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.
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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