Homemade Cheese Crackers

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A few years ago when we made the decision to avoid processed and packaged food as much as possible, I worried about snacks. Up until that point, every snack I knew came from a bag, box or wrapper. Would we just learn to forgo those snacky-type foods altogether?

But then I started experimenting and quickly realized the amount of snacks that can be made from scratch is virtually endless. Sweet, salty and savory snacks can all be made at home with out too much effort. Sure, there are times when I give in and we all dig into a bag of chips or box of cookies, but overall, I’m pleased with our from-scratch snacks.

These crackers are a favorite with the kids. My husband and I like them best right out of the oven while still warm, but the kids will eat them anyway. I usually use sharp cheddar because we all prefer the stronger flavor, but you could easily replace it with your favorite cheese.

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Homemade Cheese Crackers

  • 2 c. Sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 6 T. butter or margarine, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 c. flour
  • 1/4 t. cumin
  • 1/8 – 1/4 t. cayenne pepper
  • 3-5 T. cold water
  • Salt, for garnish, optional

1. In a large bowl, combine cheese and butter. Using your hands or a food processor, cut the butter into the cheese until fully incorporated. Work in flour, seasonings and as much water as needed to hold the dough together.

2. Roll the dough into a log about a foot long. Shape into desired shape (circle, oval, square, etc).With a sharp knife, cut off slices of a medium thinness and place on a baking sheet. Repeat until done and sprinkle with some salt, if desired. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes, until golden brown.

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  1. Rachel says:

    oooh!! These look so good!
    What kind of flour did you use?
    Just wondering if it would work out ok with a gluten free flour blend… if so, I bet my kids would love it. They haven’t had crackers in years. They dont care for the store bought GF crackers and I have never been brave enough to make any.

  2. Cara says:

    Cheese crackers are definitely a staple in my son’s diet, and I’ve been thinking about trying to make them myself. Yours look perfect!

  3. These sound delicious! I’ve tried several cracker recipes and haven’t found a “keeper” yet, I’ll be trying this one! This is one of the few things I haven’t yet found a homemade replacement for.

  4. Brenda says:

    Those look really good. I bet they taste good warm.

  5. I’ve always wanted to make cheese crackers. I’ve only seen the super thin variety before, which I’ve enjoyed served on salads when eating out occasionally. I love that yours are thick though. I bet they taste incredible! They certainly look amazing. I’ll try them with some gluten-free flour. I’m sure they’ll turn out fine. :-)

    Love the name of your blog. Sometimes it does seem like the moments in the kitchen are stolen. ;-)

    Shirley

  6. Monica says:

    These look and sound fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

  7. SnoWhite says:

    delicious looking! we’ll have to give these a try as a replacement for store bought cheesy crackers (which we seem to have a weakness for!).

  8. Iris says:

    I’m so impressed by your commitment to stay away from processed foods. I really want to start making my own snacks so that I don’t have to buy them when I travel.

  9. These look so good–I’m adding these to my list of things to try!

  10. Sherry says:

    Yum! I love sharp cheddar! I’ll have to give these a try!

  11. These sound GREAT!!! I like sharp cheddar.
    Geri

  12. These look and sound delicous. I am slowly getting over my fear of baking… I might go give these a try right now!

  13. Rachel says:

    YUMMY!
    I just tried them with rice flour and they were a big hit! I only used a little cayenne and the kids said they were spicy. They drank a lot of water with them, but ate almost the whole pan!
    Thanks for sharing this recipe.
    They were so nice and crunchy!

  14. Sounds wonderful. I will enjoy making these crackers!!! Thanks.

  15. I am sure that these crackers made with rice flour were yummy. Brown rice flour would give a nice crunch, too. I’ve made cheese crackers with gruyere and they were great – reminiscent of Cheese Nips. (I think that’s what they’re called – those little square cheese crackers – it’s been so long since I’ve bought crackers that I can’t remember!)

    Thanks for sharing out the St. Jude fundraiser and for linking up at Slightly Indulgent Mondays. :)

  16. SD Kelly says:

    Cheddar and Cumin. Two of my favorite ingredients when it comes to crunchy food items. This recipe is perfect for afternoon snacks. Thank you! And since I sometimes share my treats with my dogs, I’m sure they will be thanking you as well.

  17. karen says:

    I am going to have to try these with pepper jack cheese! (served with a nice porter) Or maybe smoked gouda.

  18. Sophie would love these, and they seem great for making with the kids. We’ll be trying ‘em for sure.

    And I think I might be taking karen’s idea on the pepper jack or smoked gouda versions…mmmmmm

  19. Sophie would love these, and they seem great for making with the kids. We’ll be trying ‘em for sure.

    And I think I might be taking karen’s idea on the pepper jack or smoked gouda versions…mmmmmm

  20. Andrea says:

    Thank you for this recipe! I discovered your blog this afternoon and made these this evening. My one year old loved them! He just kept pointing to the kitchen asking for more! I would love to see more recipes like this (alternatives for store bought snacks)!

  21. Rebekah says:

    These look delicious. I found your blog a few months ago and love the idea of homemade from scratch foods that still taste great. I will definitely give these a try. My 3 yr old son just loves cheese crackers.
    I like the idea of trying pepper jack cheese. I think I will give that a try Yum!

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