Thursday, May 28, 2009

Homemade Cheese Crackers


I love cheese crackers especially Cheez-It I can eat it just like that or even put it in my soup. Why bake my own cheese crackers when I can just buy a box of it? Well, I simply like the idea that I am able to bake something I like to eat and also it’s much healthier without all the preservatives. These homemade cheese crackers are the most tender, rich, buttery, cheesy crackers you have ever eaten. It involves very little fuss. Just put everything in the food processor, roll out the dough, cut it and then bake it.

Ingredients:

1 stick butter (113 grm) – at room temperature
1 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups Flour
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp of black pepper
1 tsp cayenne pepper (less if you prefer less spicy)
1 tsp of paprika
2 tbsp of cold water (more or less)

1. Preheat your oven to 325 degree F. Line a baking sheet with some parchment paper.
2. Put all the above ingredients except water in a food processor. Pulse until it resembles coarse bread crumbs. Slowly add in one tbsp of cold water or a bit more until the mixture comes together into a ball.
3. Take out the dough and lightly floured work surface, give the dough a few knead and let it rest for half an hour.
4. Roll the dough out thinly about 1/8" thick. Cut out into desired shapes
5. Bake for 15 minutes or until the crackers start to get just golden on the edges
Remove the baking pan from the oven, and transfer the browned crackers to a cooling rack.

28 comments:

Janet @ Gourmet Traveller 88 said...

Your cheese crackers look awesome!!! How long can they be kept in the airtight cookies container?

coffeesncookies said...

thanks for converting the butter measurement. I had a hard time converting it, plus, minus, divide..and ended up at 112.5gm, which is half a block of Fernleaf butter here.

Dawn said...

I am addicted to those Cheez It crackers!!!! Must try these then. If you say they are good, then I have too.

mc said...

that looks so good! can i do it without a food processor?

Little Corner of Mine said...

Looks really good. Would love to try it!

Erica said...

What a great blog!
You have amazing recipes and I love your pictures.

Wendy said...

I love your idea of making this because I found the store bought ones too salty for me. Will it be ok to omit the salt because the cheese is salty already? I wonder what kind of tool you used to make those nice edges.

Elin said...

Gert, Jo would love these cheese crackers :) I love it when you say put everything into the food processor :)

Chef Tess said...

Loved seeing someone else making crackers at home! It's getting to be such a lost art. Way to go!

My Asian Kitchen said...

this cracker look cute to eat!..wish I have time to bake some now!!

Cindy Khor said...

i'm gonna try this recipe, it looks like those selling in the shop except better...

pigpigscorner said...

They look perfect and yummy! The addition of cayenne pepper and paprika made them even better!

ICook4Fun said...

Janet, thank you. The cheese crackers last us only 3 days but I guess this will keep for more than a week.

Coffeesncookies, yea the butter here come in a block of 113 grms.

Dawn, hope you will try these out.

MC, you can just use you hand to mix the dough.

LCOM, thank you.

Erica, thank you and thanks for stopping by. Hope to see more of you.

Wendy, Yes you can always omit the salt. For the round shape I used a cookie cutter and for the square I used a pastry cutter.

Elin, this is really easy to make and hope you make some for Jo when she comes home :)

Chef Tess, yes people now will just buy it rather than making it.

Lesley, bake next week when you have more time. I know you are really busy this week :)

Cindy Khor, hope you like these crackers.

Pigpig, yes it gives the crackers a bit of kick :)

Emile Zola@life said...

This cracker look really delicious, I gonna to give a try later since my daughter just love everything with cheese. The problem I have to get the herbs cayenne pepper and paprika which these two items never appear in my kitchen before, hahaha..

ICook4Fun said...

Emile, you can just omit those two ingredients and replace it with some dry herbs. I put cayenne pepper for a bit of spice and paprika for color.

Elizabeth said...

God, I can't stop eating cheez-its whenever I buy them. I never thought about making them at home, but I bet they're even better.

pixen said...

Have to try this out...another addition to my lists! Actually which one to start first? I agreed with you about the addictives. Would you believe it's even inside wine???

MaryBe said...

I saw these on TasteSpotting and had to check them out! Thanks for sharing!

jen said...

If i don't have parchment, can it be baked on a lightly greased cookie sheet?

Sabrina Won said...

Hi gugu! wow! :D
i lovee this ! look so delicious..
yummy! =)

ICook4Fun said...

Elizabeth, I think this version is much healthier :)

Pixen, I know what you mean :) My list is getting longer and longer by the day too :)

MaryBe, thanks for stopping by.

Jen, I used parchment because I am too lazy to grease and wash the baking pan. Of course you can just use lightly grease cookie sheet :)

Sabrina (my niece), this is the first time you left a comment. Too bad when I went home I didn't have time to bake for you guys. Maybe when other gugu come here I will bake some and take it back for you o.k

Christelle said...

Rhoooo cheese crackers, magic!!
Humm, difficult to resist. How long do they keep in a tin box? you'll never know, they always go before they have a chance to go off ;)

Sabrina said...

haha, okay gugu. thx.
hope u come back again soon. =)
i'll comment more.

ICook4Fun said...

Christelle, these crackers didn't last long at our household. Only 4 days :) I think you should be able to keep this in an airtight container for over a week.

Sabrina, I will make you some ok. See if everything goes well I might go home again next year.

Nicole said...

I made these crackers tonight and I think I did something wrong... they are very good except that I feel like maybe I put too much pepper in it...or cayenne? Not sure which, anyway, I would totally make these again, just probably lesson both of those spices - I'm not a fan of too much heat though, so maybe it depends on taste buds. Thanks for the recipe!

ICook4Fun said...

Nicole, you can always reduce the amount of pepper and cayenne since you'te not a fan of heat.

Kaatje said...

These crackers are amazing! I made them for my little girl and she loves them :) Thank you for sharing this recipe!

suzie-q said...

I will try this recipe and hope it turns out better than the last one I tried. I usually invent my own, which is lots of fun but the last cheese crackers I did had good flavor but would not roll out AT ALL! Not sure what I did wrong. I bake all the time. your recipe is different. looking forward to trying them. Thanks!