Make crisp tasty homemade cheese crackers with just a few simple ingredients you can feel good about. Then serve them with your favorite soup, chili or a slice of summer sausage or eat them alone as a great snack.
If you can run a food processor and a rolling pin, you can make your own cheese crackers. Make them with a nice sharp cheddar for a cheez-it copycat or switch up the varieties of cheese to match your crackers to your mood.
MiMi originally shared this recipe back in January of 2015. It was the first month of this site’s life and not too many people were following along.
The crackers are so delicious. It seemed like a shame that most of you didn’t see the crackers the first time, so I whipped up another batch to make sure you had a chance to see them and make some for yourself.
Benefits of making your own crackers
Of course there are plenty of tasty cheese cracker options on the grocery store shelves. But making them yourself means they are packed full of real cheese and no preservatives.
Plus you can customize the flavors. We like a tiny bit of garlic powder in ours.
The cheddar and Parmesan cheese combination gives you the color and flavor you expect in a cheese cracker, but you could experiment to your heart’s content.
Gouda crackers? Yes please! Or white cheddar crackers with a bit of rosemary? I think so!
Whipping up the dough
Toss butter, cheese, flour, salt and a pinch of garlic powder into a food processor and let it go until you have a ball of dough. It takes a couple of minutes to get there but almost no effort.
Because the food processor is already out, just toss in some block cheese. It reduces the additives in your crackers and opens up the cheese possibilities.
Wrap dough in some plastic wrap and let it chill. Then roll it out nice and thin.
Now cut your crackers. I used a large biscuit cutter for dippable crackers.
Using cute little cookie cutters would make for a fun snack. However, you could easily use a a knife or pizza cutter to make lots of little square crackers.
Arrange the cracker dough on a baking sheet and sprinkle them with a bit of coarse salt. For the flattest crackers, dock them a few times with a fork before you bake them.
In a few minutes you will have a tray of yummy smelling savory crackers that are just begging to be eaten. It could just become a weekly ritual!
You can toss a baggie of them in your lunch bag or the kids’ lunch boxes. Or have a few on hand for a afternoon snack.
Or enjoy them with a bowl of soup or chili. They are also great with a slice of sausage.
Original post from MiMi in January 2015
These are so yummy! Do yourself a favor and make a double batch. Little Dude loves them and so do the adults.
They are great on their own and perfect with a bowl of soup. They are full of flavor and you could make them into any shape for any occasion.
MiMi put some plastic wrap over her dough before she rolled them. This helped keep a nice smooth surface and kept the dough from sticking to the rolling pin.
More fun cracker recipes
Chili cheese spritz crackers are another great complement to a bowl of chili. Use a cookie press to make fun shapes without a lot of effort.
Swamp fish crackers start with already made crackers and toss them in a flavorful seasoning mix. They are a fun snack for parties.
If making crackers isn’t your thing, bake a loaf of beer bread. You can have the batter whipped up and ready for the oven in almost no time.
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MiMi’s Homemade Cheese Crackers
- 4 oz. sharp cheddar cheese
- 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan
- ¾ cup all purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- Pour all ingredients into food processor and process until a ball is formed. This may take several minutes. (Don’t give up, it will happen!)
- Form into a disk and wrap in plastic.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Roll dough to 1/8-inch thick and cut into shapes of your choice. Prick with a fork a few times to keep bubbles from forming.
- Place crackers on parchment paper covered or greased cookie sheet.
- Lightly sprinkle with salt then bake for 10-15 minutes or until slightly browned.
- Make more!!