Crackers are a favorite snack for my family. Much like with muffins, there are so many different flavors of cracker out there, that it’s hard to choose, let alone get tired of eating them. However, among all of those crackers, cheese crackers are our ultimate favorite. However, there came a point where I wanted to try to make crackers from scratch. After searching through multiple recipes online, I stumbled upon one for cheese crackers. After making a few times, I modified this recipe to what works best for my family. These homemade cheese crackers are packed with flavor and provide a lot of snacking potential.
In a food processor, place flour, cheese, and butter. Pulse until it resembles coarse sand. This may take a minute or two.
Add water, 1 Tablespoon at a time and pulse. This will bring the dough slowly together and ensure that it does not become too moist. Once the dough forms into a ball it is ready.
Remove the ball of dough and press into a firm ball. Make sure to get any remnants out of the food processor. Wrap the dough in plastic and place in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes. The dough needs to be chilled for the next step.
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to about 1/8 inch thick. The crackers will puff up quite a bit while baking, so you want to have your dough fairly thin.
Using a small cookie cutter or pizza cutter, cut the dough into shapes. I find using a pizza cutter works best. Make the crackers however big or small you want. Just remember, the larger the crackers the less you will make. Cutting them to about 1-inch square will net around 10 dozen crackers, if not more.
Place the crackers on a lighted cookie sheet, leaving a bit of space between them. They will not spread, so you can pack them in fairly tightly. Bake for about 15 minutes or until crispy.
- 8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese, about 2 cups
- 4 Tablespoons butter, cut into small cubes
- 1 cup flour
- 2-3 Tablespoons Cold Water
- ¾ teaspoons Salt (optional)
- Place cheese, flour, and butter in a food processor and pulse until the dough resembles coarse sand.
- Add the water, 1 Tablespoon at a time and pulse until combined. Once the dough comes together in a ball it is ready.
- Remove the dough and wrap in plastic. Place in the refrigerator and chill for about 20 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to about 1/8 inch thick. These crackers will puff up quite a bit while baking.
- Using a cookie cutter or a pizza cutter, cut the dough into shapes. The number of crackers you get will be determined by how large you make the crackers. On average, I get at least 10 dozen crackers by making them in about 1-inch squares. Place on a lined cookie sheet.
- Bake for about 15 minutes or until crispy.
These crackers can also be made pizza flavored with a few simple changes. Use mozzarella cheese in place of cheddar and instead of water, use pizza sauce. It will need a bit more sauce than you would use water to get it to form a ball, but the pizza flavor is a fantastic way to switch up flavors without a lot of effort.
Have you ever made crackers from scratch?