (or whatever cheese you want)
3-4 T water

  • With a pastry cutter or in a food processor, combine the flour, salt and pepper, then add butter and combine until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add grated cheese a little at a time until the mixture again resembles coarse meal.
  • Add in 3 to 4 tablespoons of water, one tablespoon at a time, and only enough so that the dough forms a ball.
  • Remove, wrap in plastic, and chill for 20 minutes or up to 24 hours.
  • Roll the dough out to 1/8th-inch thickness. The dough will be drier than a pastry crust and you may need less flour on your surface.  Using a pizza cutter, cut crackers into your preferred size and shape.
  • Bake at 350° F for 15-20 minutes or until crackers are golden brown. If some crackers are cooking faster than others, mix them up part way through cooking.
  • Remove from oven, cool, and enjoy.

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